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European Marine Observation and Data Network. Iain Shepherd European Commission. Strategic objectives for the Commission 2O05-2009.

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    1. European Marine Observation and Data Network Iain Shepherd European Commission MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    2. Strategic objectives for the Commission 2O05-2009 ”the particular need for an all-embracing maritime policy aimed a developing a thriving maritime economy, in an environmentally sustainable manner. Such a policy should be supported by excellence in marine scientific research, technology and innovation”

    3. timetable MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    4. data • difficult to access • incompatible standards • gaps • unknown quality • adds costs to public and private operators • impact assessments • spatial planning • limits development of value-added sector Brussels, Friday 13 June, 2008

    5. Blue Book 10 October 2007 Commission will

    6. Brussels April 2008 Actions for EMODNET MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    7. data protection intellectual property rights individual privacy security classifications freedom of information freedom of expression reporting obligations legal study on data access

    8. legal study on data access • Collection of information on access rights and restrictions on marine data • Analysis of general legal issues regarding access to data • Analysis of regulatory data provided to Commission under Common Fisheries Policy

    9. sample • a range of ‘old’ and ‘new’ Member States. • Bulgaria; • France; • Greece; • Poland; • Spain; • UK. • Norway • because it has a legal regime that has been influential as far as the development of law in this area is concerned

    10. findings • more legal regimes restricting and mandating data flows at the national and EU levels than at international level • EU initiatives intended to support creativity, economic development and innovation (…) adversely affect research and cooperation

    11. MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    12. EDMED classification • ATLASES & MAPS • MARINE BIOLOGY • CATALOGUES - DIRECTORIES ETC. • OCEAN COMPOSITION • COMPUTER MODELS • COASTAL STUDIES (e.g. shores, estuaries) • ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY/POLLUTION • FISHERIES • GEOLOGY - GEOPHYSICS - SEDIMENTATION • HYDROGRAPHIC SURVEYS (navigation/engineering) • METEOROLOGY • PHYSICAL OCEANOGRAPHY • REMOTE-SENSING (e.g. satellites, aircraft) • SEAFLOOR SAMPLES (e.g. core, dredge, grab) • ACCIDENTS/ RESPONSE • SHIPPING/ PORT INFORMATION • MARITIME TRAFFIC MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    13. Data Communities • Biology • Species, biodiversity • Chemistry • Nutrients, sewage, heavy metals • Hydrography • Bathymetry, coastlines • Geology • Sediments, strata, hazards, erosion • Physics • temperature, circulation, salinity • Human activity • shipping, fishing, mineral extraction MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    14. Quality checking MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    15. In the second half of 2008 a programme for the development of mutually compatible and multi-dimensional mapping of seas in Member States' waters

    16. Preparatory Action Timetable MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    17. European Atlas of the Seas using available spatial information and building on the work of a European Marine Observation and Data Network, with a view to its first publication in 2009.

    18. Preliminary Maritime Policy Budget 2009 MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    19. Roadmap • Rationale for EMODNET • History of EMODNET • Data status • who collects it • who uses it • results of legal study • Design principles for EMODNET • Relationship with other initiatives • GMES, SEIS, INSPIRE, Data Collection Regulation • Timetable for moving ahead MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels

    20. Questions for Expert Group • Questions today • what should priorities be for 2009 budget? • what are our data communities? • What should Atlas of Seas look like? • What should be covered in EU programme for seabed mapping? • Work during summer • review legal study • contribute to roadmap chapter on data status • suggest themes for European Atlas of Seas? MODEG 18 June 2008 – Brussels