About MID-C

Goals | Benefits | Infrastructure | Industry

MID-C was developed to fulfill a need for centralized marine information. With the increasing development of an offshore oil production in Newfoundland and Labrador, it has become increasingly critical that environmental information be easily accessible.

Traditionally, the systems that are presently in place provide only a narrow perspective. For example: Obtaining ice flow information can be accomplished in isolation relatively easily. But retrieving ice flow data, ocean currents, hydrographic charts and humpback whale migrations for a particular period and geographic area would entail a complicated and time consuming search that could take days and perhaps weeks. Being able to retrieve this type of information easily has value, but in times of crisis, the quick and efficient retrieval becomes critical!

Other questions that needed answering quickly developed such as:

  • What is the current status of Canada's marine and coastal environment?
  • Where do endangered species occur, and are they conserved?
  • How can the effects of pollution be minimized?
  • What are the main regions and habitats, and where do they occur?
  • What systems are in place to support and consolidate:
    • Oil Spill Management?
    • Ice Surveillance?
    • Environmental Monitoring?
    • Offshore Safety?
    • Search and Rescue?

These questions required quick and efficient methods to determine answers. With this in mind, we developed MID-C.


Goals of MID-C
The primary objective of the project is to establish a world-class Marine Information Distribution Centre (MID-C) to support day-to-day activities associated with offshore oil and gas and marine operations.

In addition, MID-C will provide the infrastructure for Newfoundland information technology companies to:

  • enhance current geomatics or marine-based products and services, especially where value can be added by access to remote sensing and earth observation data;
  • create new and innovative products and services; and,
  • cost-effectively and efficiently deliver these products and services to industry clients in Newfoundland and around the world.

These goals will be achieved in the following ways:

  • Develop integrated information services based on distributed databases, spatial information systems and Internet technology;
  • Ensure that marine products are available in a digital form to a wide range of users via the Internet;
  • Provide on-line linkages to existing information;
  • Provide marine subject information, or pointers to where to find that information;
  • Build Internet, visualization and spatial information system tools for accessing marine information;
  • Assist with marine & coastal data/information co-ordination and transfer in Canada;

Provide technical support to new marine policy initiatives.





Benefits of MID-C

The establishment of an environmental database management system for Newfoundland and Labrador that is linked to major domestic and international networks will benefit:

  • Newfoundland companies in promoting and delivering their products and services to the offshore community;
  • oil and mineral exploration and production;
  • shipping operations;
  • fishing;
  • environmental monitoring, protection, and remediation programs; and,
  • Canada by assisting in delivery of international scientific commitments.

In addition, MID-C will support firms that provide technologies, products and services to protect the land, water and air quality through:

  • Air quality control and abatement;
  • Water quality control and abatement;
  • Land quality control and abatement;
  • Site assessment and remediation;
  • Environmental assessments;
  • Laboratory services;
  • Solid waste management;
  • Hazardous waste management;
  • Environmental consulting services; and
  • Environmental health and safety training.




Through involvement with CEONet, MID-C will become part of the international foundation of distributed systems designed to support archival, analysis, and distribution of data through multiple data centres. These centres are connected by an Information Management System (IMS) which provides an interface for "one stop shopping" for earth science data. This allows users to search for and order data, data products, and services from multiple world wide data centers in a single session. MID-C will become a community within CEONet and its associated international counterparts for providing value-added products and services directly related to the national and international offshore marine industry.

In short, MID-C is a Data Warehouse System That Provides Abilities For:

  • Managing Large and Complex Databases
  • Data Cataloguing and Archiving
  • On-line Ordering and Delivery of Data
  • Data Analysis and Data Product Creation
  • Data Maintenance and Dissemination over Wide Area Networks (WANs), including the Internet
  • Linkages to Commercial GIS & Data Analysis Packages

MID-C's data warehouse configuration provides the following functions:

  • Data Loading Abilities
  • Data Management And Maintenance Tools
  • Online Ordering and Delivery
  • Internet Access
  • Browsing, Searching and Data Mining

Data Loading Abilities

  • Real Time Data Acquisition Functions
  • Batch Data Loading (Usually Historical Data)
  • Periodic Data Insert/Update

Data Management and Maintenance

  • Database Management Software (Backup, Restore, etc.)
  • Production Management and Scheduling Software
  • Client and User Management
  • Data Logging, Cataloguing and Archiving Tools
  • GIS Viewing and Manipulation Software
  • Topology and Data Content/Structure Software
  • Offline Storage and Retrieval Software
  • Data Encryption and Validation Software

On-Line Order Capabilities

This service enables users to place orders for spatial data. When the client requires large data sets that
are not practical for transmission or requires data sets that are only available in hardcopy formats, then the system provides for on-line ordering and off-line delivery. When placing orders, the available delivery method, delivery times and data formats may be presented. All orders are tracked within the system.

On-Line Delivery Capabilities

  • The on-line delivery service is integrated with catalogue inventory, on-line ordering and client databases.
  • Some products are available for immediate delivery. The client is made aware of these instances, and may request immediate retrieval and transfer of the data.
  • A number of delivery methods should be provided. For example ftp.
  • The on-line delivery is usually able to deliver data over LANs, WANs, and dial-up connections.

Browsing, Searching and Data Mining

Traditionally, browsing, searching and data mining of geomatics data was dependent upon specific applications and tools that were often directed at the particular data format.
With the migration of geomatics data into the Internet, new tools and applications are being developed that are generic and non-specific to a particular data format.

MID-C meets the spatial data requirements laid down by the U.S. Federal Geographic Data Committee (FGDC). This provides MID-C the ability to link with all data warehouses that meet these requirements.

For more information on the FGDC metadate standards, please click here.[ link to fgdc outline]




The environmental industry in Newfoundland and Labrador includes 70 core firms with an annual aggregate revenue of $40 - $50 million. Approximately 75% of this revenue is derived from the sale of environmental services. The industry's workforce is highly educated and skilled in science and engineering, with nearly 65% having professional or technical designations.

The worldwide demand for environmental technologies, products and services is anticipated to grow by 8% annually for the next eight to ten years. Countries throughout the world are either implementing sustainable development concepts, or are preparing to do so. While specific environmental problems require specific solutions, it takes insight to assess the problem and ingenuity to find the right solutions.
Newfoundland and Labrador environmental firms have proven their insight and ingenuity and are bringing this to the international market through partnerships, strategic alliances and joint ventures. We invite you to join us in developing these opportunities.
The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador recognizes this in its Strategic Economic Plan which targets the environmental industry as an area for economic growth.

Public demand for a cleaner environment and progressive government legislation laid the foundation for growth in the environmental industry. In Newfoundland and Labrador, growth was also influenced by the resource-based economy and unique marine environment.

By striking a strategic balance of priorities between environmental efficiency and increasing the competitiveness of industry, environmental firms enhanced their diversity and versatility. Today, the environmental industry continues to expand and develop expertise to take advantage of business opportunities locally and abroad.