Saturday, 17 July 2010

European Directory of Marine Environmental Data (EDMED)

On behalf of the SeaDataNet community the British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) announce the release of a new display interface for the European Directory of Marine Environmental Data (EDMED) version 1.0. EDMED is searchable via either the SeaDataNet or BODC web sites.

Common seals on Scottish shores ©

What is EDMED?

EDMED is a comprehensive reference to the marine datasets and collections held within European research laboratories. It provides marine scientists, engineers and policy makers with a simple mechanism for data discovery.

Its origins date back to 1991 and it has undergone various revisions under the SEA-SEARCH and SeaDataNet initiatives. It has established itself as a European standard for indexing and searching datasets relating to the marine environment.

It covers a wide range of disciplines, for example
  • marine meteorology and atmospheric chemistry
  • physical, chemical and biological oceanography
  • human impact on the environment
  • fisheries and aquaculture
  • coastal and estuarine studies
  • marine geology and geophysics
EDMED catalogues datasets, irrespective of their format. Entries describe
  • digital databases or files
  • analogue records — paper charts, hard-copy tabulations
  • photographs and videos
  • geological samples
  • biological specimens
Directory entries are prepared by institutes and collated nationally. These national directories are combined to provide a single centralised system managed by BODC.