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DASSH Data Archive for Seabed Species and Habitats - ME4163

The Data Team of the Marine Biological Association provides a national resource of expertise in the archiving, management, visualization and dissemination of quality-assured marine biodiversity datasets and metadata. The team operates DASSH, the national Data Archive Centre (DAC) for marine species and habitats data, which is accredited through the UK’s Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN). The Data Team developed the MEDIN metadata standard and MEDIN biological guidelines and also run the MEDIN national metadata helpdesk, providing support across the sector for organisations to become MEDIN and INSPIRE compliant.
With more than 15 years experience in the collation of historical datasets to assist statutory agencies and Government departments in delivering their legislative obligations, the DASSH Team has specialist experience in standardising and extracting maximum value from data in a wide variety of formats. The team also supplies advice, tools, and resources to a wide range of data providers and collators including guidance on compliance with UK and International legislation relating to data governance. Close linkages exist with other MEDIN DACs, including BODC, the NERC Data Centre for marine data. The DASSH team are part of the Marine Recorder (MR) Steering group and DASSH forms the marine node of the National Biodiversity Network (NBN). In addition DASSH staff represent MEDIN on the Healthy and Biologically Diverse Seas Evidence Group (HBDGSEG), the Biodiversity Action Group, the UK Earth Observation Framework Data Advisory Group and the Scottish Biodiversity Information Forum.
DASSH provides access to datasets via an on-line catalogue of both metadata and data via the DASSH and MEDIN web sites, and the National Biodiversity Network (NBN) Gateway. DASSH is an initiative of the Marine Biological Association (MBA) funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Scottish Government. DASSH works with the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) and collaborates with existing marine Data Archive Centres (DACs) to develop and comply with national and international metadata and data standards including the INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/EC).
Objective 1 - Support of MEDIN Activities
MEDIN will continue to benefit from the expertise and experience of the DASSH team. The continued support from DASSH staff will improve the outputs from the MEDIN and UKMMAS Working Groups and ensure the wider engagement of the biological data community with MEDIN.
The volume and spatial coverage of metadata available through the MEDIN portal will continue to be increased.

Objective 2 - Data Standards and Specifications
The continued development of tools to facilitate the ingestion of data supplied in-line with the approved MEDIN data specifications. The tools will improve the speed and volume of data that can be archived within MEDIN DACs. DASSH has recently added 30TB of additional, mirrored storage to ensure the continued growth of the DAC and provide capacity to accept data over the next 3 years.
Improvement in the engagement with commercial and academic partners to adopt MEDIN data specifications and metadata standards.
An increase in the volume of data and metadata available through the MEDIN portal, NBN Gateway and DASSH Website.

Objective 3 - Liaison with Key Data Providers
The greater engagement with key data holders will result in an increase in the volume of data available through the DAC network. Where full data access is not possible, the DASSH team will assist in the creation of MEDIN discovery metadata and ensure metadata availability through the MEDIN portal. The increase in the adoption of MEDIN standards and specifications will improve the overall flow of data within the marine biological data community and address perceived concerns regarding the ability of major data holder to mobilize and disseminate their data.

Objective 4 - Data Delivery
Improved linkages between metadata records on the MEDIN portal and data held within the DASSH archive.
Simplification of data retrieval by the end-user, reducing the staff resource required to service data access requests.
Provision of INSPIRE compliant download service.
Proof of concept for linkages between MEDIN metadata portal and direct data delivery.
Capability to 'mint' DOI's and associate them with key datasets
Time-Scale and Cost
From: 2014

To: 2017

Cost: £214,452
Contractor / Funded Organisations
Marine Biological Association
Fields of Study
Environmental Protection - Marine