In SeaDataNet, there are two kinds of account:

*For partners of SeaDataNet, SeaDataNet 2 and Geo-Seas projects: for the sake of simplicity, in 2016, your marine-id account has been created automatically using your Extranet connection parameters (same login, same password). It means that you have now two different accounts (one Marine-Id and one Extranet) with the same login and the same password. Note that if you change (or have changed) your Marine-Id password, the Extranet password will not be changed (or has not changed) and vice versa (so, you can have two different passwords).

Yes, the registration is mandatory: users must register once in order to get a personal login-password. Please follow this link to register:


and click on "Register as SeaDataNet user".

The registration facilitates the access decision process:

  • each user gets a SeaDataNet role;
  • while each CDI record has a “Data access restriction” label;
  • The combination of role and access label determines ‘Access OK’, ‘Access to be discussed‘ or ‘Access denied’ to the data.

You have a Marine ID identifier but you have not accepted SeaDataNet license agreement.

Please go to the SeaDataNet data portal and proceed to the following steps:

Data selection:

  • Click on the left side image (CDI Search).
  • Enter your selection criteria which could be a cruise name (field Free Search), a geographic area drawn or manually input, a type of instrument...  ('?' give an on-line help on all criteria and clicking on Help (left side of the map) gives a detailed description of the portal use.
  • Click on Search under the map to run your data request

Result of your search:

The result of your search will show-up after a while (depending on your criteria for selection)

  • Summary gives a synthetic view of your search result, you can then work on a sub- part of the full selection from this summary.
  • If your search gives more than 20 records, you can change the number of records per page by checking 100 or 1000 and then Go (right side of the map).
  • To select the data that you want to download check the left box in the table of results  To select all records of the page check the top left  box)
  • Then click on Add to basket
  • Do the same on all pages with data that you want to download
  • When your selection is OK (Maximum 10 000 records per basket), click on Basket to proceed to data download.

Data download:

  • Click on Submit request list Give your login/password (For the 1st downloading, you need to fulfill a registration form to get a login/Password)
  • Give a short description on data usage
  • If several data formats are available, you can choose the format you need by checking that this format is defined for the data that you need to download,  then by choosing this format in the Switch all formats to list, then by clicking on Switch Run the downloading by clicking on Submit request list

Follow-up of the downloads status:

  • Follow the link that shows up at the end of the previous step (or in the email you will receive) to access the RSM (Request Status Manager) which help you to follow the result of your search in all contacted data centres.
  • Click on Status of download requests to access your current downloads
  • You can see all status of your download, per data centre: At first your request status is Approval pending and then it will move to Ready for user action (if data are not restricted) or to Access Denied (if data are still restricted).
  • When the status of your request is Ready for user Action, click on the number of available data to access the data downloading.

Zip files

  • Zip of ODV files can be used directly in Ocean Data View software, using the menu Import > SDN Spreadsheet
  • The zip files contains all requested data files and a CSV metadata file in which you can find a lot of information on each select record

Please feel free to contact us if you have any problem using the SeaDataNet web portal for data downloading.

(If you do not know how to search data, first have a loo to the How can I get data? FAQ)

First of all a query is limited to a maximum of 10,000 stations. If more stations are needed, it is necessary to make several queries, for each query, data have to be selected thousand per thousand.

For each query you will have to follow these steps:

  1. click 1000 records under LISTING result on the right of the map.
  2. click on the small blue arrow just at the right of 1000 records (click only once and wait to see the Next 1000 displayed in stead of next 20)
  3. click on the check box on the left of the screen, left of Data Set Name (it will check the 1000 records of the page)
  4. click on add to basket to add the 1000 records in your basket
  5. click on Next 1000
  6. repeat step 3 to 5 until you have 10000 datasets in your basket
  7. click on BASKET and order the 10,000 datasets
  8. click on new query (you can also store your query if needed)
  9. rerun your search
  10. repeat steps 1-2
  11. click on Next 1000 until you reach show (10001 to 11000)
  12. repeat steps 3 to 8

and so on .....

Please feel free to contact us if you have any problem using the SeaDataNet web portal for data downloading.

No, all data are not unrestricted and free for use.

The general case is free an open access for data, around 85% of the data are accessible. Once the user is registered and have agreed with the “SeaDataNet user Licence”, he can, by default access all data which are unrestricted or under SeaDataNet licence.

Then depending on his status, organisation…. The SeaDataNet node responsible of the user's country country will attribute him a specific role which can give him access to more restricted data.

Data Access restriction

% of the SDN dataset (Feb 2015)


The data are freely available to anybody and may be used for any purpose. Usage acknowledgement may be required.


