Useful Links and Glossary

Glossary and Useful Links

As part of the RIN’s endeavour to promote knowledge in navigation and its associated sciences, we provide a glossary of abbreviations and navigation terms which can be downloaded here and a list of useful links below. The links are broken down into the following categories below: general, land, air, sea, space and history.




Useful Links

Links - General - IAIN - The International Association of Institutes of Navigation unites national and international organisations aiming to foster activities at sea, in the air, in space and on land. - ION - The Institute of Navigation is the leading voice in all areas of navigation in the USA. - The Natural Navigator - Train in all aspects of natural navigation at a new school founded and run by transatlantic navigator Tristan Gooley. - The Institute of Engineering and Technology is one of the world´s leading professional societies for the engineering and technology community, with more than 150 000 members in 127 countries. It has offices in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. - The mission of the UK Quantum Technology Hub for Sensors and Metrology is to translate state-of-the-art lab technology into deployable practical devices. Collaboration is at the heart of what we do, with academics and leading companies working together to translate research into marketable applications. We are an international centre of excellence bringing together world-leading physicists, engineers, industry and end-users. - The Resilient Navigation and Timing Foundation is a non-profit, public benefit educational and scientific charity. It promotes multiple and resilient systems for balanced and healthy navigation and timing eco-systems, promotes appropriate laws and enforcement to prevent GNSS jamming and spoofing and educate leaders and the public about the importance of navigation and timing, existing vulnerabilities and the need for resilience.
Links - Land - Google Earth is a global provider of mapping data and aerial photography. - Google Maps is a provider of mapping data. - The British Schools Exploring Society BSES Expeditions is a youth development charity that organises challenging scientific expeditions to remote, wild environments. - The International Earth Rotation Service serves the astronomical, geodetic and geophysical communities by providing celestial and terrestrial frames of reference. - IMTA - The International Map Trade Association is the foremost worldwide organisation of the mapping, geospatial and geographic information industry. - Ordnance Survey is the UK´s national mapping agency. - The Outward Bound Trust is an educational charity and the umbrella body for the separate Outward Bound organisations, providing young people with safe, adventurous experiences. - The Scout Association provides adventurous activities and personal development opportunities, many of which have navigational elements, for 400 000 young people aged 6-25. - The Duke of Edinburgh´s Award Scheme is a voluntary, non-competitive and flexible programme of cultural and adventurous activities, many of which have navigational elements, for all young people, whatever their background or ability. - Which? is the largest consumer body in the UK, and regularly tests commercially available navigation technology.



Links - Air - The Civil Aviation Authority is the UK's specialist aviation regulator. - CHIRP Aviation is a confidential human factor incident reporting programme for the aviation industry. - Eurocontrol is the European organizer for the safety of air navigation. - The Federal Aviation Authority is primarily responsible for the advancement, safety and regulation of civil aviation in the USA. - Flyontrack is the website of the General Aviation Safety Council. - GAPAN - The Guild of Air Pilots and Air Navigators is a Livery Company of the City of London, that brings together people interested in every kind of flying. - The British Gliding Association is the voice of British gliding. - IATA - The International Air Transport Association represents 94% of international scheduled air traffic. - IFALPA - The International Federation of Airline Pilots Associations aims to be the global voice of airline pilots. - Meteo Consult is an online weather forecasting service. - The UK Met Office is the UK´s official weather forecast service, run as a trading fund within the Ministry of Defence. - NATS provides air traffic control services to aircraft flying in UK airspace, and over the eastern part of the North Atlantic. - Flying Scholarships for the Disabled provide annual scholarship allowing people with physical disabilities to regain their independence through flying.


