Data Center Description
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ, http://www.vliz.be/) was created on 2 April 1999 by the Flemish Government, the Province of the West-Flanders and the Belgian National Science Foundation. It is an autonomous institution, with the legal status of a not-for-profit organization. The Flemish Government and the Province West-Flanders both contribute financially. The organizational structure and objectives of VLIZ are determined in the statutes and in a five-yearly management agreement. Privileges and obligations of the members are determined in a code of order; a membership form can be obtained from the secretariat or from the web site. VLIZ is a membership organization. Everyone with an interest in research in the coastal zone can, individually or as a group, become a member.
The main task of VLIZ is supporting and visualizing scientific research in the coastal area. By doing so, it developed a co-ordination forum, an oceanographic platform and the Flanders Marine Data and Information Centre. Besides, the institute acts as contact point and provides advices on demand of the government or on our own initiative. The VLIZ contributes also in popularizing science, in sensitizing in further expanding our marine multi-media center. The VLIZ has an interface function between the scientific community, the public authorities and the public at large.