Category Archives: Open-access databases

SOWFIA Data Management Platform

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Besides hosting data, OpenORE will collect open-access databases and open-source software projects on offshore-renewable energy into one well-designed searchable and browsable site. You would be surprised at how many projects exist!

The SOWFIA (Streamlining of Ocean Wave Farm Impact Assessment) Data Management Platform presents a vast amount of environmental and social data collected by the SOWFIA consortium for 6 wave energy test centres across Europe. It is really a fantastic collection of information and the data management platform is well designed, straight-forward to use, and makes the data very accessible to non-scientists.

More info on the SOWFIA project can be found at: www.sowfia.eu

And the SOWFIA Data Management Platform is found at: sowfia.hidromod.com

Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange

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The UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) has developed a Marine Renewable Energy Knowledge Exchange Programme that provides a wealth of valuable and well-organized information. On the existing (and ever-developing) programme portal, you will find:

  • An events calendar, which relays information on marine renewable energy events.
  • A funding page that highlights all funding opportunities that could be relevant to people in the sector. When new items are added, alerts will be tweeted, so follow @MREKEP on Twitter. The programme can also directly fund certain small projects and internships.
  • Literature – papers, reports and more. There is a huge library of links – it is searchable and growing! Anyone can submit entries to be added to this collection by e-mailing mrekep@nerc.ac.uk
  • Images – It can be tough to source relevant pictures for work such as web content. The site is working to build up a collection that anyone can use as long as they credit the photographer. Feel free to add to it.
  • Research – There is also the beginning of a database of ongoing research in the field.

The NERC MREKEP portal is really excellent. Take a minute to check out the site:

www.mrekep.net