Marine Environmental Data Inventory (MEDI)
The Marine Environmental Data Inventory (MEDI) is a directory system for datasets, data catalogues and data inventories within the framework of the IOC's International Oceanographic Data and Information Exchange (IODE) programme. It has been set up to ensure the widest possible coverage of data holdings and included a review of existing national and international data directory systems as well as implications of inter-operability with similar systems within other international organizations. The development of MEDI was recommended in 1971 by the Joint Task Team on Interdisciplinary and Inter-organizational Data and Information Management and Referral (IMAR). The MEDI Catalogue was published in 1979 (1st Edition, IOC Manuals and Guides No. 10), 1985 (2nd Edition, IOC Manuals and Guides No. 16) and 1993 (3rd Edition, IOC Manuals and Guides No. 16). The IODE Committee, during its Fifteenth Session recommended (Recommendation IODE-XV.1) that a Pilot Project be undertaken to: ‘Test the ways and means of applying modern methodology to the further development of the MEDI system and, on the basis of these investigations, to draft a specification for a revised MEDI’. The Sixteenth Session of the IODE Committee recommende(Recommendation IODE-XVI.1) MEDI becomes a permanent program of IODE. A Steering Group was established tasked with the responsibility for the further development and enhancement of the MEDI software tool, in response to user feedback and additional requirements.