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EMODnet Human Activities behind the scenes: find out what’s next!

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With the beginning of the second year of the new phase, the EMODnet Human Activities team took the opportunity to organise a partner meeting, so as to take stock of the progress made so far and plan the work ahead.

When a project is called “The European Marine Observation and Data Network”, you don’t have many options, the meeting’s got to take place in a sea city; and sea city it was. Our friends and colleagues at AZTI Tecnalia’s hosted the meeting at their headquarters in beautiful (and sunny!) Donostia-San Sebastián (Basque Country, Spain).

If you’ve been following us since the beginning, you should know that we like to surprise our users by offering unexpected datasets and features that are in high demand. This year will make no exception, as we have a few aces up our sleeve.

We’ve already talked extensively about the forthcoming vessel density maps and there’s no need to go over the subject again. However, starting from the density maps, we dedicated an entire session of our meeting on potential additional data products that we could develop. These might include noise maps (in collaboration with EMODnet physics), estimating probability of introduction of alien species, fish trawling density maps, estimating probability of litter distribution, as well as human pressure index maps. We cannot guarantee that we’ll manage to develop all this stuff, but the idea is to exploit the expertise in our team to develop something new, beautiful and useful.

We also talked about potential new datasets. In the coming months, we’re going to release a dataset on Maritime Spatial Planning and a dataset on waste collected in EU ports. Those are tough nuts to crack, as data are not exactly easily available. But we like challenges, so we’re not going to let you down.

Other potentially new datasets might include power plants located on the coast and socio-economic data on fisheries and aquaculture.

And there’s even more to it. Our now 4-year portal is just about to receive a massive restyling, in line with EMODnet new visual guidelines. We’re also working on new features for our interactive map, but we don’t want to spoil the surprise.

Finally, in the coming weeks we’re going to launch a user survey. Those who are in our mailing list will be asked to evaluate our portal on several aspects, from data quality to usability. Most importantly they will be asked what datasets and data products they would like to see on EMODnet Human Activities. Again, we cannot guarantee we can take all suggestions on board, but at least we promise we’ll include all of them in our final report, so that they become food for thought for the next phase of EMODnet.

And you? Is there any dataset you would like us to work on? Any way we can improve our portal? Please, drop a line in the comments below and let us know.

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May 1st, 2018 | Written by

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