The English Channel represents an area of sea with significant and varied challenges (merchant shipping, fishing and aquaculture, leisure, renewable energy, coastal development, tourism, etc.). There is a wealth of scientific literature relevant not only to researchers, but also for all stakeholders involved in the management of the marine and coastal environment. However, a large number of relevant documents are theses, memoires, studies, reports, books, etc., which are not subject to classification in scientific libraries. This "grey literature" is thus almost inaccessible to interested parties who are not members of the establishment that holds it.
The ChanneLIS project (Channel Library and Information Services, information and library services on the English Channel) was initiated by the Marine Biological Association (MBA) in Plymouth and the Station Biologique de Roscoff. These two scientific institutions were founded at the end of the 19th century and are custodians of bibliographic databases that are amongst the richest in the world. ChanneLIS aims to index all of the documents that are available internally for both institutions and to make this database accessible to the wider community.
The database includes over eight thousand records covering varied scientific fields, ranging from marine physics and environmental law to coastal biology and management. The indexed documents cover a period from 1841 up to the present day.
50% of the ChanneLIS project is supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)), as part of the Interreg IVA France (Channel) – England programme.