Developed by The Crown Estate, the Marine Data Exchange (www.marinedataexchange.co.uk) allows anyone with an interest in the marine environment the ability to access a plethora of data collected from The Crown Estate’s low carbon energy development partners. Data types include: visual and landscape assessments; bird and mammal population studies; habitat characterisations; geophysical survey data; and archaeological studies.
By allowing developers, businesses and other interested parties, free access to these data, the Marine Data Exchange aims to contribute towards lowering the costs of developing in the marine environment, enhancing the sustainability of marine businesses and furthering knowledge of the UK’s marine areas.
Ultimately, these benefits will help everyone with a stake in the UK’s coastal and marine environment to develop sustainably and create opportunities for businesses to grow, developers to build and conservationists to conserve. The data also points towards an enhanced push towards transparency in the sector.
As the organisation charged with the management of the UK’s seabed, we are uniquely positioned to encourage and collate research on the marine environment. The Marine Data Exchange utilises the latest technology to create an easily accessible hub for crucial data, which will save businesses time and money and will help increase environmental sustainability.
The Marine Data Exchange builds on the success of:
- the previous COWRIE (Collaborative Offshore Wind Research into the Environment) data management system
- European Commission and UK Government initiatives such as MEDIN (Marine Environmental Data and Information Network)
- INSPIRE (a European Commission directive establishing infrastructure for spatial information to support European Community environmental projects)
- data.gov.uk (a UK government project that aims to open up government data sets to the general public)
The Marine Data Exchange implements MEDIN Discovery Standard metadata and data made available in the future will conform to MEDIN Data Guidelines. The Crown Estate is working with MEDIN to ensure that data held in the Marine Data Exchange will be discoverable via MEDIN’s data portal, and that data will be archived in MEDIN’s network or Data Archive Centres.The portal is accessible at www.marinedataexchange.co.uk and an on-going process of upgrades will see user feedback incorporated to ensure the resource continues to evolve in terms of its usability and functionality.