Marine Data Management Awareness Course

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General information

Data is expensive to collect and needs to be treated as an extremely valuable corporate resource. However, history shows that a majority of organisations rarely, if ever, manage it effectively! With data volumes growing exponentially each year, 'Big Data' is now presenting a real challenge and the need to consider 'data-centric’ operational processes and workflows has never been greater.

This course introduces attendees to subjects such as the Data Life-Cycle, Data and Metadata Standards, Co-ordinate Reference Systems, Data Quality, Sharing and Publishing. The day concludes with a discussion on the challenges organisations face in achieving Data Management 'Best Practise'. If you are involved in data collection, analysis, sharing, re-use or archiving, then this course will provide you with an extremely valuable insight on the world of data because 'your data really does matter'.

Why take the course?
The course shows how effective data management can improve your organisation's efficiency in data acquisition, storage and analysis. It will ensure you understand data use with respect to corporate risk, re-use, audit and traceability whilst at the same time minimising costs.

Learning outcome:

Course Highlights and Learning
• Understanding why data management is important 
• How to get started with data management
• An overview of the data life-cycle
• Understanding standards and why they matter 
• The importance of metadata
• Controlled vocabularies and glossaries
• Coordinate Reference Systems – how can real world geospatial data be accurately represented in different ways
• The importance of data quality
• How data is published and what do we need to take into consideration when sharing and reusing it
• Interactive session based on real data challenges that you have brought to the session and find solutions to overcome them.


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0542 - Statistics", "0731 - Surveying


Venue: Institute of Marine Engineering Science and Technology HQ
London, United Kingdom

IMarEST is The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology; the international professional body and learned society for all marine professionals. IMarEST is the first Institute to bring together marine engineers, scientists and technologists into one international multi-disciplinary professional body.

IMarEST is the largest marine organisation of its kind with a worldwide membership based in over 120 countries, it is a registered charity and provides grades of membership for everyone, from those seeking to become Chartered or gain other Professional Recognition, to those just starting out in their careers or studying in education.



250 pounds for members

300 pounds for non-members


The course - delivered by data management specialists OceanWise - is aimed at those who work with marine data from its capture, processing, ingestion, re-use and curation and those seeking to discover, view, download and transform data.. It is about knowing what data you already have, where it is, how to find it and how good it is.


Academic level: Lifelong Learning
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