Data provides the lifeblood for many organisations. Accurate, accessible and interoperable data are necessary for everything from small tasks all the way to large, interdisciplinary operations. As the quality and availability of data improves, so too do the innovative uses of those data. As the internet of things becomes a reality, data becomes centred on the properties of objects, mobile phones, people and cities… For those organisations working in or focused on the marine environment, the need for accurate and accessible data is no less important but is made all the more difficult by the environment from which these data must be collected. Data collection is harder, more expensive and the opportunity for crowd sourcing or similar citizen science is greatly reduced. Scotland’s seas (Exclusive Economic Zone) cover an area of 462,263 km². That is about 6 times larger than our terrestrial area. Our offshore area shares boundaries with Norway, Faroes , Ireland as well as the rest of the UK. And for the most part, the contents of this huge marine environment are invisible to us. For these reasons (and many more) collaboration between organisations, consistent data management and an attitude of fostering an open data environment are all the more necessary when working with marine data.
The Marine Data in Scotland fringe event is a collaborative workshop brought together by Marine Scotland (Scottish Government), Historic Environment Scotland, Marine Environmental Data & Information Network (MEDIN) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) with the aim of exploring the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable) principles of data management and the challenges and new potential uses of data in the marine environment.
The workshop is built around the FAIR data principles and will be split into three sections.
The first session will include introductions and presentations covering the difficulties of data collection and management in the marine environment. Each of the organisers will then present on the marine data work they are involved in, including;
• Marine Environmental Data & Information Network (MEDIN),
• Marine Scotland Open Data Network (Marine Scotland),
• Canmore (Historic Environment Scotland), and
• Natural Spaces & GEMS (Scottish Natural Heritage)
The session will end with an opportunity to ask the presenters questions and discuss any common themes that emerge from the presentations.
MSP Challenge 2050 game and Lunch
The second session will offer guests a chance to see a demonstration of the interactive Marine Spatial Planning Challenge 2050 game. The MSP Challenge game has been developed for Marine Scotland as part of the EU-funded SIMCelt project, a project intended to highlight the challenges of cross-border marine planning. This game provides a digital environment, based on the Firth of Clyde, where users can engage in a simulated planning process using real data and ecological models to visualise the effects of the planning process. Lunch will also be provided during this session.
The final session of the day will cover a paper-based hackathon. Working in small teams, guests will be asked to help design the ideal marine data tool. This hackathon will offer the opportunity to discuss and share real world examples and design a tool which could help shape changes in the future. A map based demonstration of what can be achieved with open marine data will be followed by a closing panel discussing whether marine data are FAIR.
The Marine Data in Scotland fringe event presents an opportunity to explore the unique challenges of marine data and to engage with some of the leading organisations working with marine data in Scotland. You will hear about data management and use within the various organisations and hear about how we are working together to improve our understanding of Scotland’s seas. The event will also offer a chance to engage with marine data professionals and other interested parties to address real examples of marine data and to discuss and work towards potential solutions and requirements, helping to move the marine data conversation forward.
We anticipate that this fringe event will benefit those who already have an interest in the marine environment and those who wish to explore new data opportunities and innovations in a very large data arena. It is targeted at those with some prior knowledge of data science/manipulation but will also act as an introduction to the marine data environment.
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