Gaynor Evans: Marine Environmental Data and Information Network

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  • 1. M arine E nvironmental D ata and I nformation N etwork: Working to deliver improved access to and stewardship of UK Marine data and information G. Evans http://www.oceannet.org/
  • 2. Seafloor characteristics (BGS) Oceanographic climatology (BODC) Bathymetry (UKHO) Existing infrastructure (UKHO, BERR) Other local uses of marine space (local councils, BERR, DEFRA, MCA, harbours) Local flora and fauna (marine biological and conservation organisations) Archaeology (Heritage Organisations) Surface Met. Climatology (UK Met Office) Tidal information the previous scenario for finding marine data
  • 3. Seafloor characteristics (BGS) Oceanographic climatology (BODC) Bathymetry (UKHO) Existing infrastructure (UKHO, BERR) Other local uses of marine space (local councils, BERR, DEFRA, MCA, harbours) Local flora and fauna (marine biological and conservation organisations) Archaeology (Heritage Organisations) Surface Met. Climatology (UK Met Office) Tidal information the way forward metadata metadata metadata metadata metadata metadata metadata metadata metadata
  • 4. Marine Environmental Data and Information Network
    • A collaborative and open partnership, open to all with an interest in improving our management of marine data and information, and developing better access to our marine data resources.
    • £700k sponsor funds per year for three years (started 2008)
    • Sponsors include government departments, research councils, environmental and conservation agencies, trading funds
    • + additional public and private sector involvement ( >30 partners)
    • Government interest is to support implementation of a national marine monitoring and management strategy.
    • Wider interest to reduce costs in sourcing, evaluating and preparing data
  • 5. MEDIN – a brief history
    • Grown from previous work that have been in operation since 1996
    • In 2004 a Marine framework for data management was recommended by an independent report.
    • 2005 The first UK Integrated Assessment of the marine environment
    • 2005 - 1 st phase of scoping and demonstration
    • 2008 – 2 nd phase of implementation
    • Confidence in assessments and ability to detect trends limited
      • By lack of access to data
      • By lack of time to use existing data
  • 6. MEDIN approach to setting up a marine data network
    • Network of Data Archive Centres (DACs)
    • An agreed set of common standards for metadata and data format that will provide the foundation for interoperability
    • Marine discovery metadata portal
    • A coordination role and focus for international activities within data management to the UK community
    • Resource and tool development to support standards and best practice data acquisition and management
    • Partners to implement best practice in data management and commit to working with MEDIN
    • Communication and dissemination of information
  • 7. MEDIN approach to setting up a marine data network
  • 8.
    • MEDIN aims to build a coordinated and harmonised network of marine DACs, to cover all key marine data types that can ultimately be used to manage and provide data for assessments and operational needs
    • The required capabilities of a ‘MEDIN’ DAC are:
      • To ensure the secure long-term curation of key marine data sets according to best practice and accepted international standards. Accept data from others!
      • Make available clear searchable information on the DAC data holdings, by the generation and publication of metadata on the MEDIN portal.
      • Form the first port of call for expertise on the management of marine data.
      • Distribute data on behalf of other organisations
    1. Network of Data Archive Centres (DACs)
  • 9.
    • To establish and promote standards for metadata and data products - to allow users to locate and access the data sets they need, and also to provide guidelines and tools for the generation and preparation of metadata and data products.
    • MEDIN aim to produce and promote:
      • Discovery metadata: “What data are available, and who has them?”
      • Data thematic guidelines (for provision to DACS)
      • Adoption of standardised vocabularies
      • Guidelines and Tools (to help with generation of metadata and data products)
    • MEDIN discovery metadata standard has been produced
    • For up-to-date guidance documents and advice, go to the Oceannet standards webpage http://www.oceannet.org/marine_data_standards/medin_approved_standards/
    2. Agreed set of common standards for metadata and data
  • 10.
    • To establish a single, definitive, point of search for marine data. The user can
    • readily access the actual data (either through onwards links or a relevant contact and process).
    • The portal will assist users to:
      • Rapidly identify data or derived information products for a particular geographic area and/or by a particular data theme (e.g. temperature)
      • Assess the relevance of data to their need through reviewing the associated metadata.
