EDMED is a comprehensive reference to the marine data sets and collections held within European research laboratories, so as to provide marine scientists, engineers and policy makers with a simple mechanism for their identification. It covers a wide range of disciplines including marine meteorology; physical, chemical and biological oceanography; sedimentology; marine biology and fisheries; environmental quality; coastal and estuarine studies; marine geology and geophysics; etc. Data sets are described in EDMED irrespective of their format (e.g. digital databases or files, analogue records, paper charts, hard-copy tabulations, photographs and videos, geological samples, biological specimens etc). Currently, EDMED describes more than 4.000 data sets, held at over 700 Data Holding Centres across Europe.
The query interface enables to search by a set of criteria, including a geographical box. The selected data set references are listed with the country flag of the data holding organisation. Clicking on the display icon retrieves the full data set description.