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Citizen Science: Engaging with change in the marine environment

A workshop held by The Marine Biological Association at The Linnaean Society, London 16th February 2012

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Volunteer Recorders Conference 2008

The conference was organized and managed by the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) of the Marine Biological Association (MBA).

The aim of the conference was to strengthen the relationship between recording schemes and the statutory agencies, thus maximising the useability of volunteer data. The conference also contributed to standardization of data dissemination methods.

Volunteer Recorders Conference 2008

Thursday 29th May and Friday 30th May 2008

University of Wales in Cardiff Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff, Wales

Download the 2008 report.

Report reference:
Baker, G., Hatton-Brown, M. 2008. Volunteer Marine Recording In a Changing World. Report to Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs from the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN). Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the UK. [Contract reference ME4131]


Volunteer Recorders Conference 2006

“Making marine life recording work” a two-day conference for volunteer marine life recorders.

Plymouth University was the venue for a two-day event entitled “Making Volunteer Recording Work, The MarLIN Marine Life Volunteer Recording Conference ”. Volunteer recorders and representatives from a range of marine life societies, trusts, Local Record Centres and statutory nature conservation agencies met to discuss current issues in volunteer marine recording.

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“Making marine life recording work” a one-day conference on volunteer recording. The Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the UK. [Full report] (NB: 0.25 Mb file)

Volunteer Recorders Conference 2006

Delegates and the MarLIN team at the conference

'Making marine life recording work'. Plymouth University, 29 June 2006.

Day 1 began with presentations from prominent figures in UK marine recording and conservation. A series of brief presentations from a range of organisations involved in marine recording followed.

In the afternoon breakout groups discussed key topics.

On day 2 Delegates were given a choice between training in the use of Marine Recorder software, or to participate in a rocky shore survey as part of the Shore Thing project.

MarLIN would like to acknowledge the generous support for the conference given by the Department for Food Environment and Rural Affairs (Defra).


Volunteer Recorders Conference 2004

“Making marine life recording work” a one-day conference on volunteer recording.

Exeter University was the venue for a one-day conference entitled “Making marine life recording work”. Volunteer recorders and representatives from a range of marine life societies, trusts, Local Record Centres and statutory nature conservation agencies met to discuss important issues in volunteer marine recording.

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“Making marine life recording work” a one-day conference on volunteer recording. The Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) Plymouth: Marine Biological Association of the UK. [Full report] (NB: 0.5 Mb file)

Volunteer Recorders Conference 2004

Delegates and the MarLIN team at the conference

Exeter University, 29 July 2004.

The day began with presentations from four prominent figures in UK marine recording and conservation. A series of brief presentations from a range of organisations involved in marine recording followed.

In the afternoon breakout groups discussed key topics including data flow, validation and verification of data, use of volunteer records for decision makers and how to engage people in volunteer recording.

MarLIN offered to chair a virtual forum, accessible to all online, to maintain communication and awareness of what is happening within the marine recording community. The forum will foster cooperation at the regional level and encourage marine recording nationally, especially in areas of poor coverage. Other outcomes included the recommendation to standardise database software. This would stop problems such as duplication of records. It was also suggested that transparency in data handling would be improved through data sharing agreements.

MarLIN would like to acknowledge the generous support for the conference given by the UK National Biodiversity Network, The Crown Estate, British Marine Aggregates Producers Association and English Nature.