Computer technology and Internet capabilities allow scientists to store large amounts of data in computer databases. This makes it easier for them to share their data with other scientists around the world. The effectiveness of research on marine biodiversity increases as researchers gain rapid access to data from previous studies. Internet databases also allow for more efficient future research plans. The results of the entire Census of Marine Life effort are available online for scientists, policy-makers, educators, and the general public. This legacy of information is at the very heart of what makes the Census such a crucial component of our understanding of the diversity of marine life: past, present and future.
|A map showing the known distribution of the deep-sea octopus Bathypolypus arcticus around the world. (Ocean Biogeographic Information System - OBIS)|
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