The MedOBIS vLab provides reliable and quality controlled marine species and habitats datasets from all over the Mediterranean Sea. It disseminates valuable historical and current occurrence records and environmental information.

MedOBIS facilitates data gathering, storage, analysis, sharing and visualizing. This information gives the ability to predict distribution changes and an opportunity of better management on regional and global scale. It is available after registration through LifeWatchGreece portal.

MedOBIS is the Mediterranean node of Ocean Biogeographic Information System. It consists of a relational postgreSQl database for cleaning and storing the datasets, the MedOBIS IPT (Integrated Publishing Toolkit- ) which is available for sharing data and metadata and Medobis viewer(vLab) as a geodata tool, developed by open layers for visualization. It also provides WMS and WFS services through a Geoserver which is connected to the visualization tool and to the database. OBIS and GBIF harvests all the datasets through IPT.

MedOBIS currently (2021) hosts 54 datasets, covering the period 1844 to 2017, with over 77,000 occurrence records accompanied with taxonomical, trait, geographical and environmental information. Login is required to access the vLab; while the IPT is open to any user.


The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.