marine data standards

Standards are common rules, conditions or guidelines and are essential to enable easy discovery and re-use of data. MEDIN promotes the use of standardised field names and controlled vocabularies so that data sets are described in a consistent way for every type of marine data.

The MEDIN Standard offers benefits for:

data collectors

 • clear guidance on metadata requirements
 • common format for every contract
 • what metadata to supply with your data

data centres

 • easy ingestion
 • enables automatic metadata harvesting / exchange
 • help finding the most suitable Data Archive Centre for your data

data users

 • easier to find what data is available
 • enables access to data held by lots of organisations


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MEDIN regularly holds free workshops to improve the uptake, knowledge and use of MEDIN standards and the tools that support them.