Marine Scotland

Getting to know your marine data – DataFest 2018

February 27, 2018 by No Comments

In a little under three weeks, DataFest18 will kick off across Scotland. This event showcases “Scotland’s leading role in data” through a two day summit, networking opportunities and a series of Fringe events across Scotland. This year, Datafest18 has a particular focus on collaboration.

With that in mind, Marine Scotland, Historic Environment Scotland (HES), Marine Environmental Data & Information Network (MEDIN) and Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) have teamed up to host a Fringe Event exploring the opportunities and difficulties of working with marine data in Scotland.

Much of our day to day work relies on accurate and accessible data. Reliable data allows evidence-based decisions to be made and improves the efficiency of all scales of projects from small activities like shopping online to large interdisciplinary operations like planning new roads or dealing with emergency situations. The need for reliable data is no less important for those working in the marine environment. In Scotland, our marine environment is roughly six times larger than the terrestrial area. Not only is it much larger but for the most part the marine environment is hidden from us. All the more reason for organisations working in this arena to collaborate where possible.

The Marine Data in Scotland fringe Event, will explore how we are aiming to make data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Re-usable (FAIR) through the work being carried out by Marine Scotland, HES, MEDIN and SNH in the marine environment. Attendees will be offered the opportunity to hear about specific data projects which are helping to improve our understanding of Scotland’s seas, take part in a hackathon looking at developing a data portal and have the chance to try out the MSP Challenge 2050 game, developed as part of the EU funded SIMCelt project which uses marine data to build an interactive planning simulation tool. There will also be the opportunity to engage with marine data professionals and discuss real-life data issues.

The Marine Data in Scotland is open to all and free to attend. If you are interested in attending this Marine Data in Scotland Event, you can find out more at the Datafest fringe events website and sign up on EventBrite. The event will take place on 19th March 2018 (10:00 – 16:00) and is kindly hosted by Historic Environment Scotland at John Sinclair House, Edinburgh.

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