The Marine Strategy Framework Directive and other environmental (water) policies, require Member States to set up, collect and report data (the so called "reporting obligations") that, once further elaborated, quality-controlled and harmonised become the essential basis for the assessment of the European environmental status and of the policies' effectiveness. These data are also the foundations to build the knowledge aims at securing the present and future protection of the humans and environment.
Products derived by data, like dashboards, maps, or web applications are meant to be used for several purposes, as integral part of the indicators, as communication means and as support working materials before, during and after the assessment phases, where they help the policy makers in navigating and interpreting the data, in making conclusions, or finding knowledge gaps.