Metrology for Integrated Marine Management and Knowledge Transfer Network
Improving the exchange of marine observation data in Europe
The H2020 project MINKE integrates key European marine metrology research infrastructures to propose an innovative framework of ‘quality of oceanographic data’ for European actors monitoring and managing marine ecosystems. MINKE proposes a new vision for the design of marine monitoring networks. It regards accuracy and completeness as the driving components of quality in data acquisition. This new vision will be framed in a helix model of innovation that incorporates all the elements involved in the monitoring network design:
- context (ocean health): identifying the Essential Ocean variables (EOVs) as the key parameters to monitor
- civil society (NGO, Makers community, Social media and Citizen Science platforms): key actors to ensuring data completeness
- academia: researching new methods to ensure the accuracy and the global quality of the final products, developing tools for integrating the information of top-qualified oceanographic instruments and low-cost instrumentation
- industry: improving the performance of the observations with new instrumentation, data transmission systems and cost-effective technologies
- governments: providing the legal and socio-economic frameworks to develop the proposed network
52°North co-leads a dedicated work package on data harmonization. The core topics of this work package include the evaluation of interoperability standards, the investigation of integration options for the European Open Science Cloud, the handling of uncertainty information, as well as, the link to data aggregation platforms such as EMODNET.
In 2022, 52°North’s team focused on aspects related to data harmonization. A comprehensive review of the partners’ needs concerning the description of data quality and data gathering workflows, data publication, and data discovery provided the basis for these activities. In a next step, 52°North assessed relevant standards and technologies based on their suitability to fulfil the project’s objectives and identify necessary enhancements. The team documented their findings in a dedicated deliverable on data harmonization best practices. Furthermore, they developed architectural approaches for integrating the MINKE developments with the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and marine research data aggregators.
Coordinator: Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC), Spain
National Oceanography Centre (NOC), United Kingdom
Université d’Aix-Marseille, France
Anel.lides Sl, Spain
Suomen ympäristökeskus (SYKE), Finland