The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) acts as the coordination and information platform for marine and coastalrelated scientific research in Flanders and serves as an international contact point. The VLIZ is a government funded but autonomous institute with the legal status of a non-profit organization and employs 65 FTE’s. VLIZ set up a strong collaborative network through 21 cooperation agreements with Flemish research groups and administrations and integrates its activities in 7 national and 25 international networks. VLIZ has an important international impact by hosting the project office for UNESCO/IOC programme on International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE), the Marine Board of the European Science Foundation and the Secretariat of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet). The data centre of VLIZ represents a core activity and is a world leader in managing marine biodiversity data. It is the National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC) for Flanders is a World Data Centre and hosts the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), the European Ocean Biogeographic Information System (EurOBIS) and the sea level station monitoring facility of the Global Sea Level Observing System (GLOSS). VLIZ also coordinates the Biological European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) and is responsible for the development of the EMODnet Central Data Portal. VLIZ will contribute to the work package on data integration, in particular to the activities related to data harmonization and facilitating data flow between AtlantOS and OBIS, WoRMS and EMODnet.
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