VMSbase represents the implementation of several R routines which have been developed by the "Tor Vergata" University of Rome Team involved in the Italian National Program for the Data Collection Framework for Fisheries Data between 2009-2012.
VMSbase routines, structure, and interface have been developed in 2013 by the following people:

Stefano Cataudella

Stefano Cataudella is a Full Professor of Ecology at the “Tor Vergata” University of Rome where he tought for many years Applied Ecology and Fisheries Sciences. He worked on systematic, genetics, morphology and ecology of bony fishes, focusing on species of economic interest both for capture fisheries and aquaculture. In the Data Collection Program for Fisheries Sector he is coordinating the working group dealing eco-systemic indicators in fisheries. Actually he is president of the FAO-RFMO “General Fisheries Commission for the Mediterranean and Black Sea” (CGPM). 

He is author of more than 200 scientific papers, technical papers and books.

Antonio Parisi

Antonio Parisi is a Researcher at the Dept. of Economics and Finance of the "Tor Vergata" University of Rome. He has a Ph.D. degree in Statistical Sciences and his main research interests include computational methods for models with latent variables and bio-economic modelling. In the latter field, he is co-author in 6 scientific papers on peer reviewed journals. Since 2011 he collaborates with the Laboratory of Experimental Ecology and Aquaculture. 

Lorenzo D'Andrea

Lorenzo D'Andrea is a Post-degree Research Assistant and a PhD Student at the "Tor Vergata" University of Rome. He has a Master Degree in Bioinformatics and is granted in Spatial Modelling. He is an expert in R and other programming languages. At present, he is involved in the flag project RITMARE and he is one of the developers of VMSbase, the R package with graphical user interface for the managing, processing and mapping of VMS/Logbook Data. 

Tommaso Russo

Tommaso Russo is a Researcher at the Laboratory of Experimental Ecology and Aquaculture - Dept. of Biology - ‘Tor Vergata’ University of Rome.  He is a graduate of the same university, where he obtained the PhD in Evolutionary Biology and Ecology. His work was focused on ecology, morphology and larval biology of teleost fishes. His approach was progressively oriented towards the use of mathemathical and statistical instruments aimed at setting up predictive quantitative models. Since five years he is analyzing data obtained by means of the Vessel Monitoring System – VMS – relative to the Italian fleet activity within the Data Collection for Fisheries Sector Program. He is co-author of 18 scientific papers on peer reviewed journals.