Welcome to SponGIS, the dedicated data portal for deep-sea sponge data built as part of project SponGES.
The SponGIS database has been designed to follow international standards for biodiversity data (i.e. Darwin Core, Dublin Core) and closely follows the schema of the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS). In SponGIS, we use an additional extension of the Darwin Core (MeasurementOrFact) to capture data and datasets that extend beyond just biodiversity data. In SponGES, these can be data that captures physical or chemical variables, and can even hold maps. This resource explains the structure of the SponGIS database, and provides guidance on how participants or external collaborators can contribute datasets.