At the first marine knowledge expert group on 19th January 2018 the members of the group emphasised that EMODnet needed to engage actively with private sector stakeholders (e.g. via business associations) in order to identify how the European Blue Data Network (EMODnet and COPERNICUS ) could increase its usefulness to industry.
As a follow up to this recommendation, we have intensified our efforts to connect with business associations. The EMODnet for Business Brochure is now available online. As well as a preliminary data catalogue. This has to be considered a living document providing a snap shot of what EMODnet has to offer to potential users. The query tool (i.e. search on key words) is currently being upgraded to make it more users friendly as well. The EMODnet Secretariat is preparing a dedicated EMODnet for business campaign to take place in autumn 2018.
The “tour of business associations” resulted in a series of suggestions and identification of direct applications of EMODnet data as listed below.
We kindly invite the Marine Knowledge Expert Group to identify common needs and shared interest; to (dis)agree or add other priorities; indicate the usefulness as well as to inform us if any of the issues has already been solved by going somewhere else?
Finally, we invite the marine knowledge expert group to draft a set of recommendation towards a Blue Print on EMODnet for Business. The marine knowledge expert group is invited to comment and provide input on the draft text as annexed in Annex I.