Marine Data News Issue 42
September 2019
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In this issue of Marine Data News...
JNCC Launches new interactive mapper for Marine Protected Areas (MPA's) 
In July 2019, the Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC) relaunched its MPA mapper - an interactive online resource presenting spatial data for 268 Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) in the United Kingdom and Crown Dependency waters. 

The mapper displays the boundaries of MPAs across the whole of the UK, Isle of Man and Jersey, demonstrating the impressive scale of our MPA network. Sites can be filtered according to the habitat, species and geological features that they protect. Alternatively, you can search and zoom to specific MPAs, then click on them to see key information such as a list of the features protected within them. 
 JNCC is responsible for identifying, monitoring and providing conservation advice for the 73 MPAs in UK offshore waters (> 12 nautical miles from the coast). The mapper allows you to explore the distribution of habitats, species and geological features protected in these sites – the evidence that underpinned their designation. Datasets include habitat maps from surveys, modelled habitat maps, habitat point records, benthic species observations and fish records. JNCC will be keeping the mapper up-to-date with the latest MPA monitoring evidence that informs the ongoing conservation advice.
Users can display the map layers in their own GIS applications or add them to their own mapping portals using the JNCC Web Mapping Services (WMS), available here.
MPA boundaries can be download via the mapper or from the JNCC website and subscribers to the email notification service will receive an alert when updates are made. A selection of MPA feature layers can also be downloaded, including the extent of EC Habitats Directive Annex I Reefs and Annex I Sandbanks.
JNCC worked with exeGesIS Spatial Data Management to deliver the new mapper using open-source technologies. The mapper can be accessed at: If you have any suggestions for improvements to the mappers, including content, please get in touch at
MEDIN needs your input!

Please fill in this short survey which will only take around 10 minutes to complete. The survey is to help MEDIN find out just how valuable a service it provides to the UK marine community. 
As a user of MEDIN, we value your opinion and need your feedback, on the services it provides. The survey is designed to gather information on how you use this service and how you benefit from it. Your help is gratefully received and will be used to improve the future services provided by MEDIN. All responses will be kept confidential and we do not ask for your name or the name of your organisation. Please note that there is no intention to use this information to make MEDIN a paid service, it is solely to better understand the benefits that it provides.
MEDIN has commissioned Economics for the Environment Consultancy (eftec) to undertake the cost benefit analysis work. The survey will be online until 13th September. Eftec will then analyse the results and provide MEDIN with a final report on the costs benefit analysis at the end of October. 
BODC's 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Back in May, the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) celebrated 50 years of marine data management. The event 'Past, present and future; success and challenges in managing marine data - a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of BODC' took place at the BlueCoat in Liverpool.
Guest speakers and fond BODC colleagues presented the changes in oceanographic data management over the last 50 years, all of whom are key faces from BODC who have influenced and steered the organisation since the beginning. 

BODC has produced significant oceanographic tools for the wider marine community, for example, the NERC Vocabulary Server (NVS) web service. The Atlantic Meridional Transect, Western Channel Observatory and the General Bathymetric Chart of the Oceans (GEBCO) are just some of the project work that were celebrated.
Working in partnership has been one of BODC best strengths over the last 50 years and certainly will continue to be. BODC hosts the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) in Liverpool and Southampton which is a network of UK organisations working to improve access to marine data.

Internationally, BODC has strong relationships with the International Council for the Exploration of The Seas (ICES), SeaDataNet, International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC). Collaboration and information sharing with international organisations will continue to flourish in the future for BODC. 

There was an interactive panel discussion of ‘What will we be discussing at BODC’s 75th’ which featured colleagues (bottom left photo) from Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute (WHOI) Cindy Chandler, Helen Glaves (BGS), Justin Buck (BODC), Adam Leadbetter (Marine Institute), Graham Allen (BODC) and Serge Scory (Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences).

Photo credits C.Troupin 
What have the MEDIN Data Archive Centres been up to in 2018-2019?

You can find out in the latest MEDIN Data Archive Centre (DAC) Annual Report (2018-19), which is now available on the MEDIN website.
At the end of each financial year, MEDIN asks the DACs to report on their performance using a standard set of metrics, which include:
  • number of data sets held
  • number of new data sets archived
  • number of requests for data
  • number of Marine Science Coordination Committee (MSCC) partners who have data archived in the DAC
Each DAC prepares an individual annual report and this information is collated into the MEDIN DAC Annual Report. Some highlights for 2018-19:
  • The DACs hold more than 12,800 data sets - a greater than 7% increase on 2017-18 and 3.5 times more than in 2011-12.
  • 768 new data sets/collections were archived in the DACs.
  • More than 2.8 million requests for data were received by the DACs.
Number of datasets held by DAC by year for a subset of the MEDIN DACs
Where possible, the DACs collate information about the types of user that they have. Although this information is increasingly hard to gather due to making data as open as possible and reducing barriers to access, it indicates that the DACs have a broad spectrum of users, including academics, government agencies, general public, businesses and industry.
With the recent publication of the new MEDIN Business Plan (2019-2024), the 2018-19 DAC Annual Report is the last of the series under the previous 2014-2019 MEDIN Business Plan. You can also read the annual reports from previous years, available at Happy reading!
MEDIN highlights from last year - and what's next?
At MEDIN we have been looking back over the last year. A big thank you to everyone involved in the MEDIN workstreams, we have achieved so much! We celebrated our 10th year anniversary last April and the new MEDIN Portal was launched. 

