Aims and objectives
The Marine Biological Association (MBA) is the The Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data (DASSH) with funding from Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) and Scottish Government.
DASSH is built on the existing extensive data and dissemination skills of the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) alongside the library skills experience of the National Marine Biological Library (NMBL) and the MBA's historical role in marine science. DASSH safeguards marine biodiversity survey data (past and future) and make that data available as a national information resource to support marine science and better stewardship of the marine environment.
DASSH has the following objectives:
- provide a digital archive for marine biodiversity survey datasets of both species and habitats;
- provide a digital repository for marine biodiversity images and video, ROV image data and side-scan sonar image data;
- provide facilities to transfer biodiversity survey data from a variety of sources and formats into a standard format, and progress the data to the DASSH archive and the National Biodiversity Network (NBN);
- provide access to datasets via an on-line catalogue of both metadata and data via the DASSH Web site and the NBN;
- work in collaboration with the Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (MEDIN) and existing marine Data Archive Centres (mDACs) to develop and comply with national metadata and data standards;
- collaborate with international biological data portals including the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), and
- provide a 'National' data archive or repository for marine biodiversity datasets.
For further information please contact:
Dan Lear (DASSH Project Co-ordinator),
Marine Biological Association of the UK,
The Laboratory, Citadel Hill, Plymouth, PL1 2PB.
Tel: 01752 633291 / Fax: 01752 633102 / Email: firstname.lastname@example.org