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About NVS

The NVS technical and content governance is coordinated by a small team of data and semantic technology specialists at the National Oceanography Centre - British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC).

Contact us

You can contact us via our group mail address ( or via our GitHub repositories

Enquiries regarding the NERC Vocabulary Server and associated services can also be made via BODC's main contact points:


Unless otherwise specified, the content of the NVS and of these webpages is licensed under CC BY 4.0 (legal code).


The NVS as a whole should be attributed as follows:

The NERC Vocabulary Server (NVS), National Oceanography Centre - British Oceanographic Data Centre (BODC),

If referring to specific collection(s), then the title of the collection, its URI, and the creator of the collection should also be acknowledged. Example:

SeaVoX Device Catalogue (, SeaDataNet and MarineXML Vocabulary Content Governance Group (British Oceanographic Data Centre YYYY)

Where YYYY is the year the NVS content or services were accessed. If appropriate, please also quote the collection's version number.


Please cite us as follows:

British Oceanographic Data Centre (YYYY). The NERC Vocabulary Server, Natural Environment Research Council,

If citing a specific collection, then use the following syntax: [creator], year [from the date], [title] [versionInfo]. [publisher]. [url] accessed on [access date].

For example:

Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior (2019) Movebank Attribute Dictionary, version 2. Natural Environment Research Council. accessed on 24 April 2020.

Key publications

Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. 2019. Ocean Data Standards, Vol.4: Technology for SeaDataNet Controlled Vocabularies for describing Marine and Oceanographic Datasets - A joint Proposal by SeaDataNet and ODIP projects. Ostend, IODE/UNESCO. (IOC Manuals and Guides, 54, Vol. 4.) 31 pp. (IOC/2019/MG/54 Vol.4).

Leadbetter, Adam M. ; Lowry, Roy K. ; Clements, D. Oliver. 2014. Putting meaning into NETMAR - the open service network for marine environmental data. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF DIGITAL EARTH, Volume 7 Issue 10 Page 811-828