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A practitioners guide to managing geoscience information

By Jeremy Giles

Abstract

In the UK the Natural Environment Research Council manages its scientific data holdings through a series of Environmental Data Centres1\ud Within the Earth Science sector the National Geoscience Data Centre covering Atmosphere, Bioinformatics, Earth Sciences, Earth Observation, Hydrology, Marine Science and Polar Science.\ud 2\ud - Risk Reduction; (NGDC), a component of the British Geological Survey (BGS), is responsible for managing the geosciences data resource. The purpose of the NGDC is to maintain the national geoscience database and to ensure efficient and effective delivery by providing geoscientists with ready to access data and information that is timely, fit for purpose, and in which the user has confidence. The key benefits that NERC derives from this approach are:\ud - Increased Productivity; and\ud - Higher Quality Science.\ud The paper briefly describes the key benefits of managing geoscientific information effectively and describes how these benefits are realised within the NGDC and BGS

Topics: Data and Information, Earth Sciences
Year: 2009
OAI identifier: oai:nora.nerc.ac.uk:10994

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