The Marine Data Exchange is a means of disseminating data
provided to The Crown Estate by offshore renewable energy
(Please note that data provided before 2013 may not fully meet the
From January 2013, data submitted by developers to the Marine Data
Exchange should meet the following requirements:
The data shall be structured into a hierarchy of "Series" ,
"Datasets" and "Reports" according to the below figure.
A Series is analogous to a MEDIN Series which can
be defined as a collection of datasets and reports collected in
relation to a survey or data collection campaign, linked by a
common research question. Series must be described by a metadata
record. A Series must contain one or more reports and / or
A Dataset is defined as a 'pillar' of data and
information related to a single parameter, instrument or method.
Datasets must be described by a metadata record. A Series can
contain one or more datasets.
A Report is defined as a set of documents
relating to part, or the whole of a survey or data collection
campaign. Reports must be described by a metadata record. A Series
can contain one or more reports.
The Crown Estate's requirements for metadata are:
Series - MEDIN Discovery Standard (series metadata)
Dataset - MEDIN Discovery Standard (dataset metadata)
Report - The Crown Estate Report Metadata
The spatial reference system of data should be fully defined.
Where appropriate data should conform to the MEDIN Data
MEDIN provide free workshops to help users understand
MEDIN metadata and data guidelines. We recommend that you sign up
to one of these workshops should you be working with marine
For more detailed information, please read our
requirements document (version 1.3 published 18th January