Introducing National Benthic Inventory

Barry Roth barry_roth at YAHOO.COM
Wed Feb 2 16:59:02 CST 2005

--- JD Dubick <JD.Dubick at NOAA.GOV> wrote:

> To all,
> I would like to point out the existence of the National Benthic
> Inventory (NBI) to those who are interested and have not found it yet.
> The NBI can be located at [...] The NBI consists
> of a dynamic quantitative and completely searchable database on benthic
> species distributions obtained from studies conducted by scientists in
> the National Oceanographic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and
> partnering institutions.  [...]

I would be curious to know whether "partnering" has a specific, formal meaning
when used as above by NOAA or other US government agencies.  Or is it just an
informal term that might include, for example, contractual, casual, or
grant-funded relationships.

Barry Roth

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