WP4: Uptake, outreach and communication | Emodnet Biology

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WP4: Uptake, outreach and communication

Lead:   Marine Biological Association (MBA)

+ VLIZ, University of Sheffield, SYKE, OGS, ILVO, ICES, CEFAS



This work package is aimed at ensuring that the highest level of integration and interoperability are achieved through the consultation of community needs and the analysis of existing systems and infrastructures. The outcomes of this Work Package will inform the development of products within WP3 and guide future data collation and integration activities, including those outlined in WP2, thus covering Task 6: Ensure the involvement of regional sea conventions and Task 7: Contribute to the implementation of EU legislation and broader initiatives for open data.

The landscape of initiatives, projects, legislative and statutory bodies is complex and evolving. To better understand how EMODnet can deliver essential and operational data, tools, products and services we need to understand our place and connections within this landscape. Through this Work Package we will illustrate our position and the nature and stability of the interconnections.

By engaging with key data consumers and liaison with WP3 and the system architecture (WP5), within WP4 we will provide the conduit to shape the delivery mechanism for products to support statutory reporting requirements. Through the capture and refinement of user ‘stories’ we will help steer the delivery of targeted data products to meet specific requirements. It is essential that this activity is undertaken with close collaboration with the other EMODnet thematic lots to ensure end-users receive the data and products in a low-friction manner.


Methodology & activities

Following the event to showcase EMODnet Biology data products to be held at the end of Phase III we will begin close collaboration with the other EMODnet lots to define a targeted questionnaire to capture specific user stories and requirements. The key targets will include the Regional Sea Conventions (RSC), the European Environment Agency (EEA), International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), The European Network of Marine Stations (MARS), Marine Biodiversity Observation Network (MBON), industry and trade associations, educational and Ocean Literacy initiatives (including EMSEA- the European Marine Science Educators Association) and the Marine Spatial Planning community. The outcomes of this activity will contribute to WP3.

Working across the whole EMODnet Biology partnership we will map the connectivity, level of interaction, nature and stability of EMODnet Biology’s involvement in the wide range of regional, continental and global projects, partnerships and initiatives. This activity will allow the identification of areas where the EMODnet Biology community can best target engagement and promote interactions. Taking input from previous deliverables and the available network we will identify, map and visualise the interactions to inform future engagement priorities.

We will endeavour to increase our engagement with each of the RSC to more effectively capture the requirements, whilst also providing clear examples of what is currently available and how it can be integrated into RSC operational requirements.  Key RSC working groups and committees will be identified and the potential for EMODnet partners to be embedded within them will be explored.

Building on D5.5: Transatlantic data integration and product development workshop and existing collaborations with the MBON community we will establish EMODnet Biology, consortium members and other key participants as the European Node of the MBON network.  Through close consultation and inclusion of other key partners and stakeholders including the Marine Research Stations Network (MARS), relevant European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Research Infrastructures, EurOBIS and the EOOS community we will ensure a cohesive and inclusive network is in place.

We will actively engage with the wider stakeholder landscape based on those interactions mapped through D4.2.  By contributing to the project, initiative and organisational newsletters and engagement channels we will increase the reach of EMODnet Biology to new areas and consolidate and inform on the new and innovative developments taking place.



D4.1: Questionnaire to inform cross-lot product development (M3)

D4.2: EMODnet Biology connectivity ‘map’ of projects, institutes, initiatives and networks to inform targeted engagement (M12)

D4.3: EMODnet Biology participation in each of the RSC’s to inform and advise of available data products and mechanisms to access and influence the development of data, products, tools and services (M12)

D4.4: “Launch” of the European MBON node (M24)

D4.5: Creation of engaging and informative use-cases for EMODnet Biology to illustrate uptake and utility of data products across a range of stakeholders across the quadruple helix of engagement. (M6,12,18,24)



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