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MEDIN holds free training workshops periodically throughout the year to improve the uptake, knowledge and use of MEDIN Data Guidelines and the MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard (and associated tools). Presentations from MEDIN workshops can be viewed in the archive

Workshops will be modular, concentrating the Discovery Metadata Standard in the morning and specific Data Guidelines in the afternoon. This means prospective attendees can choose to attend the full day, or either the morning or afternoon, depending on individual requirements (see schedule for further details). 


MEDIN holds free workshops periodically throughout the year to improve the uptake, knowledge and use of MEDIN Data Guidelines and the MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard (and associated tools).

In-person workshops are one to two days long, and due to the modular nature of the course, prospective attendees can choose to attend the both days, or either the morning or afternoon sessions, depending on individual requirements (see in-person workshop schedule for further details). 


Virtual workshops are hosted on OceanTeacher Global Academy and are run over five days with interactive discussion sessions and presentations in the mornings and independent study in the afternoons, depending on individual requirements. See the virtual workshop schedule for further details. 


MEDIN are pleased to announce the new virtual workshops taking place are titled Marine Data Management, Governance and the MEDIN toolset.

Please note that in person workshop spaces are limited. In order to ensure the widest possible transfer of knowledge from MEDIN to the marine community, MEDIN ask that organisations limit themselves to two attendees per in person workshop, but there is no limit for online workshops.

DateLocationRegister for workshopEnrolment Key
13-17th November 2023 Online - OceanTeacher Global Academy


If the workshop you wish to attend has been fully booked, please contact MEDIN., Workshop Co-ordinator. If any spaces become free, MEDIN will add you to the attendees list.

If your organisation has a requirement for a large number of your staff to become familiar with MEDIN Data Guidelines and/or the Discovery Metadata Standard, please get in touch as MEDIN may be able to run tailored workshops.

Feedback from previous workshops

You said:We did:
An example of a completed guideline would help with the guideline practical.Added a download link to a completed data guideline to the MEDIN guidelines webpage.
We would like an example of a good discovery metadata record within the online tool to help with the discovery metadata practical.Added a ‘good’ example discovery metadata record to the online metadata editor.
Thorough walkthroughs of the guidelines/discovery metadata editor before setting the assignments would be helpful.Added extra walk-throughs to the schedule prior to setting assignments, in addition to walk-through of answers to give attendees plenty of time to ask questions and make sure everything is clear and understood.
Presentations were often rushed.Updated the schedule to allow more realistic time slots for the presentations as well as extra time between presentations for questions and comfort breaks.
I would like more links or references to external and downloadable material for further reading. Especially in relation to data management best practices i.e. FAIR principles.Added a useful links/additional reading list.
There is a lack of natural networking opportunities and stilted discussion through online interface.Added a dedicated networking session at the start of the online course to allow participants to get to know each other and feel more comfortable interacting through the online conferencing software. Also added drop-in/discussion sessions each afternoon to allow for more interaction and potential to work through assignments in small groups.

Highlights importance of data management and organisation, whilst being full of enjoyable practical exercises.

Practical very useful and clear instructions.

I had some specific questions which were answered very well and found it a very useful day.

Information was clear and well presented.

Very helpful.

Very good mix, with regular practicals to keep you engaged.

MEDIN workshop

The workshop consists of a series of talks, demonstrations and a large practical element to help users become familiar with:

MEDIN Data Guidelines

These are guidance from MEDIN on what information should be stored alongside your data to ensure others can use your data with confidence. All data being supplied to a MEDIN Data Archive Centre (DAC) should follow the relevant MEDIN Data Guidelines. Data suppliers are increasingly being asked to use these guidelines as a structure to follow when transferring data to another organisation. Please be aware that Data Guidelines are not instructions from MEDIN on how to collect data.

The MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard

Discovery metadata is information about your dataset that allows someone else to quickly understand where and when your dataset was collected and what type of data is available. MEDIN provides tools to record this type of metadata and make it computer readable so that your metadata can be "discovered" using internet search portals. The MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard adheres to UK (GEMINI) and European Union (INSPIRE) metadata requirements.

Controlled vocabularies

These are lists of defined terms that can be used to describe datasets in a consistent way. MEDIN uses them in the Discovery Metadata Standard and in their Data Guidelines.

Tools to create and validate MEDIN discovery metadata

The workshop gives hands on experience of using several different tools to create MEDIN compliant discovery metadata. These include an online metadata editor, Metadata Maestro and a transformation tool for GIS users.

In-person workshop schedule

Welcome and outline of the dayTalk and group introductions
An introduction to MEDINTalk
An overview of controlled vocabulariesTalk and practical
Introduction to the MEDIN Discovery Metadata StandardTalk
Interactive session on Discovery Metadata StandardPractical


Introduction to the MEDIN Data GuidelinesTalk
Interactive session on the MEDIN Data GuidelinesPractical
Wrap upGroup discussion and feedback

Virtual workshop schedule

Day 1 AMCourse content and objectives
Introduction to MEDIN as an exemplar data partnership and management framework
Data management overview, principles and organisation
Data in a Business Management Framework (Policy, Planning, Review)
Standards Overview
PMIndependent study - read chapters available on OceanTeacher, complete survey and quizzes etc. 
Day 2 AMData management components frameworks and infrastructure
DAMA DM-BOK (aka 'Wheel')
The Data Life Cycle
Controlled Vocabularies
Coordinate Reference Systems
PMIndependent study - read chapers available on OceanTeacher, complete survey and quizzes etc.
Controlled vocabularies assignment
Day 3AMControlled vocabularies assignment recap and Q&A
Data Quality
MEDIN Data Guidelines
PMIndependent study - read chapters available on OceanTeacher, complete survey and quizzes etc.
MEDIN data guideline practical
Day 4AMData guidelines practical recap and Q&A
MEDIN Discovery Metadata
PMIndependent study - read chapters available on OceanTeacher, complete survey and quizzes etc/ 
MEDIN Discovery Metadata practical
Day 5AMMEDIN Discovery Metadata practical recap and Q&A
Data sharing and publishing
Course Summary

End of course

MEDIN Workshop Presentations

MEDIN welcomeDownload 
Introduction to MEDINDownload
Controlled VocabulariesDownload
Introduction to MEDIN MetadataDownload
MEDIN Data GuidelinesDownload

If you require any information about previous workshops that aren't available for download please contact MEDIN Enquiries