Find the relevant Data Archive Centre to deposit the data
Use the list below to find your datatype, and thus the right place for your data. It is important that the data are found the right home. Find more information about the MEDIN Data Archive Centres. If you are unsure of the appropriate Data Archive Centre for your data submission or if your dataset covers data submission to multiple DACs (multidisciplinary dataset), please email email@example.com for some advice.
The British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC) has been accredited as MEDIN Data Archive Centre for water column oceanographic data.
This data type is archived by BODC (British Oceanographic Data Centre) who accept marine data including biological, chemical, physical, geophysical, imagery and model runs. The BODC will provide a range of services that vary depending on funding, service, size, quality and data type. Depending on the funding route, services which may be free include archival, discovery metadata creation, DOI publication, vocabulary creation and guidance. There may at times be a cost depending on the individual requirements. Additional services can include integration of data into research infrastructures. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit this data type or make a related enquiry.
This data type is archived by the British Geological Survey (BGS) who accept seabed and sub-seabed geological and geophysical data including seabed sample data from grabs and cores, shallow seismic, backscatter, sidescan sonar, physical materials (cores and samples), and geological maps. See the and MEDIN page for more information. BGS will provide the following services for free: ingestion, archival and dissemination of datasets (as received). Submit data through the NGDC Data Deposit portal (select MEDIN from the list of data sources). Large or recurrent data deposits and other services may have a cost incurred; please enquire for an exact costing. To make an enquiry please contact email@example.com
This data type is archived by DASSH (The UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data) and includes marine species and habitats data collected under most survey types. DASSH will archive, disseminate, and create DOI and Discovery Metadata free of charge provided that the data are provided in MEDIN Guideline format. DASSH can digitize a data set into MEDIN Guideline format for a cost, please enquire for exact quote. To submit data to DASSH or make enquiry please email firstname.lastname@example.org
The Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (Cefas) and Marine Scotland Directorate of the Scottish Government have been accredited as a combined MEDIN Data Archive Centre for fish, shellfish, fisheries and related samples data. 3rd party data, including that of the Inshore Fisheries and Conservation Authorities (IFCAs) is managed by DASSH. This combined data archive centre is called FishDAC.
Marine Directorate of the Scottish Government
The Marine Directorate of the Scottish Government can accept fisheries data from Scottish organizations or covering predominantly Scottish waters. Please email email@example.com for more information on data submission.
DASSH (The UK Archive for Marine Species and Habitats Data) can accept UK fisheries data. DASSH will archive, disseminate, and create DOI and Discovery Metadata free of charge provided that the data are provided in MEDIN Guideline format (see https://medin.org.uk/data-standards/medin-data-guidelines. DASSH can digitize a data set into MEDIN Guideline format for a cost, please enquire for exact quote. To submit data to DASSH or make enquiry please email firstname.lastname@example.org
CEFAS although part of the FishDAC does not accept data submissions externally
The Archaeology Data Service (ADS), Historic Environment Scotland (HES) and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) have been accredited as MEDIN Data Archive Centre for marine historic environment data.
Archaeology Data Service (ADS)
Archaeology Data Service (ADS) can accept Historic environment data subject to their collections policy (see) which may incur a cost to the data provider. Small to medium datasets of up to 1000 files of common can be deposited with ADS via ADS-easy (https://archaeologydataservice.ac.uk/easy/. For datasets over 1000 files, please contact ADS directly. ADS will assist with metadata requirements, download/impact statistics and metadata sharing (machine based) free of charge. Data is accepted in a variety of formats, please see
Historic Environment Scotland (HES)
Historic Environment Scotland (HES) can only accept data from within the scope of collection HES Archives: Digital Repository Management Policies (2020, 5): https://www.historicenvironment.scot/archives-and-research/publications…. HES will provide deposition and accession of archive and publication of compliant archive items free of charge as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment (), other services may have a cost incurred, please enquire for an exact costing. Please see guidance on how to submit data:
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW)
Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW) can accept Welsh historic environment data of the flowing types: photographs, maps image, Datasets, Reports, shipwrecks, Maritime recording datasets and Archaeological surveys. RCAHMW will archive compliant data free of charge, but other services may have a cost incurred, please enquire for exact quote. Please email email@example.com to submit data or make a related enquiry.
This data type is accepted by the Met Office. The Met Office will archive, quality control, ingest and disseminate (within certain constraints - defined by the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO)) meteorological data. This may be free although the Met Office may quote a cost for accessioning the data depending on the volume, type, media and quality of the data. The Met Office will accept meteorological data from ships, buoys, light vessels, coastal systems, rigs/platforms in plain text format defined in the WMO manual of codes. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit data or a related enquiry.
This data type is accepted by the UK Hydrographic Office (UKHO). Please supply as much metadata as possible with the survey data but, as a minimum, we need to know the horizontal datum (e.g. WGS84), vertical datum (e.g. Chart Datum) and whether the data is gridded or is true position. The UKHO intends to make data available under the Open Government License whereby it is able to be used for any purpose without charge. If you, as a data supplier, do not want your data to be released under these conditions please make this clear when supplying it. All data received will be assessed by UKHO against the relevant navigational products and services and may be used to update them. This is regardless of any other conditions that may be imposed upon data use by the supplier. UKHO will archive compliant data for free, but other services may have a cost incurred. If you do not want the data used to check the correctness of the Admiralty chart then please do not supply the data. Please email email@example.com to submit bathymetry data for archive or make a related enquiry.
Make sure the data meets the MEDIN data standards
MEDIN promotes the use of standardised field names and controlled vocabularies so that data sets are described in a consistent way for every type of marine data.
Complete the MEDIN Data Deposit Form
Fill in the MEDIN Data Deposit Form and return it to the relevant DAC.
What to do if you have data for more than one DAC?
If you have data for more than one DAC, please complete the MEDIN Data Deposit Form and return it to the metadata helpdesk. The metadata helpdesk will advise which DACs are appropriate for your data and assist in the process.
If you are unsure about anything contact the MEDIN Metadata Helpdesk
The MEDIN Helpdesk is situated at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth, United Kingdom and will help with all metadata related queries.
MEDIN is committed to making data open, where possible, and recommends that an open licence such as Open Government Licence (OGL) or Creative Commons (CC) is used for data made available through the MEDIN portal.
Indeed, much of the data held at the DACs is available under an open licence, allowing reuse free of any restrictions. Bespoke licences are also used in some cases, for data that have specific restrictions. The type of licence used depends on the origin of the data and type of reuse that is allowed.