The archive for marine species and habitats data

The Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data (DASSH)

Submit Data

DASSH can accommodate a wide range of electronic data types and file formats, and data can be submitting by post (on suitable media), by email or by File Transfer Protocol (FTP).


Data Policy

DASSH is part of the UK's network of marine data archive centres, and works in collaboration with MEDIN. DASSH aims to safeguard marine benthic survey data (past and future) and to make that data available as a national information resource


Data Management

DASSH manages data in a secure environment with a range of procedures in place to secure information from damage and unauthorised access and ensure that data quality and integrity is preserved.


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 species and habitats data, within the UK and internationally.

DASSH is a flagship initiative of the Marine Biological Association (MBA), and builds on the MBA's historic role in marine science. Through partnerships with other UK and European data centres DASSH contributes to data portals including the Atlas of Living Scotland, the UK National Biodiversity Network, EMODnet, EurOBIS and GBIF.