SeaDataNet licence

Access to the data and usage are as specified in the SeaDataNet data policy and licence agreement


by negotiation

The data are withheld from general circulation and disclosure but access may be obtained on a case-by-case basis through negotiation.



The data are freely available for research and education purposes. Usage acknowledgement is usually expected.



The data are unrestricted to members of an organisation or a virtual organisation (such as project or cruise participants) but restricted to anybody else.


No access

Access to the data cannot be negotiated.



Data are initially restricted, but the access condition relaxes to academic or unrestricted once a specified period of time after an event (such as collection, publication, completion of QC procedures or project cessation) has elapsed.

<  0.1%


Conditions of supply and usage of the data are specified in a formal agreement.

<  0.1%

Commercial charge

A charge significantly exceeding the cost of data collection and delivery is made for usage of the data.

<  0.1%

If you use SeaDataNet data in your publications please include the following in the Acknowledgements:

Data were provided through SeaDataNet Pan-European infrastructure for ocean and marine data management (http://www.seadatanet.org)


A record is an XML metadata document conforming to a named SeaDataNet schema describing a particular type of SeaDataNet data entity.


A meaningful collection of measurements. 'Meaningful' can have infinite different meanings that must be constrained through the definition of specific types of dataset used within the SeaDataNet data model. The following dataset types are in use:

Common Data Index (CDI) Dataset

This is the fundamental atomic entity in the SeaDataNet data model and is an aggregation of measurements or observations.  It is mapped to real world measurement aggregations in different ways such that the dataset is meaningful for a specific type of data, such as a CTD profile or the time series from a single deployment of a data logger. It is described by a CDI record that is permanently associated in the SeaDataNet architecture with one or more physical data files.

Cruise Dataset

This is the aggregation of CDI datasets from the activity described by a Cruise Summary Report (CSR) record.

Discovery dataset

This is the aggregation of CDI datasets from a discoverable activity described by a European Directory of Marine Environmental Datasets (EDMED) record.

EDIOS Dataset

This is the aggregation of CDI from a monitoring activity described by an EDIOS series record. This is the atomic level of monitoring activity such as a station within a programme.

EDIOS Programme Dataset

This is the aggregation of a set of related EDIOS datasets and is described by an EDIOS programme record. Note that an EDIOS programme dataset may also be considered to be a discoverable activity and additionally described by an EDMED record.

Project Dataset

This is the aggregation of the CDI datasets from an activity described by a European Directory of Marine Environmental Research Projects (EDMERP) record.

Product dataset

This is an aggregation of CDI datasets that provide the input for a SeaDataNet or EMODNET data product, such as a climatology or location time series. The aggregation will be usually be specified in terms of spatio-temporal limits and one or more observable properties (parameters).

Published dataset

This is a CDI aggregation guaranteed free from future change that is citable through a URN such as a Digital Object Identifier (DOI).

GI-Cat dataset

This is the aggregation of CDI data granules having a common data discovery parameter keyword supplied by a single data originator. It is the dataset presented to the GI-Cat brokering service.

SeaDataNet dataset

This is the aggregation of all the CDI datasets in the SeaDataNet system.

Each user connected to SeaDataNet infrastructure (i.e which received a specific login/password) has a role which is by default ‘Public’ and which can be changed by the SeaDataNet node managing the user directory of his/her country to the available roles:



A user who is able to bypass any access control created by SeaDataNet but with no bypass rights for local access controls.



Any authenticated individual with sufficient credentials to satisfy SeaDataNet access logging requirements.



A user who accesses data on the SeaDataNet network for purposes of education or bona fide non-profit academic research.



A user who accesses data on the SeaDataNet network with the objective of making a financial profit from its use.


National and local government

A user who accesses data on the SeaDataNet network for administrative or legislative purposes within the boundaries of a nation.


Pan-national government

A user who accesses data on the SeaDataNet network for international administrative or legislative purposes. Generally, but not exclusively, the European Union in the SeaDataNet context



A person employed by an organisation participating in SeaDataNet. This gives the right to access, create and (with ownership rights) maintain project documents and metadatabase entries.


Cruise Summary Report contributor

An individual outside SeaDataNet granted rights to create and (with ownership rights) maintain records in the SeaDataNet Cruise Summary Report repository.

 One user may have several roles.

The combination of the user role and access label on one CDI determines ‘Access OK’, ‘Access to be discussed‘ or ‘Access denied’ to the data.

Each aggregated products has a DOI and can be cited as following:

Some SeaDataNet climatologies have a DOI and can be cited as following: