INSPIRE Knowledge Base

MEDIN

Description
Organisation: 
Marine Environmental Data and Information Network
Acronym: 
MEDIN
Details
Mission and Objectives: 
MEDIN aims to promote coordination and availability of marine environmental data across departments and agencies in the UK. The objectives of MEDAG are: to develop, maintain and make available inventories of data, to develop guidelines for data management, to improve mechanisms to facilitate data exchange (including contributing UK data to global databases), to evaluate national and international policies that may influence marine environmental data management in the UK and provide information and advise to partners of MEDAG.
Formal Mandate: 
None
Mandate: 
MEDIN operates under the umbrella of the Inter-Agency Committee for Marine Science and Technology (IACMST). IACMST reports to the Department of Environment Fisheries and Rural Affairs, Chief Scientific Adviser. MEDIN is a not-for-profit consortium with representatives from public and private organisations.
Activities: 
The core activities of MEDIN: to develop, maintain and make available inventories of data, to develop guidelines for data management, to improve mechanisms to facilitate data exchange (including contributing UK data to global databases), to evaluate national and international policies that may influence marine environmental data management in the UK and provide information and advise to partners of MEDIN.
Membership: 
The Core membership of MEDIN is Department for Environment, Fisheries and Rural Affairs, Scottish Government The Environment Agancy UK Hydrographic Office The Met Office Natural Environmental Research Council Joint Nature Conservancy Council Countryside Council for Wales The work of MEDIN is primarily carried out by 4 coordinators. These are: Dr David Cotton Dr Lesley Rickards Dr Mark Charlesworth Dr Gaynor Evans
Typology: 
Regional
Sectorial
Thematic
PROPOSED ROLE IN INSPIRE DEVELOPMENT

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
  • implement pilot projects to test/revise/develop the draft Implementing Rules
  • yes
  • be kept informed
  • yes
    Geographic Domain
    International
    Primarily Europe but encompasses Global
    Societal Sector
    Coordination
    Specific Expertise
    Previous Experience relevant for INSPIRE development
    Lesley Rickards has been involved through the European Seasearch project which is a registered SDIC, however she was not chosen as an expert on any of the drafting teams. Various involvement from other MEDIN members. Mark Charlesworth has been involved in a number of UK meetings (including on with the UK drafting team) and is involved in a number of initiatives to improve and coordinate access of marine data in the UK. As such I have experience in metadata schemas and a background in oceanographic geographical features.
    Environmental application domains
    Marine Environmental Data Management
    Primary Business
    Data Management