Since quite some time now, the OBIS secretariat has been working on an updated IT infrastructure. Since quite some time, the analysis and maps generated from OBIS data are no longer based on the original Oracle database, but on a paralel database created in PostgreSQL. This database will now also be the basis of a new search interface, developed using GeoServer and OpenLayers, in collaboration with the OpenGeo team, lead developers of GeoServer. The static 'About' pages will be replaced by a series of pages managed in a CMS, Drupal. The new web site will live, atleast for the time being, on the Amazon Cloud
Many thanks to all those who assist in this exercise: the Marine Geospatial Ecology Lab (MGEL) of Duke University, especially Ei Fujioka who has created the search interface. Julio Castillo and Eduardo Klein of Simon Bolivar University in Venezuela; Julio and Ben Donnely (MGEL) set up the Drupal site.
Do take the time to go and visit the new site on beta.iobis.org. Your feedback is very welcome.