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The co-ordination and implementation of a versatile data framework is critical to provide the data foundation necessary for the development of innovative data products capitalising on data synergy at all levels. The importance of a clear data management policy and methodology together with appropriate staff and resource allocation is paramount: the quality, availability, access and visibility of data resources has a direct influence on the ability of the Marine Environment unit (ME) to fulfil the obligations of the projects and mission that it is concerned with.

The basic driving force for a data management framework at the Marine Environment Unit can be stated as:

-The comprehensive accountancy, safety, storage, retrieval and use of all relevant data resources.

A prerequisite for a successful data framework is a clearly defined purpose. In the case of the Marine Environment Unit:

-The purpose of a Marine Environment unit data management framework is to provide secure information and access to the data resources held by the Unit.

Essential user requirements for a data framework have been identified as:

-What data is available for a specific user requirement?
-Where is the data that satisfies a user requirement?
-What is the quality of the data that satisfies a user requirement?
-How can a user obtain a copy of the data that satisfies a user requirement?

The creation of a comprehensive metadata repository describing all of the data resources held or of interest to the Marine Environment Unit will provide the foundation for an extensible data management system that can manage the data holdings it references. Through this activity, the essential user requirements listed above can be addressed.

This report provides the background and rational for the development of a unit-wide data management framework built on the creation of a metadata repository that is used to provide a fundamental inventory of the data held within the Unit.

Additional information

Authors: DONLON C.J, EC-JRC, Space Applications Institute-Marine Environment Unit-Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 19804 EN (2001), pp.98. Euro: Free of charge
Availability: Available by Documentation Service JRC Ispra
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