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ABACUS is a cloud-based marine data management tool developed by Ocean Ecology. ABACUS provides a single standardised platform for recording, quality assuring, storing and exporting marine ecological data whilst ensuring compliance with nationally and internationally recognised data standards.

Validated and Compliant

Through its live link to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)ABACUS ensures data records and exports are based on the most up to date and authoritative list of species names available. Users can search for data in the same they would on the WoRMS website and ABACUS will automatically retrieve the most up to date record for the taxa. In the event of the WoRMS website being unavailable, users can enter as much data as they have available and ABACUS will flag that the record has not been validated against WoRMS so this can be corrected later.

ABACUS has been developed to facilitate single click exports of general and detailed metadata required for compliance with MEDIN, GEMINI and ISO standards. Custom exports can also be created within ABACUS by selecting subsets of surveys, stations, samples, and analysis types (macrobenthic, particle size analysis, chemical types, etc.)

High performance

ABACUS is a cloud-based tool and utilises the performance and scaling benefits that come with cloud infrastructure. Combined with an efficient import module (including rich data validation features), large datasets can be loaded in bulk into ABACUS. This has been used to import data for a 40 year historical project consisting of over 35 surveys containing 11,000 samples including both macrobenthic and chemical data.


ABACUS offers workflows to guide the sequence of tasks performed during analysis of samples. These workflows ensure samples are processed consistently and in a standardised way by all analysts and also allow for improved project management and insight with real-time statistical reporting.

Currently available within ABACUS are Macrobenthic, Chemical and Particle Size Analysis (both to NMBAQC standard and RSMP standard). Additionally, ABACUS offers simplified workflows if for instance, data is being imported for a large historical dataset.

Data security & ownership

ABACUS is jointly owned by Peninsula Data Solutions and Ocean Ecology. As a cloud-based solution, ABACUS uses shared resources to provide high performance at lower cost. Each organisation's data is kept safe, secure and private from other organisations (including Ocean Ecology) using industry standard processes.

Peninsula Data Solutions Limited is a standalone company specialising in bespoke software development in research and scientific fields. Peninsula Data Solutions are responsible for the design, development, (technical) support and maintenance of ABACUS and are the only other party that would have access to your data.

Ocean Ecology Limited provide consultation services and input into design of ABACUS. They are also able to provide support and guidance in the use of ABACUS but do not have access to any data you may enter into ABACUS (unless explicitly invited by you).

Real World Tested

ABACUS has been around since 2017. It was originally developed as a tool for use by Ocean Ecology and has since been used by them for all their surveys and to analyse thousands of samples.

ABACUS was also used to to cleanse, bulk load and store data for a large long-running project (40 years of data containing approximately 40 surveys and 11,000 samples with macrobenthic and chemical data).

Available late 2020

ABACUS is currently undergoing a redesign ahead of a widespread release planned for late 2020.

To read more about the features of ABACUS, visit the features section.

To request further information, see a demo, or get updates about the upcoming release, use the Contact Us form.