What is the goal of this project?
The primary goal of this project is to create a single entry point for geographic data on the spatial extent and intensity of human activities at sea across all EU sea-basins. We're not setting up new data collections nor are we building a giant centralised database. We're only making available and harmonising information currently held by several sources through a single portal. This project feeds into the European Marine and Observation Data Network (EMODnet). There are six other thematic portals like this one.
What companies/institutions lead the development of this project?
This project is carried out by a consortium of companies and organisations led by Cogea. To find out more about the consortium and its partners, please see our partners page. The project is financed by the EU Commission - DG MARE, and the consortium was awarded the contract after a public procurement procedure.
What is the status of this project?
The Human Activities portal was not included in the first phase of EMODnet, and its development only begun in September 2013. The first phase of EMODnet Human Activities ended in September 2016. Our contract for the current phase was signed in March 2017 and will end in March 2019, with a possible renewal until 2021.
What data are available through this website?
At present, "Human Activities" provides data on:
- Aggregate extraction
- Ship Wrecks
- Submerged Prehistoric Archaeology and Landscapes
- Protected areas
- State of Bathing Waters
- Fisheries zones
- Fish Catches
- Fish Sales
- Active Licenses
- Offshore Installations
- Finfish Production
- Shellfish Production
- Freshwater Production
- Project Locations
- Test Sites
- Other forms of area management/designation
- Telecommunication Cables (schematic routes)
- Landing Stations
- Telecommunication Cables (actual route locations)
- Dredge Spoil Dumping
- Dumped Munitions
- Wind farms
What are the data sources?
Our data are provided by authoritative sources from all around the EU. Their names are clearly indicated in our metadata. Alternatively, if you want to have a quick look at who's providing data, please see our list of sources.
How can I stay apprised of data updates?
The best way to make sure that you're always receiving the latest updates is to use our web services (WFS, WMS); you can find the links via our Search Data page. Alternatively, you can check out our Blog to see what's going on or subscribe to our RSS feed.
Do I need to register to view the map?
You don't need to register to view the map and its data themes. We ask that you provide some basic information when downloading data or obtaining web service links, as this helps us to provide summary information.
How can I download data?
Data can be downloaded via the Search Data page.
Will the data download be free?
Yes, it will.
What data formats will be available for download?
Data layers can be accessed directly via Web Feature Services (WFS) or Web Map Services (WMS). Data may also be available for download in other formats such as KML, Shapefile, Esri Geodatabase or raster formats.
Can I retrieve your data using WMS/WFS?
Yes. GIS vector data is available as WFS, and raster data as WMS, via the Search Data page.
Are there any restrictions to the use of data?
All data will be free to access and download. Metadata should be consulted for information on any usage restrictions and how to acknowledge the source.
What GIS software can I use to work with the data I downloaded?
There are several proprietary and open source GIS solutions available for viewing, interrogating and editing GIS data. If you're new to GIS, check-out QGIS, a free and Open Source Geographic Information System. QGIS will read WMS/ WFS and import many data formats.
Will the web services conform to Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards?
Yes. The portal provides OGC compliant web services. WFS served by the EMODnet Human Activities portal conform to WFS specification version 1.1.0. The specification versions of WFS supplied by a third parties may vary.
Is my browser compatible with your portal?
The website will be compatible with the latest versions of Chrome, Internet Explorer, Firefox and Safari.
Can I view the portal on a mobile device?
The information pages will be automatically reformatted to fit your device. We recommend using a desktop computer or laptop to ensure full compatibility of the map portal and data search engine.
In what languages can I ask for assistance?
For the time being, assistance will be provided in English only. Additional EU languages might be added in the future.
How can I contribute to the project?
If you have a dataset on a marine or maritime activity not included in our portal, or if you simply have more up-to-date and/or detailed data on an activity already covered, please use the Data Ingestion service or contact us.
Will I be paid if I submit my data to the project?
No, sorry. EMODnet is based on free and voluntary cooperation by data sources. That's the spirit of our project, so you won't be getting any money if you decide to contribute. Nonetheless, please rest assured that you will be duly acknowledged as the data source.
How do I cite the data from this site?
Please cite EMODnet as well as the primary source of data in your work. You must also consult the metadata for other required acknowledgments. Metadata data will be available from our "Search Data" page, currently under construction.
Can I post something on your blog?
As long as it's related to EMODnet Human Activities, you can and you should. We're always eager to hear from our users, how they used our data, what project they're involved in, what paper they're working on, etc. If you want to share a short story with us, you're most welcome. Please bear in mind that there are some basic rules: the article shouldn't exceed 500-600 words; it has to be non-political; it has to be related to our activities and / or our data, possibly to how you used our data for your work; the text should not have been published elsewhere online; any sources or organisations should be stated; it has to be written in good English. If you're interested, do not hesitate to contact us.
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