WP5: Uptake and outreach | Emodnet Biology

WP5: Uptake and outreach

Lead:   Marine Biological Association (MBA)




A significant measure of success of the EMODnet Biology programme relates to the extent of adoption and integration that the data systems and products have with the wider community.  This work package is aimed at ensuring 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 WP4 and guide future data integration activities, including those outlined in WP2.


Methodology & activities

1. In order to gain a full understanding of the needs of EMODnet Biology stakeholders, in relation to the data products and services developed under Phase II, and to inform the direction of development for Phase III we propose to host a workshop of global relevance involving representatives from each of the Regional Sea co-ordination bodies, ICES, transatlantic collaborative projects such as the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), relevant EU Research Infrastructures and the other EMODnet thematic lots.The workshop (D5.1) will showcase development to date, and capture future requirements, identifying existing gaps in knowledge and capacity and targeting development to meet these need

2. The keynote presentations, demonstrations and posters from this international workshop will encourage integration and ensure a common vision for the outputs from within the work packages of EMODnet Biology; it will ensure increased visibility of EMODnet Biology to the global marine data community, increase collaboration between the thematic lots and provide a clear steer to ensure maximal utility of outputs to the end user. Through a series of facilitated breakout sessions focusing on a range of topics including:

  • Technological challenges, barriers and opportunities;
  • data formats, standards and guidelines, and
  • ensuring societal relevance of outputs

 3. We will capture the outcomes and expectations and use these to refine the EMODnet Biology workplan, responding to user and stakeholder needs to ensure products are fit for purpose and aligned with global drivers and initiatives. In the first instance we will provide aims and goals achievable within the 2 year project, these will inform the direction of work required under D5.2 and be evaluated in the second workshop (D5.3). Secondly, aims and goals beyond the two year project scope will be highlighted and fed into the longer term EMODnet Biology workplan.

4. To advance the aims of the Galway Statement for the Atlantic we will investigate existing standards and protocols relating to marine biological data resources, review current exchange formats and crosswalks between standards for metadata and data, and identify gaps and opportunities for greater harmonization between existing projects, portals and infrastructures. Through consultation with existing projects and initiatives such as AtlantOS, ODIP, the relevant ODIN’s, IOC-IODE and organizations collecting biological data on both sides of the North Atlantic, such as the Ocean Tracking Network (OTN), we will gain greater understanding of divergence and commonalities in the marine biological data lifecycle and the relevant Essential Ocean Variables required for comprehensive monitoring and reporting.Such an understanding will facilitate proposals for future data exchange, the development of common tools, services and applications, and promote future collaboration.The outcomes of this work will be presented as a report, identifying how EMODnet Biology can help meet the requirements of the disparate marine biological data community.

Specifically D5.2 will take recommendations for the EBV and EOV from existing initiatives, including GOOS and GEO-BON; integrating recommendations from recent workshops, and producing guidance on how EMODnet Biology can assist in facilitating discovery of and access to these data. The Biology and Ecosystems Panel of GOOS (GOOS Bio-Eco) was established with the goal of developing and coordinating efforts in the implementation of a global ocean observation system to include essential biological and ecosystem variables. We will link with this panel, and take into account their recommendations on the development of EOV, and how EMODnet could develop products that are relevant for this process. In addition we will explore the closer integration with data systems developed by and utilized within the European Environmental Research Infrastructures, especially EMBRC, LifeWatch and ENVRI+, including guidelines and best practices for future projects and initiatives.  The resulting information will feed a peer-reviewed publication on opportunities and gaps in data exchange with use-cases for the North Atlantic and be complimented by a grey-literature report on the outcomes of the review.


5. Deliverable 5.3 will serve as a synthesis of the previous 2 deliverables within WP5.The meeting will inform the further development of data products, highlight areas where closer collaboration and improved data interoperability are required across all EU Regional Seas and provide a framework for the future direction of EMODnet Biology.By taking the requirements for data products relating to geospatial and traits-based species information from D5.1 and viewing these requirements in the context of transatlantic data systems (D5.2) we will hold a summary workshop to:

  • communicate the outcomes of the 2 year aims and goals, including demonstrations of new products,
  • present the strategy for wider adoption and use of the products and tools developed within EMODnet Biology; and
  • Present and discuss the longer term aims and goals of EMODnet Biology, with particular attention paid to the recommendations and guidelines for biodiversity data management that will be formulated by D 3.4.




D5.1 – Workshop to investigate scope of data products and applicability to end users (M3)

D5.2 – Report and peer-reviewed publication on comparison of data formats, standards and guidelines in the transatlantic area (M15)

D5.3 – Workshop to present EMODnet biology products to end-user (M24)



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