The MBA Data Team has been accredited as an Associated Data Unit of the International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) and becomes the UK node for the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS).
Effective data management ensures the best available evidence is accessible to support management, education, research and policy development. Working with international partners to establish and promote standards and best practice the MBA Data Team is at the heart of efforts to ensure marine biological data are collected and stored in a manner that facilitates future reuse; maximizing the initial investment and leveraging additional value.
The accreditation reflects the pivotal role the MBA plays in the management of the UK’s marine biological data resources and its global profile as a centre of excellence for marine data management.
The MBA has a dedicated Data Team responsible for the delivery of DASSH DASSH is the UK national biodiversity Data Archive for marine species and habitats data, accredited through the UK Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN). Through DASSH, the MBA collates marine biological data on behalf of the UK government and the devolved administrations (Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland), statutory agencies, NGO's, charities and individuals. 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.