For archiving, describing and safeguarding datasets in a central system, this Portal is linked to the Marine Data Archive (MDA) :
- an online system specifically developed for scientists, research groups and project partners.
- it archives data files in a fully documented way in an external archive.
- each file in the Archive is saved together with its metadata (data on the data), describing the content of the file.
This can answer the five principle questions in science : what?, where?, when?, who?, how?.
- at least three copies of each file are saved on different physical locations.
There is a MDA quality mark that describes the 'Data Repository quality criteria' and 'terms and conditions of use' of the MDA.
This section of the website explains how to make use of the MDA. For more detailed information, you can always consult the manual