Linking maritime surveillance data



This report describes the outcome of the pilot on Linked maritime surveillance data which was carried out in the context of Action 1.1 of the Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations (ISA) Programme in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) in the period between February 2013 and July 2013. 



The pilot can be accessed at:


This work, which was led by Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE), integrated data coming from agencies throughout the European Union, namely DG MARE the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and the Spanish Armada (ARMADA).


The pilot has demonstrated the technical feasibility of the following aspects:

  • Common data models and taxonomies, such as the maritime ontologies and taxonomy, are required for homogenising maritime data that originates from disparate organisations and systems;
  • Such common data models and taxonomies should not be re-invented. Organisations need to reuse existing models. In case agreement on common models and taxonomies needs to be reached, a formal consensus building process and methodology should be followed, such as the one developed by the ISA Programme;
  • Real-world objects, such as products, companies, substances etc., should be assigned unique shared persistent identifiers in the form of HTTP URIs;
  • A linked data infrastructure can provide access to homogenised, integrated, and enriched maritime data using standard Web-based interfaces (such as HTTP and SPARQL) and Web-based languages (such as XHTML, RDF+XML), on top of existing relational maritime databases and existing file-based maritime datasets.
  • The use of standard Web interfaces (such as HTTP and SPARQL) can simplify the use of maritime data for machines.
  • Linked Data is high-quality data. 


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Nature of documentation: Technical report


Type of document
ISA Open Metadata Licence v1.1
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