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Title: MEDIN Partners Meeting

MEDIN Partners Meeting 30th June 2009 The
Foresight Centre, Liverpool
  • Agenda
  • A (re)introduction to MEDIN
  • The UK Policy Context recent developments
  • The European Context
  • Lunch Meet the DACs
  • What do I do with my data?
  • Update on other MEDIN activities
  • Close 1600

Morning Chair Peter Liss 1030 Session 1 A
(re) Introduction to MEDIN Welcome Objectives
of the day MEDIN overview progress and
aims   1100 Session 2 The UK Context Recent
Developments England The Marine Management
Organisation (Ashley Holt, DEFRA) Scotland
Marine Scotland (David Palmer, Scottish
Government) Wales Welsh Assembly Government
(Alan Storer, WAG) Environment Research Funders
Forum (Beth Greenaway, ERFF)   1215 Session 3
The European Context An Example from the
Netherlands The National Oceanographic Data
Committee of the Netherlands (Taco de Bruin,
NODC) European Marine Observation and Data
Network (EMODNET) (Iain Shepherd, EC)
  1300-1345 LUNCH Meet the DACs Data Centres
stands and laptops for one-to-one discussions
over lunch.
Working to Deliver Improved Access to and
Stewardship of UK Marine Data and
Information The UK Marine Environmental Data and
Information Network MEDIN David Cotton
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.
  • Sponsors include government departments, research
    councils, environmental and conservation
    agencies, trading funds
  • additional public and private sector
    involvement ( gt30 partners)
  • Government interest is to support implementation
    of a national marine monitoring and management
  • Wider interest to reduce costs in sourcing,
    evaluating and preparing data

Key Drivers
  • The UK Marine Monitoring and Assessment
  • OSPAR, Water Framework Directive, etc.
  • Various reporting timescales
  • Charting Progress 2,
  • and regional reports (e.g. Scotlands Seas -
    … Understanding their State)
  • CP2 due in 2010, CP3 in 2015
  • The Marine Management Organisations (and devolved
  • Planning, licencing, monitoring.
  • English MMO due to be operational in April 2010
  • European Marine Strategy Directive
  • First characterisation report due in 2012.
  • Deadlines May 2010, May 2011 May 2013, May 2014

MEDIN Objectives
  • MEDIN aims to deliver
  • Secure long-term management of priority marine
    data sets, according to best practice standards.
  • Improved access to authoritative marine data
    held in this network, through a central
    (discovery) metadata search capability.
  • An agreed set of common standards for metadata,
    data format and content maintained and supported
    through implementation by partners.
  • Guidelines, contractual clauses and software
    tools to support these standards and best
    practice data acquisition and management.

Marine Environmental Data and Information Network
  • Working to improve access to and availability of
    Marine Environmental Data in the UK
  • Work Streams
  • DAC Network Framework of marine data archive
  • Standards and guidance for data and metadata.
  • Web Portal Data search, other services and
  • Resource and Application Development Specify
    user requirements, identify and implement
  • International Coordination links to global
    databases and initiatives

  • WS1 - Network of Data Archive Centres
  • The existing marine Data Archive Centres (DACs)
    have in general been established independently to
    serve specific user groups.
  • MEDIN aims to build a coordinated and harmonised
    network of marine DACs, to cover all key marine
    data types
  • The requirements on this DAC framework are
  • To ensure the secure long-term curation of key
    marine data sets according to best practice and
    accepted international standards.
  • 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.

  • WS2 - Standards, Guidelines and Tools for
    Metadata and Data Products
  • 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.
  • Discovery metadata What data are available,
  • and who has them?
  • Evaluation metadata Are these the data I need?
  • Data product specifications For provision to
  • and for product generation.
  • Guidelines and Tools To help with generation of
  • and data products

WS3 - MEDIN Discovery Portal
  • (Discovery) search capability to allow users to
    identify and locate data held within the MEDIN
    DAC framework.
  • Document Library standards and guidance notes
  • Searchable catalogues covering specific data
  • Information resources UK Cruise Inventory, UK
    Directory of Marine Observing Systems
  • Links to relevant catalogues and information
    resources (e.g. MESH, UKDEAL)
  • Data Product Specification Catalogue (to allow
    users to build data sets and data products in
    standard formats)

International Coordination
  • Objective To ensure that UK developments are
    linked in and consistent with international
    initiatives, and that obligations to provide data
    to global data bases are met.
  • Priorities include
  • Providing a link to EC projects and initiatives
  • Providing UK input to key international marine
    data initiatives under the International
    Oceanographic Commission (IOC) and the
    International Council for the Exploration of the
    Seas (ICES)
  • Act as a focal point for the provision of UK
    marine data to global data centres.

