INSPIRE Knowledge Base


LMO Description
Proposed role in INSPIRE development
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Level of authority: 
    European seas
    Formal Mandate: 
    <p>EurOcean is a European centre for information on marine science and technology.</p> <p>The object of EurOcean is to develop information exchange and derived products in the field of marine sciences and technologies between a wide range of governmental and non-governmental bodies, with a view of building up a comprehensive system of information about marine science, marine research infrastructure, marine technology and related activities, thus enhancing the development of a Marine European Research Area and contributing to a European Maritime Policy.</p>
    Main Activities: 
    The functions of EurOcean are to: - facilitate access to, compile and process appropriate information on marine science and technology, and related issues; - stimulate the development and use of quantitative indicators related to marine science and technology; - - facilitate communication between European research organisations having activities in marine science and technology; - - prepare analyses, reports and other products, in accordance with the requirements of the Member Organisations of EurOcean and other appropriate organisations.
    Area of work/experience
    Geographic Domain:: 
    European seas
    Societal Sector: 
    marine science and technology
    Specific Expertise: 
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development: 
    The European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology – EurOcean- manages an Internet portal working as an electronic platform of information and communication for all actors with interest in marine science and technology in Europe. It gathers information, which is scattered, fragmented and uneasy to access, in a single Portal, maximising and enhancing Europe’s marine and maritime dedicated efforts in research and technology development. Four info-bases developed by EurOcean illustrate the Centre’s approach to information management. Three of these info-bases are related to marine research infrastructures in Europe and the fourth one is a compilation of marine related research projects funded at European level: - EurOcean_RV info-base gathers specifications for 263 research vessels; 87 descriptors have been developed concerning available onboard equipment, vessel technical specifications and contact details. - EurOcean_UV, is an on line info-base on the underwater vehicles (UV) providing access to technical information on 67 UVs classified in four categories: Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROV); Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (AUVs); Manned Submersibles; and others. - EurOcean_LExI is an info-base dedicated to the marine Large Exchangeable Instruments and assembles information on 24 categories of instruments. - EurOcean_MAP is an info-base of the marine research funded projects funded in Europe by COST, EUREKA, EUROCORES (ESF), 6th Framework Programme (EC), INTERREG III (EC), LIFE (EC) and SMAP (EC). EurOcean_MaP gathers information on 545 projects, of which 269 were funded by the 6th Framework Programme. EurOcean has recently moved a step forward in the management of the information collected. Added value is given to information by the production and dissemination of statistical analysis of the contents of the info-bases, providing on line and real time indicators, and preparing reports, available on line and in printable formats.
    Primary Business: 
    information management
    Environmental application domains: 
    marine and maritime domains