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Recommendations for a Data Exchange Structure for MSP


The report identifies the content related, technical conditions and problems / gaps associated to data and information sources for MSP and provides recommendations on how to create a decentralised data infrastructure for the Baltic Sea Region.

Application in MSP:
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Cross-border / trans-national aspect:
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Questions this practice may help answer

  • What are the prerequisites for setting up a transnational MSP data infrastructure?
  • What features does such a transnational database require?
  • What gaps / shortcomings for MSP data exchange occurred in the Baltic Sea Region (as of 2012)?

Implementation context

The recommendations for a data exchange structure for MSP were developed in the framework of the BaltSeaPlan project. As of summer 2016, there is no pan-Baltic MSP data infrastructure yet. However, first steps towards such an infrastructure have been undertaken. The HELCOM-VASAB MSP Working Group has established the Baltic Sea Region MSP data expert sub-group which supports data, information and evidence exchange for MSP processes with regard to cross-border / trans-boundary planning issues. Furthermore, the Baltic LINes project works on prototyping a decentralised transnational MSP data infrastructure for shipping routes and energy corridors. These developments have been influenced by the BaltSeaPlan recommendations for a Data Exchange Structure for MSP.

Aspects / Objectives

The general purpose of this study was to develop a concept and propose logical steps towards an integrated data infrastructure for MSP purposes in the region of the Baltic Sea.


Initially, relevant transnational, national and regional initiatives, projects and cooperative structures on data / data exchange were analysed. Futhermore, experience from actual data work in the BaltSeaPlan pilot projects was drawn on to analyse gaps and shortcomings in the use of transnational data. Conclusions were grouped in sections dealing with decentralised data storage, institutional gaps, knowledge gaps, restrictions on data accessibility and limited transferability of data and planning results. They illustrate the importance of the flow of up-to-date, reliable information for effective MSP processes and correct execution of the entire planning cycle.

Recommendations for a Baltic Sea Region Data Infrastructure were proposed relating to the creation of an MSP data exchange network, an MSP data exchange portal, legal issues, content aspects and technical requirements.

Furthermore, conceptual and logical data models for an integrated pan-Baltic MSP Data infrastructures were suggested .

Main Outputs / Results

Report on data exchange structure for Maritime Spatial Planning


The recommendations and data models can be scrutinised for their applicability in other contexts / sea-basins.

Contact Persons

Katarzyna Fidler

Email: (kf[at]eu-projects[dot]pl)

Phone: + 49 30 49 787 585


Bettina Käppeler

Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency of Germany (BSH)

Email: (bettina[dot]kaeppeler[at]bsh[dot]de)

Phone: +49 40 31903522

Responsible Entity

Federal Maritime and Hydrographic Agency (BSH)

Funding Source

Funding source: Baltic Sea Region Programme 2007-2013