GEO-SEAS: A EUROPEAN INITIATIVE FOR MANAGING AND SHARING MARINE GEOLOGICAL AND GEOPHYSICAL DATA IN EUROPE AND BEYOND?
The overall objective of Geo-Seas, a European Commission funded project, has been the development of a unified e-infrastructure to facilitate the sharing of harmonised marine geoscientific data within Europe. This has resulted in a major improvement for researchers, stake holders and policy makers wanting to identify, locate and access the marine geological and geophysical data and data products held by the 26 geological surveys and research institutes which form the nodes of the Geo-Seas e-infrastructure.
This has in part been achieved through Geo-Seas having built on the work done by the existing SeaDataNet project which provides a data management e-infrastructure for oceanographic data. By adopting and adapting the SeaDataNet methodologies and technologies the Geo-Seas project has avoided unnecessary duplication of effort by reusing existing and proven technologies as well as allowing the development of a common approach to marine data management across Europe which can potentially be extended to the wider international community. This approach has already lead to the development of collaborative links with other European projects as well as extending to the wider marine geoscientific and oceanographic community including projects in the USA such as the Rolling Deck Repository (R2R) initiative.