The new social media campaign has been launched, and we have seen a vast increase in outreach through the social media marine community. MEDIN has a strong presence on twitter and LinkedIn and we are working hard to promote our Data Archive Centres work, as well as Sponsors and Partners who all help steer MEDIN. 

New links with industry are continually developing and are stronger than ever. MASTS held its eighth Annual Science Meeting in Glasgow (31st Oct - 2nd Nov) which MEDIN attended followed by Coastal Futures conference in January 2019. The core team have been working hard on the new MEDIN business plan for 2019-2024 which has been approved by the MEDIN executive team and will continue to improve marine data access around the UK. There are plans in place this year for MEDIN to attend these conferences again to further increase knowledge and share information about UK marine data access and management. 
New Release of the MEDIN portal
User feedback suggested ways in which the portal could be improved and we are pleased to announce that these changes are implemented and the refreshed version is now available online.
Here are some of the added functions to make searching for marine data easier:
  • a ‘Search within bounding box’ tick box so that your geographical search can return metadata that is confined to within the box you have drawn.
  • the red traffic light, which indicates that a resource is not directly downloadable from a metadata record, now takes the user to the contact details within the metadata.
  • it’s now possible to select multiple organisations from the data originator search field under advanced search.
  • it’s now possible to also filter on ‘resource type’ i.e. dataset, series, service or tile
  • filter terms used in a query are included within a CSV download of the results
  • harvesting and updates to metadata now occurs twice daily
In total there have been 15 functional updates. Plus we have updated the domain name from  to the more intuitive
If you have further suggestions for improvement we will be pleased to hear from you at

A Yarell's blenny in a sea cave in North Rona.        Date: 18/08/2015
North Rona 
Photographer: George Stoyle
© SNH. All rights reserved.
OceanObs 2019  
OceanObs is a community-driven conference that brings people from all over the planet together to communicate the decadal progress of ocean observing networks and to chart innovative solutions to society’s growing needs for ocean information in the coming decade.

The conference runs from 16-20th September at Hawaii Convention Center, Honolulu, USA. Beginning with a pre-conference early career event, moving through perspective, innovation, information, integration and vision - see the whole programme here.
OceanObs’19 will continue to develop strategies for a sustained, multidisciplinary and integrated ocean observing system, and better connect user communities and observers. Input (in the form of Community White Papers), will help shape strategy development throughout the conference and for the upcoming decade. The conference and Community White Papers will revolve around 10 vital societal benefit themes and the conference objectives. Additional synthesis and vision papers will be developed from input during the conference.
The table below details the six white papers where British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) personnel are author or co-author. The results of OceanObs will also feed into the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030).
More Events!

MEDIN Workshop 19th September, Southampton 

New to marine metadata standards? Or just fancy a refresher?
Discovery metadata is a list of information that accompanies a dataset and allows other people to find out what the dataset contains, where it was collected and how they can access it. 

Learn all about the MEDIN discovery metadata standard, data guidelines and controlled vocabularies at our free workshop at the National Oceanography Centre in Southampton on September 19th. 
To book your place, please email Sean Gaffney. For more information, see our website

OceanWise Marine Data Management & GIS Workshop

Tuesday 26th November, London.

Registration is now open!! Bringing you talks from:

  • KEY NOTE: "Open Data - Under Surveillance": James Cutler, Emapsite/AGI
  • "Data Crime Protection": Chris White, Regional Organised Crime Unit
  • "Blurring the lines between GIS and BI": Pete Edmonds, KPMG
  • "The Importance of Data Quality": Mike Osborne, OceanWise
  • Case Study, "Underwater Survey Capabilities for a WWII Bomber": Julian Rickards, 3D at Depth
  • Case Study, "Mapping the Global Oceans": George Wright, OceanWise
  • We have a few speaking slots available. Please Contact Us if you would like to present
Family fun at the National Oceanography Centre Open Day
Thank you to the 1,789 people who celebrated World Oceans Day on the 8 June by attending our annual Open Day in Southampton. Staff were delighted to answer your questions and introduce you to our wide array of research and equipment. The National Oceanography Centre hope you all had a fun (and educational) day out, see you next year! 
The Marine Data Exchange (MDE) Report has been published by The Crown Estate for January - June 2019. The Crown Estate are a sponsor of MEDIN and also sit on the MEDIN Data Standards and MEDIN Data Archive Centre Working Groups. The Marine Data Exchange holds 167 TB of survey data covering the UK continental shelf! See the full report here;
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