      • Provide a clear route to access the actual data and products of interest
    • MEDIN is currently in the planning phase of the new portal.
    3. Marine metadata discovery portal
  • 11. 4. International coordination
    • International Working Groups:
    • International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC-UNESCO) and European projects
    • Input into international marine data initiatives:
    • INSPIRE, European Environment Agency, European Commission (EMODNET)
    • Links to Global Data Bases:
    • Support delivery of data to global data bases
    • Near real time oceanographic data to the global met system
  • 12. 5. Resource and tool development
    • In response to user requirements, MEDIN to produce new resources and tools
    • User priorities captured from workshops and use case studies
    • MEDIN currently supports a number of online resources:
    • UK Directory of Marine Observing Systems
    • Research Cruise database
    • Tide and sea level applications
    • Wave application
  • 13. 6. Partner commitment
    • The only way to establish a management framework which is sustainable over the long term is to have all partners adopt common standards and procedures as part of their normal working practice
      • Commit a number of staff days per year to participate actively in MEDIN.
      • All marine data of long-term interest will be lodged with DACs recognised by MEDIN. DACs to ensure data are always freely available to supplier.
      • Generate metadata records for all marine data in MEDIN format and make these metadata freely available to MEDIN.
      • Establish a clear policy with regard to data ownership, licencing and access as they adhere to individual data sets.
      • Conformance with various data policies as they relate to individual data sets.
  • 14. 7. Data clause
    • MEDIN is developing a “Data Clause”, with supporting guidance notes, in cooperation with UK Government Departments.
    • Should provide clear guidance on :
      • Application and documentation of recognised standards during data collection and processing
      • Metadata must be provided with each data set – format recommended by MEDIN
      • Make arrangements for archival of data – to MEDIN recommended standards
      • Clearly establish ownership, IPR and terms for further (3 rd party) use of data.
  • 15. 8. Communication
    • Annual report
    • Partners meetings
    • Executive team and working group meetings
    • Forums and workshops
    • ‘ Road-show’ meetings and presentations to sponsor and partner organisations
    • Publications in marine themed magazines and e-newsletters
    • Conference sponsorship
    • Presentation and participation at meetings/workshops/conferences
    • OceanNET
    • ‘ Marine Data News’
  • 16. MEDIN and INSPIRE – the connection
    • The MEDIN metadata standard is INSPIRE compliant
    • INSPIRE data specifications are used where possible
    • Updates on INSPIRE sent out via Marine Data Newsletter and the MEDIN web pages
    • Provide comment back to INSPIRE drafting teams in our role as Spatial Data Interest Community (SDIC)
  • 17. MEDIN and the UK Location Programme – the connection
    • MEDIN is working closely with the UK Location Programme
    • Has, or is in the process of, developing many key components in line with the UKLP blueprint
    • Is providing a lead in some aspects:
      • Development of a INSPIRE and Gemini compliant discovery metadata standard for marine data
      • Standards for data archival, and a process for accrediting data archive centres.
    • Will take the lead on the marine environment and our work will become the marine component of the Location Information Infrastructure
  • 18. Summary
    • The Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) is a collaborative and open partnership
    • MEDIN addresses the vital, core management processes necessary to secure UK marine data and make it more widely available for its intended purpose
    • The UK marine community will derive real practical benefits from MEDIN, through:
    • An improved evidence base for decision making and marine planning built on best available data.
    • Efficiency gains in sourcing and ingesting data to meet project aims
    • Improved access to data thereby supporting its re-use and maximising past investment in data.
    • Coordination of marine survey and research activities, resulting in efficient use of expensive marine facilities.
    • Consistent and clearer terms and conditions for data use, resulting in lower uncertainty, sustainability and more accurate project cost estimates.
  • 19.
    • www.oceannet.org
    • http://www.oceannet.org/marine_data_newsletter/
    MEDIN would like to acknowledge the contribution of all its sponsors: The UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, the Natural Environment Research Council, the Scottish Government, the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change, the Countryside Council for Wales, the Environment Agency, the Met Office, the Maritime and Coastguard Agency, the Crown Estate, the UK Ministry of Defence, Seazone, the UK Hydrographic Office, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee, HR Wallingford and Northern Ireland Environment Agency.