Specific Objective: To support access to and use of maritime spatial data.

A key element of MSP is high quality maritime spatial data and infonnation, and the infrastructure to support its exchange and use. This action will examine the data and information requirements for MSP, specifically the challenges around transboundary working, and will also look at existing infrastructure arrangements and how these might be optimised.

A Marine Spatial Data Infrastructure (MSDI), which meets the requirements of internationally recognised quality protocols and can rely on by all stakeholders and end-users, will be critical to this action. A well structured and managed MSDI allows information and data to be shared and exchanged and therefore supports transboundary cooperation as well as national efforts linked to MSP. The associated tools are critical to enable access to data and information as a basis for dialogue with the public and all interested parties, as well as providing support for decision making. For the purposes of this action the SIMNORAT project will avail of existing spatial data infrastructures and not invest in the development of a project specific time-bound output. The following tasks will be undertaken:

  • Assess the planning needs arising from data analysis and identify to what extent these can be currently met and where gaps need to be addressed;
  • Identify barriers such as a lack of data, or data that might not be publicly available;
  • Begin to address gaps with respect to missing data and information (to complement data gathered under C1.3.2 and Cl .3.6): a link shall be established with complementary initiatives and projects to provide guidance for future interaction and collaboration.
  • Investigate the steps needed to make MSDIs interoperable (such as documents and portals translation). Interoperable data and web services will allow endusers to construct on-demand charts. MSDI interoperability will be used to display on a cross-border basis such information as base lines and maritime boundaries, regulated areas and maritime activities;
  • Assessment of data semantics and their implications for MSP. For example, the meaning of a tenn may vary according to the cotmtry (e.g. the chart datum). Differences should be assessed and a programme established to address identified gaps and challenges. This work will take into account the relevant work of other projects (e.g. COVADIS – Commission of validation for spatial data — which is an inter-ministerial commission whose role is to standardize most frequently used geographical data, national programme such as Litto3Din France, and the EU Coastal Mapping project), and the requirements of the INSPIRE Directive. An exercise to harmonize metadata will also be undertaken;
  • Consider a decision support tool which could enable planners to take into account several activities, possible constraints and scenarios whenimplementing MSP;
  • Organize a training workshop to help stakeholders become familiar with thespatial analysis functions developed within data.shom.fr and allow users toproduce their own thematic charts from the various data layers produced by all the partners that will be aggregated during the lifespan of the project. Progress with regard to interoperability may allow users to transfer this knowledge into their portals and existing data centres; A link will be done with the work in course in SIMCelt project.

Outputs: Analysis of data needs and existing data gaps; specifically relating to transboundary working.
Assessment of opportunities and barriers to interoperability and suggested action plan to address data needs and improve data exchange.
Initial activity to address data needs Data management guidance document.
Enhancement of relevant information tools, particularly to enable interoperability, and ability to produce Northem European Atlantic wide information.
Link will be done with land coastal data in order to take into account land sea interactions as indicated in article 7 of MSP Directive.
Interoperability with EMODNET portals will be searched.