One of the key functions of MEDIN is to provide a network of linked Data Archive Centres (DACs) to provide a secure long term storage facility available to all producers of marine environmental data.
The current network includes
Please note that the Bathymetry DAC at the UKHO is now fully up and running and keen to establish routine data archiving arrangements with all who record bathymetric survey data. So, if you have any bathymetry data to archive, please get in touch with them!
Expanding the DAC Network
The MEDIN DAC network will expand its coverage in 2012 to include fisheries survey data and marine meteorology. The Met Office has submitted itself for accreditation as the “Met DAC”. CEFAS and Marine Scotland will provide two components of the “Fisheries DAC”, and CEFAS is already working through the accreditation process. We expect both DACs to be up and running in 2012.
In addition, MEDIN is looking at the arrangements for Marine Historic Environment data, and Socio-Economic data. The marine heritage community recently met at a MEDIN workshop at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton, and agreed to work together to establish a coordinated approach to managing marine historic environmental data.
The objective is to provide easier central access to all Marine Historic Environment data to all potential users, and to establish easy to use processes for archiving data within this “virtual” Marine Historic Environment DAC. Underpinning this approach is the continued requirement to provide secure archival for these important historic records
In practical terms this means working towards the establishment of a “virtual” Data Archive Centre for Marine Historic Environment data, accredited as part of the MEDIN Data Archive Centre (DAC) Network. This “virtual” DAC will have a federal structure comprised of existing data management facilities at English Heritage, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Scotland, The Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historic Monuments of Wales, and the Archaeology Data Service.
In becoming part of the MEDIN DAC network, the Marine Historic Environment DAC will be able to establish links with the other DACs that have expertise in different themes (geophysics, geology; marine species and habitats; water column oceanography; bathymetry), thus ensuring proper processes are in place for managing these data.
There remains much work to do to meet the target of establishing the Marine Historic Environment DAC before the end of 2012. The first step, in spring 2012, will be to adopt a common agreed approach to the generation and publication of metadata onto the MEDIN Discovery portal.
Finally, MEDIN is working with the Marine Management Organisation and Marine Scotland to commission a review of data management arrangements for Socio-Economic data. You may have noticed the recent call for proposals on the MEDIN website (now closed – sorry!)
New Data Available through the MEDIN DACs
MEDIN has supported a number of projects in the past year to bring important data sets into the DAC network, and establish data flows from key marine organisations. These projects have included:
MALSF Regional Environment Characterisation Surveys: With funding from the Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund (MALSF), data from eighteen surveys commissioned by MALSF have now been archived within the MEDIN DAC network. These data are still available at www.marinealsf.org.uk until 31 March 2016, but archival within the MEDIN DAC network ensures these data will continue to be available to the marine community over the long-term
UK Benthos: UK Benthos is a database maintained for UK Oil and Gas, containing biological and chemical survey data collected by the Oil and Gas offshore industry data. Metadata records for each data set can now be searched through the MEDIN portal, and the relevant aspects of grab and core sample data have been archived at DASSH
SEPA Fin Fish Farm Surveys: The Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) collects survey data at (marine) Fish Farm sites as part of a routine monitoring programme. Benthic grab and core data from these surveys is now available through DASSH and searchable on the MEDIN portal
Coastal Data Sets held by University Marine Biological Station, Millport (UMBSM): This project is still underway, but when completed priority data sets will have been archived at DASSH, and metadata records for all UMBSM coastal data sets will have been created.
Other projects have supported developments in Marine Historic Environment data, including updating the metadata catalogue on wrecks surveys, and adapting and broadening the existing metadata recording system used by the heritage community so that it can be used to produce MEDIN format metadata that can be searched through the MEDIN portal.