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

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The ECN Data Centre manages data on behalf of ECN and other related UK integrated environmental monitoring networks, and provides a robust and integrated system of information management
Sahm Amirsedghi
  1. In order to support a wide range of research into environmental change, it is essential that data are collected, processed, stored and distributed in a systematic and fully traceable manner.
  2. The ECN has pioneered the development of an informatics approach to handling and integrating a diverse array of environmental time-series data.
  3. The ECN Data Centre manages data on behalf of ECN and other related UK integrated environmental monitoring networks, and provides a robust and integrated system of information management.
  4. Data are captured through standardised protocols and data entry systems as well more recent approaches such as wireless sensors. These data are then managed centrally in a database and GIS. Quality control is built in at all levels of the system.
  5. ECN Data are then made accessible through both bespoke web interfaces and third-party data portals.

 

Reference: Rennie, S. (2016). Providing information on environmental change: Data management, discovery and access in the UK Environmental Change Network Data Centre. Ecological Indicators68, 13-20. DOI: 10.1016/j.ecolind.2016.01.060.

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