The European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) is a consortium of organizations supported by the EU’s integrated maritime policy. These entities collaborate to monitor the sea, process data in accordance with international standards, and provide that information freely as interoperable data layers and products.
The philosophy of “collect once and use many times” is advantageous for all users of marine data, including policymakers, scientists, private industries, and the public. It is estimated that such an integrated marine data policy will save a minimum of one billion Euros annually, while also creating new opportunities for innovation and growth.
From November 27 to 30, over 340 partners, associated partners, and stakeholders of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) convened in Brussels for the third EMODnet Open Conference and Jamboree. The week commenced with a Partner Jamboree, involving more than 120 partners who exchanged information on their latest service developments and collaborative activities. The Open Conference, moderated by Karen Coleman, was a public event featuring over 75 speakers during the 1.5 days. The event underscored EMODnet’s pivotal role in the European Marine Data Ecosystem, with a focus on a “Digital and Green Future.”
The Jamboree, an annual meeting, was attended by employees of the Institute, namely, Dr. Slavica Matijević and Dr. Damir Ivanković. The Institute of Oceanography and Fisheries has actively participated as a partner in the network’s operation for over 20 years (in the previous SeaDataNet and SeaCloud projects). Presently, the Institute is engaged in the EMODnet Ingestion and EMODnet Chemistry projects.