The Flanders Marine Institute
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) is the coordination and information platform for marine scientific research in Flanders. The VLIZ is a focal point for marine and coastal-related research and serves as an international contact point. The VLIZ signs cooperation agreements with Flemish research groups and administrations and furthermore integrates its activities in national and international networks. Major activities are the management of the Flanders Marine Data and Information Centre (VMDC), the Infodesk, the Sea Library and the research vessel 'Simon Stevin'.
The Flanders Marine Data Centre (VMDC) - one of the divisions within VLIZ - is a service centre making high-quality data and information accessible to a wide range of marine sciences, while implementing a FAIR and Open data policy. The Flanders Marine Data Centre (VMDC) is accredited as an IODE National Oceanographic Data Centre and is also recognised as a World Data System (WDS) regular member.