Active GO FAIR Implementation Network
The Marine Data Centres IN is launched by the SeaDataNet consortium, which is a community of more than 50 partners from 35 countries in and around Europe managing access to large collections of data derived in situ of the seas and oceans. SeaDataNet is defining and implementing standards for re-use of marine data and enables their uptake in regional, European and global products to support policy makers, science, and industry. It has set up and manages several metadata services to describe important marine resources, e.g. for Research cruises (CSR), Marine Organisations (EDMO), Marine research projects (EDMERP), and a widely used Vocabulary Services (NVS). SeaDataNet has developed two data repositories: The CDI data access infrastructure offering access to (at the moment 2.3M) harmonised distributed marine datasets, and a catalogue with SeaDataNet data products and climatologies produced by experts in the community.

The IN will be open to participation and looking for synergies with other players in the same domain via EU and global initiatives like IOC-IODE, ODIP, EMODNet and more.

Main purpose and objectives
Main focus of the network is optimising machine-to-machine FAIRness of the harmonised marine data and data products held at the main marine data centers in Europe and beyond. Since F(indability) and A(ccesibility) are well on track, improvements will be aimed on the I(nteroperability) and R(eusability).

Targeted Objectives for the IN

  1. Accessibility
    a. Promote widespread standards for API’s mediating machine access to data and data products.
  2. Interoperability
    a. Capture best practices in semantics for marine data, e.g. the use of FAIR vocabularies, ontologies, conceptual models and widely used knowledge exchange languages.
    b. Promote the use of the NERC Vocabulary Service and “rosetta stone” for building the P01 Parameter vocabulary.
  3. Reusability:
    a. Defining standards and identifying implementation options for machine-actionable data licensing.
    b. Defining standards for provenance information in machine-actionable metadata for datasets and dataproducts.
    c. Increasing access to machine-readable provenance information distinguishing between (raw) datasets (e.g. CDI) and data products (additional aggregation and processing); i. adjusting metadata models to allow this and ii. develop a first pilot to provide this information.

The Primary Tasks
Task 1: Complete the execution plan & roadmap as part of the process becoming a GO FAIR Implementation Network (within first 3 months)
Task 2: Stock-taking of strengths and weaknesses for interoperability and Reusability aspects for marine data and data products in the community
Task 3: Capture best practices in semantics
Task 4: Create a working group for defining standards for extended provenance information in metadata for datasets and dataproducts
Task 5: Expanding current metadata models and vocabulary services with provenance information
Task 6: Creating few examples of fully described datasets and dataproducts

There is a strong overlap with the ENVRIFAIR project in which several Research Infrastructures from the marine domain as represented, and where SeaDataNet represents the marine data centers. Work on these activities will be part of that project, and actual implementation choices made will be done in coordination with the wider marine community, resulting in wider uptake.

Link to manifesto in PDF

Michele Fichaut
Dick Schaap

Are you interested in joining Marine Data Centres? Please express your interest by filling in the form below. Your request will be forwarded to the pillar coordinators and they will get in touch as soon as possible.

1 IFREMER / SISMER – Scientific Information Systems for the SEA France
2 MARIS / Marine Information Service Netherlands
3 NERC / British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) United Kingdom
4 BSH / German Oceanographic DataCentre (NODC) Germany
5 SMHI / Swedish Meteorological and Hydrological Institute Sweden
6 IEO / Spanish Oceanographic Institute (IEO) Spain
7 HCMR / Hellenic National Oceanographic Data Centre (HNODC) Greece
8 OGS / OGS (Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale), Division of Oceanography Italy
9 RIHMI-WDC / World Data Centre (RIHMI-WDC) National Oceanographic Data Centre (NODC) Russian Federation
10 ENEA / ENEA Centro Ricerche Ambiente Marino Italy
11 INGV / Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia Italy
12 METU-IMS / Institute of Marine Sciences Turkey
13 AWI / Alfred-Wegener-Institute for Polar- and Marine Research Germany
14 ULG / University of Liege, GeoHydrodynamics and Environment Research (ULg-GHER) Belgium
15 IMR / Norwegian Marine Data Centre (NMD) Norway
16 AU-BIOS / Aarhus University – Bioscience Denmark
17 ICES / International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES) Denmark
18 EU-JRC / JRC – Institute for Environment and Sustainability (IES) Italy
19 MI / Marine Institute Ireland
20 IHPT / Hydrographic Institute Portugal
21 NIOZ / Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research Netherlands
22 RBINS / Belgian Marine Data Centre (RBINS-ODNATURE-BMDC) Belgium
23 VLIZ / Flanders Marine Institute Belgium
24 MRI / Marine Research Institute Iceland
25 FMI / Finnish Meteorological Institute Finland
26 IMGW / Institute of Meteorology and Water Management, Maritime Branch in Gdynia Poland
27 MSI / Marine Systems Institute at Tallinn University of Technology Estonia
28 LHEI / Latvian Institute of Aquatic Ecology Latvia
29 SIO-RAS / P.P.Shirshov Institute of Oceanology, RAS Russian Federation
30 IO-BAS / Bulgarian National Oceanographic Data Centre(BGODC) Bulgaria
31 NIMRD / National Institute for Marine Research and Development “Grigore Antipa” Romania
32 TSU-DNA / Centre of Relations with UNESCO Oceanological Research Centre and GeoDNA Georgia
33 IOF / Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries Croatia
34 NIB / NIBMarine Biology Station Slovenia
35 UOM / International Ocean Institute – Malta Operational Centre (University Of Malta) / Physical Oceanography Unit Malta
36 IOLR / Israel Marine Data Center (ISRAMAR) Israel
37 CNR /ISAC – Institute of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (Rome)
CNR, Institute for atmospheric pollution (CNR – IIA)
CNR, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche – Istituto per lo Studio del MARe Italy
38 IO PAN / Institute of Oceanology, Polish Academy of Sciences Poland
39 CSIC / Marine Technology Unit. Mediterranean Marine and Environmental Research Centre Spain
40 Deltares Netherlands
41 SYKE / Finnish Environment Institute Finland
42 UkrSCES / Ukrainian scientific center of Ecology of Sea Ukraine
43 ETT S.p.a. Italy
44 EuroGOOS / EuroGOOS AISBL Belgium
45 DKRZ / The German Climate Computing Center Germany
47 CSC / CSC – IT Center for Science Ltd. Finland
48 STFC / Science and Technology Facilities Council United Kingdom
49 GRNET / Greek Research and Technology Network Greece
50 UiB / University of Bergen Norway
51 GEOMAR / GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel Germany
52 52°North / 52°North Initiative for Geospatial Open Source Software GmbH Germany
53 SHOM / Shom France
54 ORION / ORION Cyprus
55 CNRS / Mediterranean Institute of Oceanography
Oceanic and Continental Environments and Paleoenvironments (EPOC)
CNRS / Biological Station of ROSCOFF France
56 UNIBO / University of Bologna, Environmental Science, Laboratory SINCEM, Ravenna Italy

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