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Pilot marine spatial plan for Dorset
DERC have been busy assisting C-SCoPE and Dorset Wildlife Trust with collating
marine information to inform the pilot marine spatial plan for Dorset.
The latest datasets to be entered include those from the Dorset Seasearch,
2007-2009. Over the past couple of years Dorset Seasearch has been really focused
on filling in the gaps in our knowledge of the subtidal environment and specifically
in those areas where there may be Biodiversity Action Plan species or habitats.
In conjunction with the Dorset Integrated Seabed Study, a large amount of data
from the intertidal zones has been collected over the past year. This data includes
biotope maps, species information and a catalogue of photos from Swanage to Portland
Bill. It is currently all being digitised and entered onto the marine database.
Ultimately this data will available for use by students, planners, consultants and
Information about the data we hold is called metadata and it is by searching
metadata that those interested in our database can see if we have the sort of
information they want. To streamline the types of marine metadata held across
the UK, the Marine Life Information Network (MarLIN) have created guidelines
for data providers to follow when creating and cataloguing their data. Metadata
from different providers can then be held in a database by MarLIN. At DERC we are
aiming to adopt these standards in the coming months and make our catalogue more
available to a wider range of people via MarLIN.