Collaborators from The University of Hong Kong – HKU – 香港大學 (Swire Institute Of Marine Science), Chinese Academy of Fishery Sciences, Sea Around Us (UBC) and University of Western Australia visited Q-quatics headquarters in the Philippines in November-December 2018.
Ms. Cheuk Wing Li (HKU) is the Research Assistant of SWIMS and she spent five weeks (12 November to 20 December 2019) in the Philippines to develop a working knowledge of operational infrastructure of the information systems (FishBase and SeaLifeBase), sufficient to enable remote data encoding, etc. all contributing to document the marine biodiversity of Hong Kong and surrounding waters as well as identify the gaps in research.
Mr. Zhang ‘Balthasar’ FengWei and Mr. Cheng ‘Stephen’ JinXiang (CAFS) were oriented about the FishBase and SeaLifeBase projects and their IT structure to date. They underwent a one-week training (19-23 November 2018) with the Qq IT Group to equip them in completing the tasks outlined in the FishBase Consortium work plan.
Mr. Gordon Tsui (SAU) came over for three weeks (27 November to 16 December 2019) to train Mr. Shelumiel Ortiz and Mr. Martin Nevado, Qq Software Engineers, on Sea Around Us databases and processes. He spent some time as well with Ms. Elizabeth David, Research Officer at Qq in charge of the GIS part of the database.
Partners from the University of Western Australia, Dr. Jessica Meeuwig, Director of Marine Futures Lab, School of Biological Science and Oceans Institute, and her PhD advisee Mr. Sean van Elden, commenced the project with Q-quatics on underwater video image analysis by training selected Qq staff (Rodolfo Reyes Jr., Rachel Atanacio, Michael Yap, Luisa Abucay, Jeniffer Espedido and Jeremy Jansalin) on video processing from 22-23 and 26-29 November 2018. Other visiting scientists joined as observers.