Centralizing marine mammal stranding data: a web-based content management system

TitleCentralizing marine mammal stranding data: a web-based content management system
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2013
AuthorsCramer, S. R., D. R. Ketten, J. J. Arruda, R. Manchester, and M. Niemeyer
Conference Name20th Biennial Conference on the Biology of Marine Mammals
Date Published12/2013
PublisherSociety for Marine Mammology
Conference LocationDunedin, New Zealand
Keywordscmf, cms, content management, csi, database, drupal, marine mammal, stranding, whoi

Marine mammal stranding data may include field and laboratory photographs, morphometric and life history, necropsy reports, histology reports, pathology reports, and medical imaging reports collected by a number of response teams and in multiple formats. Data are typically stored on institution servers or computers and may not be readily available to all interested groups. The Computerized Scanning and Imaging Facility of Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) has developed a website (http://csi.whoi.edu) using free, open-source content management framework (CMF) and content management system (CMS) Drupal. The core functions of CMF and CMS systems are to present information on websites and provide a centralized data editing, publishing and storage platform. We present a description of the CMF and CMS systems, their application in managing stranding data, the advantages of using CMF and CMS (centralized data management, data storage and access, format management, indexing, search and retrieval, and data sharing) and how they provide procedures to facilitate collaborative analyses. Sponsored by the Office of Naval Research (ONR) and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI).