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19 May 2020

Help us to understand the value of publicly available marine data

​International project aims to improve understanding of the use of marine data

To gain an understanding of marine data and the value this has within society, MEDIN (Marine Environmental Data and Information Network), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and Global Ocean Observing System (GOOS, IOC-UNESCO) have come together to work on an international project. 

The joint initiative aims to better understand the benefits and value of public marine data. The questionnaire produced aims to close the existing knowledge gap of understanding the use of marine data that is made available through specialised data archive/management centres. 

The UK Hydrographic Office recognises this as an opportunity to gain insight into your needs that will help us to make better informed decisions, as well as inform future ocean policies in the lead up to the United Nations Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development 2021-2030. 

The questionnaire will help to understand:

• current user communities of public marine data

• how this data is transformed into actionable information 

• create future work in measuring the value of marine data

If you are a user of public marine data and would like to take part in the short questionnaire, please visit: