Data e-infrastructure for fisheries management and conservation of marine living resources
The Data e-Infrastructure Initiative for Fisheries Management and Conservation of Marine Living Resources (iMarine) is an open and collaborative initiative aimed at supporting the implementation of the Ecosystem Approach to fisheries management and the conservation of living marine resources.
iMarine was co-funded by the European Commission, DG Connect Unit, under Framework Programme 7 and involved 13 international partners. The project was launched in November 2011 and ended in April 2014. The ultimate goal of iMarine was to contribute to sustainable environmental management with invaluable direct or indirect benefits to the future of our planet, from climate change mitigation and marine biodiversity loss containment to poverty alleviation and disaster risk reduction.
iMarine provides an e-infrastructure that facilitates open access and the sharing of a multitude of data, collaborative analysis, processing and mining processing, as well as the publication and dissemination of newly generated knowledge. This is a complex process because it requires coordination with many actors and initiatives across different scientific and operational domains. It is also important to tackle data heterogeneity while relying on a multitude of resources and technologies, some of which are not yet ripe or powerful enough to meet the given requirements.