MEDIN Resources and Applications
  • User requirements studies will derive
    specifications for
  • Reference information and other key
    information layers
  • What should be in a base
  • reference data set?
  • Who could supply it?
  • How could it be made available?
  • Metadata content and accessibility
  • Portal content and functionality

Data search simple queries
MEDIN Portal
Metadata catalogue
Discovery metadata
Discovery metadata std
Data Archive Centres
DAC stds
water geophys marine bathymetry column /
geology species oceanog. habitats
Making MEDIN Work
  • The only way to establish a sustainable approach
    over the long term is to have all partners adopt
    common standards and procedures as normal working
  • MEDIN Partner Commitments
  • Apply and document recognised Quality Control
  • All marine data of long-term interest to be
    lodged with DACs recognised by MEDIN. In return
    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.
  • Contribute to the activities of the work streams
    help to develop and implement standards and
    build resources.

Data Clause
  • MEDIN has developed a Data Clause recommended
    for incorporation during tendering, with
    supporting guidance notes.
  • In summary the contracted parties should commit,
    as a condition of the contract, to
  • 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 (3rd party) use of data.

Five year development plan
Aim is to establish by 2013 a comprehensive and
fully operational UK framework for managing and
accessing marine data and information, linked in
to international obligations and systems. By 2013
all MEDIN partners will have implemented MEDIN
standards, and data management best practice, as
part of business as usual.
Data search
Discovery /evaluation metadata
Fisheries Marine water geophys marine bathymetry
met. column / geology species oceanog.

Afternoon Chair Jon Parr 1345 Session 4
What do I do with my data? MEDIN Data Archive
Centres Data Flow in MEDIN (David Cotton,
MEDIN) Geological and Geophysical Data (Helen
Glaves, BGS) Oceanographic Data BODC (Juan
Brown, BODC) Marine Species and Habitats (Dan
Lear, DASSH) Bathymetry Data UKHO (Presented by
David Cotton) Discussion (led by Jon
Parr) Priorities for increasing
coverage Announcement of Funding Opportunity
(David Cotton)   1530 Update on Other MEDIN
Activities Standards (Mark Charlesworth,
MEDIN) MEDIN Portal (Gaynor Evans, MEDIN) Base
Reference Data Set (Mike Osborne, Seazone and
MEDIN Resources and Applications Working
Group)   Close 1600
Data Flow in MEDIN
The MEDIN DAC Network
  • DAC Network Objective
  • To provide secure long-term storage for marine
  • To provide the capability to upload data into
    and to retrieve data from the DACs.
  • Data contributors should have free access to
    their data managed within the DAC framework.
  • Required capabilities of DACs
  • To ensure the secure, long term, curation of key
    marine data sets, according to
  • best practice and to relevant national and
    international standards.
  • To make available clear, searchable information
    on their data holdings, by the
  • generation and publication of metadata on the
    MEDIN portal.
  • To form the first point of call of expertise for
    the management of marine data.

The MEDIN DAC Network (cont)
  • MEDIN has established an agreed list of
    capabilities, required for a DAC to be
    accredited, which include
  • Quality assurance of the collected data
  • Data-basing and banking with appropriate
    metadata standards
  • Auditable process for long term custodianship
    and updating of data sets, with appropriate
    disaster planning
  • Making datasets freely available wherever
    possible (not necessarily at zero cost)
  • Committed to raising awareness of the holdings
  • .

The MEDIN Data Archive Centre Network

The first four DACs incorporated into the
network are BODC Water column oceanography
all marine data collected under NERC
contracts BGS Marine geology and
geophysics DASSH Marine
species and habitats UKHO
DAC Network Progress 2008-09
  • Building the DAC network
  • BGS, BODC, DASSH, UKHO accredited.
  • Bathymetry DAC established
  • Discussions progressing on scope and organisation
    of fisheries DAC.
  • Internal discussions at Met Office re Met DAC
  • Bringing in new data
  • CCW temperature logger data being archived at
  • DASSH working with Shark Trust, National Marine
    Aquarium, Marine Conservation Society
  • Discussions on how to bring in data from COWRIE
    and marine aggregates characterisation surveys.
  • BGS cataloguing BERR Strategic Environmental
    Assessment data (UK shelf seas)
  • Reviews
  • DAC costs and funding review underway,
    delivery Q3 2009
  • Options to support archiving of data across a
    network of DACs

Consolidating the Data Centre network
  • Bringing marine data into the MEDIN DAC network
  • Data already collected, but not archived
  • The MEDIN DACs already maintain comprehensive
    data holdings for their identified themes .
  • MEDIN will identify and support the upload of
    priority data sets that are not currently
    securely managed.
  • New data collections
  • The MEDIN DACs have agreements in place with
    funders and key partners.
  • The MEDIN partnership agreement requires
    partners to archive their marine data within the
    MEDIN DAC network.
  • Partners are encouraged to adopt the Data
    Clause whilst contracting the collection of
    marine data this requires arrangements to be
    made in advance to ensure the archival of data at
    the completion of the contract.

