EI Role: Coordinator, NIWA Marine Biology Databases. Brent started work for the Ministry of Fisheries in 1976, as a coastal fisheries technician. By the early 1980's he was developing computer programs to validate, manage, extract and analyse data collected by research projects. He spent some years working in the Computer Group as a data and database administrator, as well as the role of GIS expert before moving back to science when the Ministry's fisheries research team merged with NIWA in 1995. He has specialised skills in interactive data capture systems and spatial data management and analysis, and has most recently been working on systems to better manage data and metadata, and improve the discoverability of, and access to, various datasets held within NIWA.