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Description SeaDataNet is a standardized system for managing the large and diverse data sets collected by the oceanographic fleets and the automatic observation systems. The SeaDataNet infrastructure network and enhance the currently existing infrastructures, which are the national oceanographic data centres of 35 countries, active in data collection. The networking of these professional data centres, in a unique virtual data management system provide integrated data sets of standardized quality on-line. As a research infrastructure, SeaDataNet contributes to build research excellence in Europe.

Organisation SeaDataNet ; the coordination is entrusted to IFREMER

IFREMER (Institut français de recherche pour l'exploitation de la mer) and other partner organisations, see :
Type of service Storage facility
Legislation The SeaDataNet data policy is consistent with, and in the spirit of, national and international policies and laws. Applicable policies or laws are those related to UN conventions, policies of international bodies often within the UN, policies and laws of the European Union. The SeaDataNet data policy is intended to be fully compatible with the Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on public access to environmental information, the INSPIRE Directive, IOC, ICES, WMO, GCOS, GEOSS and CLIVAR data principles.
Usage and appreciation website statistics available for members ; more than 1.7 Million (1 720 724) records in the CDI catalogue
Support organisation The pan-European CDI system is managed and operated by the SeaDataNet partner MARIS, who also runs a CDI-support desk together with IFREMER to give support.
Stage in the research project During, After
Postion within the research process3. Analysing data, 4. Preserving data, 5. Giving access to data, 6. Re-using data
Domain 3. Shared Research Domain, 5. Public Domain
Type of data 1. Raw data and data sets, 2. Data collections and structured databases, 3. Processed data and data representations
Data curation4. Preservation action, 5. Store, 6. Acces, use and re-use
Data classification Klasse 3 voor openbare informatie
Administrative information
Funding EU FP6 and FP 7 SeaDataNet infrastructure was implemented during the first phase of SeaDataNet - SeaDataNet project, grant agreement 026212 was an Integrated Infrastructure Initiative of the EU Sixth Framework.

The second phase of SeaDataNet (SeaDataNet 2 project, grant agreement 283607, started on October 1st, 2011 for a duration of 4 years. 
Depositor agreement Data policy  
User agreement SeaDataNet User LicenceEvery user agrees SeaDataNet User Licence as part of the User Registration
Policy Data policy
Intellectual property Data policy, but depending on the policies of the source daata centres
Data curation strategy The second phase of SeaDataNet aims to upgrade the present SeaDataNet infrastructure into an operationally robust and state-of-the-art Pan-European infrastructure for providing up-to-date and high quality access to ocean and marine metadata, data and data products by :
 %C2%96setting, adopting and promoting common data management standards
 %C2%96realizing technical and semantic interoperability with other relevant data management systems and initiatives on behalf of science, environmental management, policy making, and economy
Target group
Faculty Science
Primary target group Atmospheric Science and Oceanography Geosciences (including Geography) Natural Sciences Water Research

Secondary target group
Classification of the service
Availability According to the different types of assets, the access conditions vary:
1) meta-data are freely accessible without any condition.
2) data and products require:
a. registration
b. acceptance of additional conditions that may be requested by the different nodes of
the distributed database. The access rights are granted according to the “role” of the
c. acceptance of an user licence.
Integrity There are procedures for data quality control.
Confidentiality users have to register and ask permission for reuse of the data ; data can be under embargo
Accepted metadata formats Bespoke XML formats and exchange schema's (XSD)ISO 19115
Common data index
Accepted content types Plain text
Structured text
Scientific and statistical data formats
Software applications
Accepted preferred formats
Accepteerde file formats
Maximum size of deposits Depends on the source data centre (data provider)
Version management Yes
Quality control
Access requirements Registration is necessary to upload and to access the data, via a source data centre 
Tools / Interfaces for access
(Persistent) identifiers -- Unknown --Responsibility of participating Transnational Access (TA) Data Centre and part of SeaDataNet Data Policy
Long term guarantees Responsibility of participating Transnational Access (TA) Data Centre and part of SeaDataNet Data Policy
Complies with international standards for trusted repositories Not applicable: depends on the source data centreResponsibility of participating Transnational Access (TA) Data Centre and part of SeaDataNet Data Policy
Preservation strategy Responsibility of participating Transnational Access (TA) Data Centre and part of SeaDataNet Data Policy
Special conditions
Agreements with Leiden University None