Sea Citation Database

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Welcome to the Sea Citation Database

Portuguese sources' descriptions and analyses are lacking in the global historiography of Ocean History, the History of Natural History, the History of Science, and the History of the Environment. This lacuna has led to the agency of Portuguese being almost totally missing in historical aspects of imperial ecology and nature appropriation, use and transformation of coastal, marine and oceanic spaces and environments, resources' exploitation and trading, fishing, whaling and sealing, natural history and animal studies.

By making these documented sources available, in open access and in a “common” language, and by providing indicators for full references and locations, we aim for this data and information to be read, used and analysed by non-Portuguese and /or non-Spanish native speaking-scholars and academic researchers.

Search criteria are based on identified areas of research significance, including annual date ranges, species of fish or sea mammals, locations and general type of record.

These selection criteria may be added to in future based on identified research requirements.

Technical Information

The Sea Citation Database is a bespoke, in-house programmed, searchable, online resource. It has been established in conjunction with the specific research efforts of the CONCHA project together with partner institutions in order to provide a simple and approachable means of accessing valuable research information originating from qualitative data sources which are provided in a uniform, information rich, quantitative format.

The underlying programming has been developed using the Php (Hypertext Pre-processing) and MySQL (My Structured Query Language) coding, in association with HTML, Java and Javascript sequences to enhance accessibility. It is focused on user experience with a view to promoting visual and physical accessibility options, but does not sacrifice the need for simplicity and clarity which are necessary to enable academic and general research processes.

With full data compliance within the Dublin Core, and directed structuring within the Darwin Core metadata schemas, the database is fully prepared for integration into Big Data structures to ensure international accessibility. As a fundamental element, all of the underlying data is provided duty and royalty free to ensure full public domain access; the system is covered by Creative Commons Licensing regulations to ensure that relevant academic copyrights are in force without hindering the full levels of public access which are essential to the ethos of the CONCHA project.