The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) consists of more than 160 organisations that together work on assembling, harmonising and making marine data, products and metadata more available. BGS are heavily involved in the EMODnet Geology project and have taken on the role as Geology thematic lead for the EMODnet Ingestion project.
The aims of this project are to reach out to organisations from public, research and private sectors who are managing marine datasets for bathymetry, geology, physics, chemistry, biology and/or human activities and who are not yet connected and contributing to existing marine data management infrastructures. We hope to motivate and support those potential data providers to release their datasets for safekeeping and subsequent free distribution.
We would really like to know if you have any suitable data which are not being routinely archived and could potentially be ingested. Please have a think, as any data would be great at this stage! There are many advantages of releasing your data and making it available! Costs can be saved, duplication of effort can be avoided and it allows your data to have greater impact by ensuring it reaches a much wider audience for future re-use.
We encourage you to use the EMODnet Data Ingestion Portal to submit your datasets. We need to test the EMODnet submission service, provide feedback to portal developers and provide evidence to EU that this project has relevance by increasing productivity of those working on marine issues, stimulating innovation in the blue economy and reducing uncertainty in our knowledge of the behaviour of the sea.
Once data are ingested via the EMODnet Ingestion Portal, data are passed to the appropriate expert national data centres for open access publishing and further integration into EMODnet data services and products. In the UK, MEDIN (Marine Environmental Data & Information Network) is as a hub for UK marine data and operates via a network of Data Archive Centres (DACs). BGS is the MEDIN DAC for Geology and Geophysics. The Offshore GeoIndex is our main data delivery method. By submitting your data, it can also be made available in this way.