ESEP 18:75-81 (2018)  -  DOI: https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00181

European efforts to make marine data more accessible

Iain Shepherd

Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, European Commission, 1049 Bruxelles/Brussel, Belgium
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ABSTRACT: Marine data are held by hundreds of different institutions in Europe: hydrographic offices, geological surveys, local authorities, environmental agencies, research institutes and universities. The increasing prevalence of open data policies helps to make these data more accessible and usable. But, on its own, this is not enough. The European Union is therefore supporting a partnership of approximately 150 organisations who are rendering the data more interoperable and therefore more usable through common standards, nomenclature and baselines. The data are accompanied by confidence intervals. This change is already increasing productivity, stimulating innovation, and reducing uncertainty in the blue economy.


KEY WORDS: EMODNet · Accessibility · Marine data · Blue ocean


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Cite this article as: Shepherd I (2018) European efforts to make marine data more accessible. Ethics Sci Environ Polit 18:75-81. https://doi.org/10.3354/esep00181

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