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Marine Benthic Data Standards

JNCC complies with relevant and existing benthic data standards where possible, enabling data to flow, be combined, processed, and shared between and within organisations with greater efficiency.

MEDIN Discovery Metadata

High-level metadata for datasets generated on new surveys and from subsequent analysis are created to the Discovery Metadata Standard developed by the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN). This ensures that all aspects of the dataset are described fully and allows the datasets to be advertised and discovered on UK and international metadata catalogues.

The MEDIN discovery format is fully compatible with the UK GEMINI standards, and includes additional information. In generating metadata to MEDIN standards, JNCC ensure that relevant GEMINI records can be automatically extracted thus streamlining national and international dataset discovery.

JNCC maintains close links with MEDIN and currently co-chairs the Standards Working Group and is represented on the Executive Team and Sponsors Board.


MEDIN Data Guidelines & Darwin Core

In addition to the use of the MEDIN Discovery metadata standard, JNCC has undertaken recent work to ensure compatibility with the MEDIN Data Guideline standards, ensuring compatibility with the MEDIN Data Archive Centres and cross compatibility with the international Darwin Core standard used by the global Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).


EMODnet Seabed Habitats

Habitat maps generated from survey data are requested and held by JNCC in the standards described by the EMODnet Seabed Habitats initiative. These standards, adapted from those created as part of the MESH project in 2012, allow for swift conflation, translation and analysis of habitat data further downstream and for wider data sharing.



Taxonomic information from infauna and epifauna sampling methods are required in the form of "AphiaID" identifiers from the international standard World Record of Marine Species (WoRMS) system. Newly identified taxa are fed back through to the WoRMS taxonomic curators, to ensure that the system is up to date.

MEDIN also curate a UK subset of WoRMS, known as Marine Species of the British Isles and Adjacent Seas. This 'master' list is used in a variety of ways throughout JNCC’s marine data holdings, from use as an initial QC checklist for species identified on survey to use as the source of taxa present in the Marine Recorder Species Dictionary.



Marine Benthic Data (Management)

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