Developing Use Cases for Data Flow
  • Metadata
  • Generation
  • Creation of Unique Identifiers
  • Validation
  • Publication
  • Data
  • Generation (including formats used)
  • Quality Control
  • Archival
  • Management of updates and corrections
  • Habitat Surveys by a Countryside Agency
  • Environmental Characterisation Survey
    commissioned by govt dept.
  • Research Cruise by Fisheries Laboratory
  • Agency carrying out routine monitoring submitting
    its metadata to UKDMOS


The Bathymetry DAC at the UKHO
  • The UKHO MEDIN Bathymetry DAC will hold only
    bathymetric data.
  • The bathymetry DAC will accept bathymetric data
    that has been gathered using UK Government
    funding providing that the data
  • lies within the area covered by the UK
    Continental Shelf (UKCS)
  • lies outside the UKCS but is part of a survey or
    set of passage data that crosses into the UKCS
  • are digital (i.e. It is a vector data set)
  • have been processed (i.e. cleaned and had
    relevant adjustments applied (e.g. tide)).

Bathymetry DAC (cont).
  • Data from commercial donors will be accepted into
    the DAC providing that they agree to the royalty
    free dissemination of the data to any source for
    any purpose.
  • The DAC will accept data in most formats but will
    only store the data in either
  • ASCII Latitude, Longitude, Depth (LLD) format
  • Generic Sensor Format (GSF).
  • Bathymetry data stored as part of the DAC shall
    be freely available to all parties with no
    restrictions placed upon its subsequent internal
    use or commercial re-use and / or sub licensing.


Discussion DAC Network Priorities for 2009-10
  • Establish Fisheries DAC
  • Archival of key existing data sets into DAC
  • Establish routine processes to archive newly
    collected data into DAC network
  • Through application of Data Clause by partners.
  • Plans for necessary further DACs
  • Marine meteorology
  • Heritage data
  • Develop recommendations to secure the long term
    sustainability of the MEDIN network of marine
    Data Archive Centres.
  • Develop proposals for key data sources held
    outside DACs (NBN, MERMAN, CCO, Environment
    Agency, Natural England).

Announcement of Opportunity To support the
archival of priority marine data sets within the
MEDIN DAC network
  • Proposals are invited by individual
    organisations or consortia to bring priority
    Marine Data Sets into the MEDIN DAC network to
    ensure these data are secured for the future and
    made widely available to the UK marine community.
  • We expect individual proposals to address
    specific high priority data sets or types,
    involving more than one organisation where
    appropriate rather than single catch all bids
    from existing DACs.

Eligible Organisations The call is open to all
organisations involved in MEDIN but the main
objective of each proposal must be the archival
of data into an accredited MEDIN DAC (BGS, BODC,
DASSH or UKHO Bathymetry DAC). Bids from
organisations who are not DACS will only be
accepted if prior discussions have been held with
the relevant MEDIN DAC and an agreement with the
DAC to take the data has been established.
  Call Timetable The deadline for proposals is
the 24 July 2009. Proposals will be evaluated by
an independent panel and bidders advised of the
panels decision by 31 July. Projects should
start in September and be concluded before the
end of the current financial year   Funding
Available A total of 240,000 has been allocated
to this call. It is anticipated that individual
projects will not exceed 50,000, though higher
value projects (up to a maximum of 100,000) may
be supported if the review panel feel the costs
are justified by the importance of the data.
  • Priorities
  • The following priorities have been established
    for this round of funding
  • Data sets which allow the analysis of long term
    trends, including those historic data sets not
    currently digitally available.
  • Data sets which will support the monitoring of
    climate change and its impacts.
  • Data sets required to support the identification
    of suitable sites for Marine Protected Areas.
  • Data sets to support marine planning.
  • Data sets identified to be at high risk.
  • Data sets currently difficult to access because
    of their location (including those held in
    academic institutes and by commercial