INSPIRE Knowledge Base


FP7 project and e-infrastructure of 26 marine geological and geophysical data centres
Mission and Objectives: 
The mission of Geo-Seas is to provide users means to to identify, locate and access pan-European, harmonised and federated marine geological and geophysical datasets and derived data products held by the data centres through a single common data portal.The aims of Geo-Seas are aligned with European directives and recent large-scale framework programmes on global and European scales, such as GEOSS and GMES, EMODNET and INSPIRE. Geo-Seas is expanding the existing SeaDataNet marine and ocean data management infrastructure to handle marine geological and geophysical data, data products and services, creating a joint infrastructure covering both oceanographic and marine geoscientific data. Common data standards and exchange formats are agreed and implemented across the data centres. Geo-Seas is adopting and adapting SeaDataNet standards and tools. Geo-Seas also takes into account the experience and developments arising from international geological projects, such as, OneGeology and GeoSciML. Many of the Geo-Seas partners are also partners in these international projects. Moreover existing international standards are included in the formulation of common standards. The new infrastructure is promoted to research communities, and new data products and services will be developed following consultations on research requirements. Other geological and geophysical organisations are encouraged to adopt the Geo-Seas protocols, standards and tools.
Formal Mandate: 
European Commission
Geo-Seas is implementing an e-infrastructure of 26 marine geological and geophysical data centres, located in 17 European maritime countries
Development of technical specifications, software, data indexing and search facilities, midleware, data repositories.
- Natural Environment Research Council (UK) - Mariene Informatie Service MARIS BV - Institut Français de Recherche pour l’Exploitation de la Mer - Bureau de Recherches Géologiques et Minières - Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research - Bundesamt für Seeschiffahrt und Hydrographie - Instituto Geologico Y Minero de España - Instituto Nacional de Engenharia Tecnologia e Inovação - Institute of Geology & Mineral Exploration - Department of Communications, Energy and Natural resources - Geological Survey of Ireland - Bundesanstalt für Geowissenschaften und Rohstoffe - Istituto Nazionale di Oceanografia e di Geofisica Sperimentale - Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland - Norges geologiske undersøkelse - Panstwowy Instytut Geologiczny - Eesti Geoloogiakeskus - Institute of Geology and Geography - Institute of Oceanology Bulgarian Academy of Sciences - Geodynamic Institute, National Observatory of Athens - Construction Industry Research and Information Association - Management Unit Mathematical Model of the North Sea - Geoquímica, Petrología y Prospección Geológica, - Facultad de Geología,Universidad de Barcelona - University of Cork - EU-Consult - Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique - Service Hydrographique Marine - Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science - University of Latvia
Geo-Seas aims at covering the theme of data management in the field of Geology and Geophysics

Which role(s) do you foresee for the SDIC in INSPIRE development

  • submit reference material as input to the Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • allocate experts to Drafting Teams
  • yes
  • participate in the review process
  • yes
  • contribute to cost/benefit analysis of the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • collect and describe user requirements related to Environmental policies
  • yes
  • register a project to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • contribute to awareness raising and training
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    European mrittime areas
    Societal Sector
    Data management, research, e-infrastructure, government
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    We have specific experience in metadata models development using ISO19115, O&M and SensorML and in controlled data access via the web