On 11 and 12 October 2016 during Sea Tech Week 2016, we are inviting industrial partners to a dedicated Marine Information Workshop: From publicly available resources to innovation in the blue economy. The workshop is designed for Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises developing innovative applications with the use of marine data. Those include, among others: risk forecast and prevention, information services and products for coastal tourism, offshore siting and operations, design and optimization of infrastructure for the off-shore sector, as well as services required for the European Union directives such as the Marine Strategy Framework Directive and the Marine Spatial Planning Directive.
Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises can take advantage of the public marine data resources and generate value delivering specific services for their customers. The European Commission recognises the Blue Growth opportunities offered by the wealth of publicly-funded marine observation and data initiatives. To this end, the European Union have supported the establishment of several valuable marine data portals, freely providing marine data on a wide range of parameters as well as a range of data products (e.g. maps) covering all European maritime regions. However, a gap exists between what is available in those open marine data portals and what maritime users need in terms of types of data and data products.
The SeaTech Marine Information Workshop for Industry will facilitate a dialogue between two communities that do not traditionally come together, the European marine data and observation community – working to generate, aggregate and disseminate marine data – and the companies who can capitalize on these efforts to create value-added products and services. The workshop is co-organized by EuroGOOS and EMODnet, in collaboration with Plocan, SmartBay Ireland, and Marine South East, within the activities of the European Union H2020 COLUMBUS project, and will be held as part of ‘A Connected Ocean‘ conference.
The workshop will start on 11 October at 14:00 with a plenary session held jointly with A Connected Ocean conference, and continue on 12 October until 13:00 as a separate breakout session. Programme and registration information are available on EuroGOOS website.