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). 

In-person workshops are one day long, and due to the modular nature of the course, prospective attendees can choose to attend the full day, or either the morning or afternoon, depending on individual requirements (see in-person workshop schedule for further details). 

Virtual workshops are hosted on OceanTeacher Global Academy and are run over five days with interactive discussion sessions and presentations in the mornings and independent study in the afternoons, depending on individual requirements. See the virtual workshop schedule for further details. 





MEDIN are pleased to announce the new virtual workshops taking place are 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 Enrolment Key
 8-12th August 2022  Online - OceanTeacher Global Academy 

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 14-18th November 2022    Online - OceanTeacher Global Academy 

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 20-24th February 2023  Online - OceanTeacher Global Academy 

 to be confirmed... 



If the workshop you wish to attend has been fully booked, please contact Roseanna Wright, Workshop Co-ordinator. 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.


In-person 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

Virtual workshop schedule

Day Time Session
Day 1  AM Course content and objectives
Introduction to MEDIN as an exemplar data partnership and management framework
Data management overview, principles and organisation
Data in a Business Management Framework (Policy, Planning, Review)
Standards Overview
PM Independent study - read chapters available on OceanTeacher, complete survey and quizzes etc. 
Day 2  AM Data management components frameworks and infrastructure
DAMA DM-BOK (aka 'Wheel')
The Data Life Cycle
Controlled Vocabularies
Coordinate Reference Systems
PM Independent study - read chapers available on OceanTeacher, complete survey and quizzes etc.
Controlled vocabularies assignment
Day 3 AM Controlled vocabularies assignment recap and Q&A
Data Quality
MEDIN Data Guidelines
PM Independent study - read chapters available on OceanTeacher, complete survey and quizzes etc.
MEDIN data guideline practical
Day 4 AM Data guidelines practical recap and Q&A
MEDIN Discovery Metadata
PM Independent study - read chapters available on OceanTeacher, complete survey and quizzes etc/ 
MEDIN Discovery Metadata practical
Day 5 AM MEDIN Discovery Metadata practical recap and Q&A
Data sharing and publishing
Course Summary
End of course

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