There is a basic requirement to know where, when and what is being monitored by the UK in the marine environment. This information on monitoring programmes was not previously held or accessible from a central point. UKDMOS was built to overcome these difficulties.
The application build on the existing European Directory of Ocean Observing Systems which has undergone substantial development and refinement under the EU funded SeaDataNet project. Providing the technological solutions in collaboration with the SeaDataNet project has lead to substantial cost saving to the overall UKDMOS project and ensures that UKDMOS is compatible with other ongoing national and international metadata initiatives.