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The BIG PICTURE II: Benthic Imagery Workshop 2021

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Please note that this event has been held. Resources from the event will be made available in due course.

JNCC will be hosting The BIG PICTURE II: Benthic Imagery Workshop 2021 on 2, 3 & 4 March 2021.  The three-day workshop will bring together a wide group of stakeholders from across the marine monitoring community, and provides an opportunity to share progress; consider funding opportunities; and to discuss the challenges of innovation in benthic imagery, including the development of standards and collaborative working in the UK and beyond. 

The BIG PICTURE II is the second collaborative event to be held over the past two years. Building on the success of the first BIG PICTURE Workshop, held in March 2019, the workshop will be an opportunity to showcase some of the early achievements made in implementing the UK's Benthic Imagery Action Plan (BIAP).  The Benthic Imagery Action Plan (BIAP) collates and focusses the recommendations from the first BIG PICTURE workshop into 87 work tasks, organised into seven coherent workflows.  The Action Plan is endorsed by the UK's Healthy & Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDSEG), and progress towards it is reported to the North East Atlantic Marine Biological Analytical Quality Control Scheme (NMBAQCS).

The BIG PICTURE II workshop is an online event which is being held via Microsoft Teams.  Each day will run from 09:30 until 16:00 with plenty of breaks throughout.  Two core sessions are being held each day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon, which will include presentations delivered by key representatives from the cross-organisation collaborative working group – known as the 'Big Picture Group'.  

  Tuesday 2 March 2021 
09:30–10:30 Welcome, practicalities, working style and programme
Reviewing the context and background, aims and objectives of the workshop
10:30–11:00 Tea and coffee break
11:00–12:00 Session 1: he journey from BIG PICTURE to BIAP to Big Picture Group to Project Working Groups (PWGs)
12:00–13:00 Lunch
13:00–15:00 Session 2: Early successes of BIAP: Benthic imagery purposes, Quality Assurance Framework, Epifauna Identification Protocol
15:00–15:30 Tea and coffee break
15:30–16:00 Day one summaries and close


  Wednesday 3 March 2021
09:30–10:30 Arrival and plan for the day
10:00–12:00 Session 3: BIAP progress in the digital realm: AI, Data flows and Catalogues
12:00–13:00 Lunch
13:00–15:00 Session 4: Continual progress of BIAP in day-to-day analysis: Annotation, Identification and Enumeration
15:00–15:30 Tea and coffee break
15:30–16:00 Day two summaries and close


  Thursday 4 March 2021
09:30–10:30 Arrival, recap, plan for the final day
10:00–12:00 Session 5: Training, standards and acquisition approaches for the future
12:00–13:00 Lunch
13:00–15:00 Session 6: The future of The BIG PICTURE
15:00–15:30 Tea and coffee break
15:30–16:00 Workshop close

More information is provided in the Workshop Programme

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