The EMODnet Secretariat reports to the European Commission DG MARE and the Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (MODEG). It maintains an open exchange of information with all partners involved and informs the wider community with regular progress reports and updates on the Maritime Forum and the central EMODnet website as well as through social media.
Main tasks of the Secretariat
- Organise the EMODnet Central Portal Steering Committee
The EMODnet Secretariat convenes and chairs the EMODnet Steering Committee that serves as a platform to:
- Exchange information about progress achieved and the challenges encountered by the various EMODnet initiatives, in particular the EMODnet thematic portals;
- Guide the development of the EMODnet entry portal;
- Discuss and provide high-level decisions related to operational matters;
- streamline the interactions between the EMODnet Secretariat and portal teams;
- Discuss initiatives to improve the coherence of the EMODnet projects.
The Steering Committee consists of representatives from the seven Thematic Assembly Groups and observers from additional relevant EMODnet activities such as the Sea Basin Checkpoints.
- Support the Marine Observation and Data Expert Group (MODEG)
The Secretariat supports DG MARE in the preparation and organisation of the MODEG meetings by drafting the agenda and preparing written summaries published on the EU's Maritime Forum.
- Monitor EMODnet Portals and overall progress
The Secretariat is tasked to test the EMODnet thematic portals and central entry portal. The work includes:
- Standardising and synchronising the delivery of two-monthly reports from the thematic portals and checking the portals’ progress based on these reports;
- Testing the portals to identify weaknesses, user-friendliness, coverage of parameters, signing-In procedures, speed of delivery, data quality;
- Developing (with advice from MODEG) and implementing the use of indicators to measure progress in each portal (some of which will be part of the two-monthly reporting requirements);
- Preparing regular (every two months) short reports to be published on the EU's maritime forum summarising progress in EMODnet.
- Improve visibility and disseminate EMODnet results
With input from MODEG and in collaboration with the EMODnet projects, the Secretariat aims to strengthen the visibility and dissemination of EMODnet outputs based on an high level Communication Plan/Strategy. Key outputs will include among others the development of:
- Demonstration of EMODnet: to be presented at various meetings and also posted online;
- Two videos on EMODnet;
- EMODnet leaflet and brochure;
- Annual summary report on EMODnet progress;
- Report summarising and comparing findings from the two sea-basin checkpoints.
- Collect feedback from EMODnet users
With assistance from the various EMODnet lots, the Secretariat monitors feedback from EMODnet users and ensures that any questions or issues are addressed by the thematic assembly groups .
Inauguration of the EMODnet Secretariat Office
The office of the European Marine Observation and Data Network (EMODnet) Secretariat was formally inaugurated at the InnovOcean site in Oostende (Belgium) on Wednesday 19 February 2014. At the InnovOcean site, the EMODnet Secretariat is co-located with other influential organisations including Flanders Marine Institute, the European Marine Board and the IODE project office for IOC/UNESCO. Go to the Inauguration Page.