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Providing information on environmental change: data management, discovery and access in the UK Environmental Change Network Data Centre

Rennie, Susannah C.. 2016 Providing information on environmental change: data management, discovery and access in the UK Environmental Change Network Data Centre [in special issue: Assessing ecosystem resilience through long term ecosystem research: observations from the first twenty years of the UK Environmental Change Network] Ecological Indicators, 68. 13-20. 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.01.060

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Abstract/Summary

Development of a clearer understanding of the causes and consequences of environmental change is an important issue globally. The consequent demand for objective, reliable and up-to-date environmental information has led to the establishment of long-term integrated environmental monitoring programmes, including the UK’s Environmental Change Network (ECN). Databases form the core information resource for such programmes. The UK Environmental Change Network Data Centre manages data on behalf of ECN(as well as other related UK integrated environmental monitoring networks) and provides a robust and integrated system of information management. This paper describes how data are captured – through standardised protocols and data entry systems – as well more recent approaches such as wireless sensors. Data are managed centrally through a database and GIS. Quality control is built in at all levels of the system. Data are then made accessible through a variety of data access methods – through bespoke web interfaces, as well as third-party data portals. This paper describes the informatics approach of the ECN Data Centre which aims to develop a seamless system of data capture, management and data access interfaces to support research.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.01.060
CEH Sections: Parr
ISSN: 1470-160X
Additional Keywords: database, data management, data access, data quality, informatics, integrated environmental monitoring, environmental change
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
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Date made live: 09 Mar 2016 11:47 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/513133

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