One Ocean, One EMODnet: The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) launches its fully unified marine data service with major functionality upgrades.
For over a decade, more than 120 organisations involved in the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) have been working together to aggregate observations and data from various sources, process them according to international standards and make that information freely available as interoperable data layers and data products for re-user by others. This “collect once and use many times” philosophy benefits all marine data users, including policy makers, scientists, private industry and the public. It has been estimated that such an integrated marine data service creates great savings in cost and effort, improves the accuracy of marine research as well as opens up new opportunities for innovation and growth.
On 25 January 2023 EMODnet reached a new stage as it launched its fully centralised marine data service, integrating all of its thematic services into one single portal.
This thematic unification is a major upgrade, which simplifies access and enhances the EMODnet user experience. Central to the upgrade and major improvement is the release of the common map viewer, which offers the user easy and seamless access to discover, visualise and download marine data across seven thematics spanning marine environment and human activities and hundreds of data and data products from one place, powered by a searchable unified catalogue.
By providing a single-entry point to all EMODnet data, data products and services, the new portal offers services more suited to today’s data driven world and supports next generation ocean data and information management, as well as new technologies and approaches such as Artificial Intelligence.
The centralisation of all EMODnet thematic data services under a single umbrella has been a long-term effort, facilitated by the European Commission Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE). It is a landmark achievement of the European ocean observing and marine data community and the result of more than a year of technical developments by EMODnet thematic experts and the EMODnet Central Portal team coordinated by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) and the EMODnet Secretariat.
The move to one EMODnet Portal marks an end of the existing seven individual thematic portals which are now switched off, and redirect to the EMODnet Central Portal. From this point onwards, all users will be redirected to the Central Portal. The thematic networks and experts remain active, continuing to provide the harmonised datasets, data products and web-services upon which so many users depend.
With the centralisation, EMODnet further consolidates its role as the European operational service for in situ marine data, a valued partner in the European marine data ecosystem, and as a key regional contributor of interoperable data services and best practices to the global digital data commons.
A public webinar demonstrating the upgraded EMODnet services will take place online on 16 February 2023, with registration open and free for all.
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Source: European Commission I European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) (https://bit.ly/40d5HOs)