Adriplan Data Portal


The Adriplan Data Portal is a geodata portal available for partners, stakeholders and the general public for searching and sharing knowledge, data, and information related to MSP in the Adriplan project area, i.e. the Adriatic-Ionian Region, (including Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro and Albania). It includes spatial data, metadata and MSP tools: cumulative impact and conflict score tools. Spatial data (layers) are organised in the following categories: coastal defence and sand extraction, energy, environmental protection, environment and ecosystem, fisheries and aquaculture, maritime transport and tourism, miscellanea. The Adriplan Data Portal is a web-platform based on the GeoNode application and Open Data policies. It capitalizes data from other projects, including Shape, and allows integrated access to standard services from other geoportals.

The Adriplan Data Portal has been integrated and consolidated within the Italian RITMARE Flagship Project, including the improvement and the development of new functionalities, the update of data and metadata, the addition of informative text and tutorials about the portal and the developed tools, the provision of new documentation on MSP and information about the scientific production and dissemination activities. It is currently used to support an MSP exercise on the Emilia-Romagna Region (Italy) waters and case studies analyses within the SUPREME (Supporting maritime spatial Planning in the Eastern Mediterranean) project.

Sea Basin(s): 
Developed in 2015, updated in 2017
Application in MSP: 
Taken into account in an MSP process
Mineral extraction
Nature protection
Offshore renewable energy production
Oil and gas exploitation
Submarine cables and pipelines
Under water cultural heritage
Type of Issue: 
Cross-border cooperation
Ecosystem-based approach
Type of practice: 
Stage of MSP cycle: 
Analyse spatial aspects
Cross-border / trans-national aspect: 
Coherence with other processes: 
Marine Strategy Framework Directive

Questions this practice may help answer

  • What are the most relevant spatial data to be considered at macro-regional scale (i.e. Adriatic and Ionian Region) to support MSP implementation, also considering a cross-border perspective?
  • How MSP relevant spatial data can be efficiently managed and shared among users and with other web data tools and platforms?
  • How can MSP related spatial data (and metadata) be structured according to the requirement of the INSPIRE Directive?
  • How can previous projects and initiatives on MSP-related data management be capitalized?
  • Which are the cumulative impacts of human activities on the environment?
  • What are the levels of conflicts among different maritime uses?

Implementation Context

The ADRIPLAN Data Portal was the reference tool used to manage data during the ADRIPLAN project, allowing data storage and discovering, tools implementation and data/results sharing. It is the access point of all the geospatial data used in ADRIPLAN and is a joint effort undertaken by all partners coordinated by CNR-ISMAR (ADRIPLAN coordinator).

Aspects / Objectives

The main objectives of the ADRIPLAN Data Portal are:

  • Collecting and organizing the existing data and metadata useful for the implementation of the MSP process in the Adriatic-Ionian Region;
  • Allowing the discovery, access and re-use of data and information contained in the data portal;
  • Reaching an effective interoperability using standard services (OGC, INSPIRE compliant) to connect data from external projects and to provide data to different stakeholders;
  • Allowing selected users to run analysis through tools developed during the project for the Adriatic-Ionian Region;
  • Allowing collaborative data management and reproducible analyses with the maximum transparency of data and procedures;
  • Promoting the open access to information and tools using standard open licenses.


The ADRIPLAN Data Portal is based on the GeoNode software, which is a django-based web platform for developing community-based spatial data infrastructure (SDI). GeoNode makes it easy to upload and manage geospatial data, to discover the resources and make content available via standard OGC (Open Geospatial Consortium) protocols and to assemble web-mapping applications. In particular, the customizations of GeoNode for the ADRIPLAN portal focused on:

  • Homepage: to immediately find the most relevant features;
  • Search and filter tools: to better respond to project requirements;
  • Development of new tools;
  • A quick guide: to introduce users to portal features and to standard services of portal.

Data have been collected from various sources of information, starting from the project’s partners, including other local, regional and national administrations, and capitalizing the great work done in already available data portals (e.g. European Atlas of the Seas, EEA data portals, SeaDataNet, EMODNET, etc.) and other past and on-going projects (e.g. SHAPE, CoCoNet, MAREA-MEDISEH, Ritmare, etc.). Some of the data were directly uploaded (as shapefiles or raster files) into the ADRIPLAN Data Portal by the responsible partners during the life of the project and then described through detailed metadata, using the collaborative functionalities of the portal. Other spatial layers have been included using standard web services (i.e. OGC-WMS) allowing the visualization of information provided by other atlases and data portals without the need of storing the data inside the ADRIPLAN Data Portal itself.

Data are usually collected trying to include the most up-to-date information, but throughout the course of the project it could happen that some datasets or layers change or are updated from original owners, portals, projects. The ADRIPLAN Data Portal allows the continuous integration and update of the information directly by the main users, through functionalities that allow the update of spatial layers with new or modified ones and the correction or improvement of the metadata associated with the layers.


Main Outputs / Results

More than 400 layers are organised in the ADRIPLAN Data Portal and divided in categories to facilitate the selection of data from the users:

  • Coastal defence and sand extraction
  • Energy
  • Environmental protection
  • Environment and ecosystems
  • Fisheries and aquaculture
  • Maritime transport and tourism
  • Miscellanea

ADRIPLAN Data Portal enables users to query and select data through: free text, keywords, categories, type of resource, data source, and geographical extent. Registered users can therefore:

  • Discover and view information (layers and maps) related to MSP topics in the Adriatic-Ionian Region;
  • Upload and download data and metadata;
  • Edit layer information (data and metadata);
  • Compose new maps using data included the ADRIPLAN Data Portal or acquired from external sources;
  • Implement MSP tools (in particular the on-line available conflict score and cumulative impact tools) for the AIR (Adriatic Ionian Region) domain in different study areas.

More information about the analysis tools available in the Adriplan Data Portal can be found in this recently published article.


The software used in the ADRIPLAN Data Portal is free and open source, thus allowing the transparency and reproducibility of the process. In particular the tools and the customizations developed for the project are available on a GitHub repository at

The products (maps, graphs, reports) can be used to support studies and planning in various case studies in the Adriatic-Ionian Region. Furthermore, the release of the python tools under a GPL licence (General Public License) [1] is a guarantee of possible future extensions and adaptation to other environmental domains and applications.

Contact Person

Alessandro Sarretta



Phone: +39 041 2407929


Stefano Menegon




Responsible Entity

CNR-ISMAR: National Research Council – Institute of Marine Science (Italy)


Costs / Funding Source

Funding Source: the ADRIPLAN Data Portal was developed within the ADRIPLAN project, funded by EC DG MARE. Further update of the portal was funded by the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research within the Ritmare Project.

Costs: not possible to be defined, as part of the overall funds to the ADRIPLAN and Ritmare projects.


[1] Menegon S, Sarretta A, Barbanti A, Gissi E, Venier C. (2016) Open source tools to support Integrated Coastal Management and Maritime Spatial Planning. PeerJ Preprints 4:e2245v2