The Marine Environment Data and Information Network (MEDIN) is a partnership of UK organisations committed to improving access to marine data. The BGS are the accredited Data Archive Centre (DAC) for geology and geophysics and are active participants in MEDIN.
The current network of MEDIN accredited DACs include:
It is planned to widen coverage of the DAC network to include marine fisheries, marine historic environment and socioeconomic data.
The BGS (with partner DACs) have archived 28 primarily geological and geophysical survey datasets to date (July 2012), eighteen Marine Aggregate Sustainability Levy Fund (MALSF), three Joint Nature Conservation Committee (JNCC), and seven Wessex Archaeology, and will be archiving further datasets.
The BGS is working towards providing access to the data online (except for some large volume datasets) — the current method to request data is to contact the BGS Marine Data Enquiry team.
The MEDIN portal is a metadata discovery service providing users with a single point of access to a well-balanced, authoritative marine metadata catalogue.
Through initial discovery on the portal, users should be able to find out where the underlying data is available from. The BGS-held data listed on the portal provide links to the BGS Offshore Geoindex, which will soon have detailed view and potential download.
Data are submitted by prior mutual agreement between the BGS and the submitting party.
The first stage is to provide a catalogue of the data being offered for archiving. The BGS will then assess the contents of the catalogue and, if necessary, enter into discussion to clarify the information in it.
Depending on the volume, type, media and quality of the data, BGS may quote a cost for archiving the data. The agreement will include a schedule for delivery to BGS.
More information on data submission.
For more information contact Enquiries