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ID Preferred Label Definition Date
ADMT Argo Data Management Team Governance for vocabularies used in the Argo data system, published and maintained by the Argo Data Management Team (ADMT) and hosted on the NERC Vocabulary Server. 2019-10-03
PURE BGS Probability, Uncertainty and Risk in the Environment project management Governance for vocabularies used to support drop-down lists in the BGS PURE portal and its metadata input tools. 2015-08-19
HELCOM Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission Governance for vocabularies and list of terms published and maintained by HELCOM (Baltic Marine Environment Protection Commission - Helsinki Commission) and hosted on the NERC Vocabulary Server. HELCOM is the governing body of the Convention on the Protection of the Marine Environment of the Baltic Sea Area, known as the Helsinki Convention. The Contracting Parties are Denmark, Estonia, the European Union, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Russia and Sweden. 2018-11-20
BA Bonn Agreement A group of European countries plus the European Commission who work together to monitor pollution incidents at sea and combat marine pollution incidents. 2009-09-28
BODC British Oceanographic Data Centre Governance for vocabularies used within the data centre 2015-06-01
CEDRE Centre de documentation de recherche et d'expérimentations sur les pollutions accidentelles des eaux French national organisation for documentation, research and experimentation on pollutants, their effects and the response means and tools that can be used to combat them. It is charged with providing advice and expertise to the authorities responsible for responding to accidental pollution. 2012-07-20
CF Climate and Forecast Standard Names Committee Formal vocabulary specialist group within the governance of the Climate and Forecast Community Metadata Standard. 2010-08-10
CMRC Coastal and Marine resources Centre Unit within University College Cork in Ireland involved in several geospatially-related projects and responsible for several products, including the Marine Irish Data Atlas (MIDA) 2015-06-01
EMODCHEM EMODNet Chemistry Lot A European project consortium aimed at the creation of data products using chemical data amassed through SeaDataNet. The governance is loosely defined as the scientific expertise within the consortium with no formal processes defined. 2014-01-28
EC European Commission Governance for vocabularies used in INSPIRE spatial data infrastructure metadata 2009-07-29
EEA European Environment Agency Governance for vocabularies used in EEA data 2010-02-18
GEOSEA Geo-Seas Governance for vocabularies used in the EU Geo-Seas project implemented as consultation between BODC and a designated group of Geo-Seas project paticipants 2010-09-16
GCMD Global Change Master Directory NASA environmental discovery metadata development and portal management group. 2010-08-10
ICAN International Coastal Atlas Network International federation of coastal web atlases. Governance implemented through the Technical team. 2012-02-01
ICES International Council for the Exploration of the Sea International organisation with a mission to advance the scientific capacity to give advice on human activities affecting, and affected by, marine ecosystems. Secretariat is located in Copenhagen. 2010-08-10
IHO International Hydrographic Organisation Intergovernmental organisation formed to advance navigational safety and the protection of the marine environment. Its secretariat is the International Hydrographic Bureau (IHB) based in Monaco. 2010-08-10
IOC International Oceanographic Commission Governance for vocabularies used by the International Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO for the international exchange of oceanographic and ocean biodiversity data and information. 2016-02-23
ISO International Organization for Standardization International governance for standards covering many domains within science and beyond. 2010-08-10
JNCC Joint Nature Conservation Committee A public body that advises the UK Government and devolved administrations on UK-wide and international nature conservation. 2018-01-15
MSG MEDIN Standards Group Governance for vocabularies used in MEDIN data and metadata documents 2009-07-29
MFR METEO FRANCE Governance for vocabularies used in services and products provided by the French national weather forecasting and meteorology organisation. 2012-07-20
FCMVOC Marine Flow Cytometry Vocabulary Governance An international group of flow cytometry experts managing the governance of terms used to harmonise flow cytometry data in the marine domain. 2022-11-07
MPG Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior Governance for vocabularies used in the Movebank database ( and hosted on the NERC Vocabulary Server. 2019-10-03
NETMAR NETMAR Ontology Governance Group A body established by the European Union Framework 7 NETMAR project for content management of semantic resources used in the project. 2011-11-11
NASA National Aeronautics and Space Administration The United States government agency responsible for science and technology related to air and space. See for further details. 2016-01-06
NERC Natural Environment Research Council Governance for vocabularies used for cross-centre information infrastructure in NERC. Current (2011) manifestation is the NERC SIS metadata subgroup 2011-04-12
SB2030 Nippon Foundation-GEBCO Seabed 2030 Project Team Governance for the definition of terms used to define the GEBCO source Data Type Identifier (TID) codes. 2019-10-31
ODATIS ODATIS vocabulary governance Governance for vocabularies used in the ODATIS Ocean Data and Services Cluster of the French Data Terra Research Infrastructure and hosted on the NVS. 2021-12-12
OSPAR OSPAR Commission Governance for vocabularies and list of terms published and maintained by the OSPAR Commission, an intergovernmental organisation of 15 governments and the European Union who have agreed to cooperate to protect the marine environment of the North-East Atlantic. 2018-07-12
OBIS Ocean Biogeographic Information System Governance for vocabularies created and maintained by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System. 2016-09-14
OGDMTT OceanGliders Data Management Task Team An international team set up to co-ordinate and harmonise glider data management on a global scale. 2022-10-12
OCMP Oregon State Coastal Management Program State government authority for the Oregon Coastal Atlas. 2011-08-15
POGO Partnership for Observation of the Global Oceans International collaboration of the senior management of oceanographic research organisations worldwide. 2010-08-10
RAMSAR Ramsar Convention on Wetlands vocabulary governance Governance for vocabularies associated with the Ramsar Classification System for Wetland Type. 2022-08-15
SDN SeaDataNet Governance for vocabularies used in the EU SeaDataNet project implemented as consultation between BODC and the members of the SeaDataNet Technical Task Team 2010-02-18
SVX SeaDataNet and MarineXML Vocabulary Content Governance Group Group set up under the joint auspices of the SeaDataNet project and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission MarineXML Steering Group for controlled vocabulary governance in the marine domain 2010-08-10
SWE Sensor Web Enablement Marine Profiles Governance for vocabularies created for use in SWE Marine Profiles. 2016-07-20
SIS Systèmes d'Informations Scientifiques pour la Mer The French national oceanographic data centre responsible for vocabularies used within IFREMER 2014-03-25
TCE The Crown Estate Authority for controlled vocabularies used in relation to the property portfolio owned by the Crown. Authority delegated under the auspices of The Crown Estate Commissioners 2012-02-14
PDC UK Polar Data Centre Governance for vocabularies used within British Antarctic Survey and in UK Polar Data Centre metadata catalogue. 2020-04-23
WCA University of Wisconsin Sea Grant Institute University institute responsible for the management of the Wisconsin Coastal Atlas 2013-06-18
WMO World Meteorological Organisation Governance for vocabularies used in the international exchange of meteorological and metocean data between national meteorological organisations 2009-09-28