"Without data you're just another person with an opinion" - W. Edwards Deming

The MBA has pioneered the management and provision of data and information through flagship projects such as the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) and the UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data (DASSH)

MBA Research Data

The MBA has a rich data portfolio with time series data running from 1903-present including phytoplankton, zooplankton, rocky shore species and larval and adult demersal fish.  The time-series data from the MBA contributes to the Western Channel Observatory and more details of the MBA’s data holdings are available on request from data@mba.ac.uk

MarLIN

MarLIN provides information to support marine conservation, management and planning. Our resources are based on available scientific evidence and designed for all stakeholders, from government agencies and industry to naturalists and the public. MarLIN hosts the largest review of the effects of human activities and natural events on marine species and habitats yet undertaken.

The Data Team

The Data Team of the MBA provides expertise in the archiving, management, visualization and dissemination of quality-assured marine biodiversity datasets and metadata.  The team operates the national biodiversity Data Archive Centre, DASSH, which is accredited through the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN).  The Data Team supplies advice, tools and resources enabling maximum value to be gained from biological datasets and additionally provides guidance on compliance with UK and International legislation relating to data governance.

DASSH - The UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data

Accredited through the MEDIN partnership, and core-funded by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and the Scottish Government, DASSH provides tools and services for the long-term curation, management and publication of marine...

MarLIN - The Marine Life Information Network

MarLIN provides information to support marine conservation, management and planning. Our resources are based on available scientific evidence and designed for all stakeholders, from government agencies and industry to naturalists and the public. MarLIN hosts the largest review of the effects of...

ENVRI+

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ENVRIplus is a Horizon 2020 project bringing together Environmental and Earth System Research Infrastructures, projects and networks together with technical specialist partners to create a more coherent, interdisciplinary and interoperable...

Mitten Crab Watch

Mitten crab recording

Chinese mitten crabs are officially listed as one of the World's 100 worst invasive species. They can cause damage to fishing gear and river banks, block intake screens, modify natural habitats and compete with native species. It is this economic and ecological damage that makes this crab such...

EMODNet Biology

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The Data Team have been active in the provision of UK data to the European Marine Observation and Data Network. By the development of ‘crosswalks’ between UK data standards developed by DASSH within MEDIN and the GBIF global biodiversity standards we have been able to demonstrate how data can flow...

Staff List

Dan Lear
Dan Lear
Head of Data, Information and Technology
Dan leads the MBA IT and Data Teams and is project co-ordinator for DASSH; the MEDIN accredited Data Archive Centre (DAC) for biodiversity data.
Email: Telephone Number:
+44(0)1752 426362
Matthew Arnold
Data Officer
Matt is a data and metadata specialist and has worked with the MBA Data Team since November 2014.
Email: Telephone Number:
+44(0)1752 426237
Esther Hughes
Data Manager
Esther is responsible for the management and sign-off of marine biological data for DASSH; the MEDIN accredited Data Archive Centre (DAC), and delivery of DASSH species datasets to the National Biodiversity Network (NBN).
Email: Telephone Number:
+44(0)1752 426237
Kevin Paxman
Data Engineer
Kevin is a data engineer with a background in Remote Sensing. He works within the DASSH team developing the tools needed to make the manual archival processes as automated as possible.
Email: Telephone Number:
+44(0)1752 426237

For more information about the data and information activities of the MBA and the services that can be provided, contact

Dan Lear, Head of Data, Information & Technology

Tel: +44(0)1752 633334 or use the contact form below.

You can also follow DASSH on Twitter @DASSH or contact MarLIN through Facebook