Links - Sea - The Marine Society & the Sea Cadets provide personal development opportunities and support in a maritime context for young people and professional seafarers from all the sea services. - The UK Harbour Masters Association exists to represent and support the UK's Harbour Masters to the wider public. - CHIRP Maritime is a confidential human factor incident reporting programme for the maritime industry. - Terminology, Safety and Navigation Basics for Junior Seamanship. - The Commissioners of Irish Lights serves as the General Lighthouse Authority for the island of Ireland plus its adjacent seas and islands. - The UK Harbours Directory shows many of the UK´s most important harbours, particularly in the Solent region. - The Honorable Company of Master Mariners is a Livery Company of the City of London aiming to encourage high standards of conduct and ability in the British Merchant Navy. - IALA - The International Association of Marine Aids To Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities gathers together marine aids to navigation authorities, manufacturers and consultants from all parts of the world and offers them the opportunity to compare their experiences and achievements. - IMarEST - The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology is an all-embracing professional body established to meet the needs of professionals - engineers, scientists and technologists - operating in the marine sector. - IMCA - The International Marine Contractors Association is the international trade association representing offshore, marine and underwater engineering companies. - IMO - the International Maritime Organization is the United Nations' specialised agency responsible for improving maritime safety and preventing pollution from ships. - Marinas Online gives details of a wide range of marinas. - MCGA - The UK Maritime and Coast Guard Agency is responsible throughout the UK for implementing maritime safety policy, from co-ordinating search and rescue at sea to checking that ships meet UK and international safety rules. - Meteo Consult is an online weather forecasting service. - The UK Met Office is the UK´s official weather forecast service, run as a trading fund within the Ministry of Defence. - The Mission to Seafarers supports merchant sailors around the world, combating loneliness and offering practical help and spiritual strength. - MVS - The Maritime Volunteer Service is a charity that aims to stimulate the interest of volunteers from all walks of life in maritime affairs. - Nautilus UK is the UK trade union for Merchant Navy Officers. - The Nautical Institute is an international professional body for qualified seafarers and others with an interest in nautical matters. - The Northern Lighthouse Board is the organisation that maintains Aids to Navigation around the coast of Scotland and the Isle of Man. - RINA - The Royal Institution of Naval Architects is an internationally renowned professional institution whose members are involved at all levels in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of marine vessels and structures. - RNLI - The Royal National Lifeboat Institution is the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service around the UK and Republic of Ireland. - The Corporation of Trinity House is the General Lighthouse Authority for England, Wales, the Channel Islands and Gibraltar. - The US Coast Guard is a military branch of the United States involved in maritime law, mariner assistance, and search and rescue, among other duties of coast guards elsewhere. - Seaforth - Publishers of Naval and Maritime History books. - The Jubilee Sailing Trust provides sail experience on tall ships for people at all levels of physical ability.


Links - Space - UK Space Agency - The UKSA is responsible for all strategic decisions on the UK civil space programme and provides a clear, single voice for UK space ambitions. - CS4FN - Computer Science For Fun is a website were young persons and others can participate in the fun side of computer science! Explore how computer science is also about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun. Some of their articles relate to navigation such as their GPS page. - CS4FN in conjunction with Queen Mary, University of London, the IT industry and other organisations run a series of competitions through the year. They also highlight other Computer Science linked competitions on their website. - The British Isles GPS Archive Facility conducts the systematic archiving of data from continuous GPS (CGPS) stations. - ESA - The European Space Agency is Europe´s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe´s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. UKspace is the trade association of the British space industry.

Links - History - The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight is the RAF's tribute to the aviators of WWII, and flies several Spitfires, two Hurricanes, a Dakota and a Lancaster. - The Cutty Sark is the only remaining tea clipper in existence, and one of the most famous ships in the world. - The Imperial War Museum focuses its exhibits on armed conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and war-time experience. - The National Maritime Museum/The Royal Observatory Greenwich are two of the most navigationally significant landmarks in the UK. The Royal Observatory is home to the prime meridian, London´s newest planetarium, and the original Harrison chronometers. - The RAF Museum holds over 100 historic planes from Britain´s military history. - The SS Robin is an arts & heritage organisation running participatory photography projects onboard the world's oldest complete steamship. - Tangmere Military Aviation Museum offers the chance to see many exciting planes and original items from some of Britain´s aerial conflicts.