MEDIN workshops



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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). 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 are pleased to announce the new virtual workshop taking place this year titled 'Marine Data Management, Governance and the MEDIN toolset'. For more information click here »

Please note that 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 workshop.


Date Location Register for workshop
19th of April – 23rd of April 2021 Virtual at OceanTeacher Global Academy



If the workshop you wish to attend has been fully booked, please contact Roseanna Wright, Workshop Co-ordinator, and supply your preferred workshop location and date. 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

"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.


Workshop schedule

Welcome and outline of the day Talk and group introductions
An introduction to MEDIN Talk
An overview of controlled vocabularies Talk and practical
Introduction to the MEDIN Discovery Metadata Standard Talk
Interactive session on Discovery Metadata Standard Practical


Introduction to the MEDIN Data Guidelines Talk
Interactive session on the MEDIN Data Guidelines Practical
Wrap up Group discussion and feedback


MEDIN Workshop Presentations

MEDIN welcome  Download 
Introduction to MEDIN  Download
Controlled Vocabularies  Download
Introduction to MEDIN Metadata  Download
MEDIN Data Guidelines  Download
Wrap-Up  Download

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