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Big Marine Data

The Big Marine Data project aims to address the current lack of collated and integrated data to effectively inform safety and risk at the coast and in inshore waters.

BLUE is working closely with the University of Southampton, Plymouth Marine Laboratories and OceanWise Ltd on a ground-breaking project to address the current lack of collated and integrated data to effectively inform safety and risk at the coast and in inshore waters.

Lloyd’s Register Foundation funded Big Marine Data project aims to inform the management of risk and response in inshore and coastal waters through the use of “Big Data” methodologies. The project is fundamentally addressing a number of gaps in the management and use of marine incident data; and how these data may be put to use in the best possible way to reduce the number of fatalities in line with the strategic targets of marine safety organisations such as the RNLI. Put simply, providing data and information to help save lives and property at sea.

The approaches to turn “raw” marine incident data into useful risk management information are wide and diverse. A key deliverable of the project has been to produce a marine data “observatory” that can host prototype applications to inform the level of risk as well as having the capability to consume data in a real-time environment.

In order to keep up with the rapidly changing nature of data management, we are developing models to enable the observatory to continue, in a financially sustainable way, beyond the funded period of the project.

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