Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (Relu) Data Support Service

The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme (Relu) Data Support Service (DSS) is a dedicated support service that provides information and guidance to researchers and project managers from the programme on data management, data sharing and preservation.

Relu projects investigated the social, economic, environmental and technological challenges faced by rural areas in the UK in an interdisciplinary manner. Teams of social and environmental researchers studied topics such as restoring the public's trust in food chains, tackling animal and plant disease in a socially acceptable manner, enabling sustainable farming in a globalised market, developing land management techniques to deal with climate change, and managing land and water use for sustainable water catchments.

Central to this research was the integration of social, economic, biological, agricultural and environmental science data. Relu-DSS offered an interdisciplinary data support service, co-ordinated between the UK Data Archive and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology based at Lancaster, through its Environmental Information Data Centre. Depositor and user support was subsumed by the UK Data Service in 2012. The Relu Knowledge Portal allows searching and browsing of Relu projects and outputs,

The Relu Programme and Data Support Service was funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).

Archive contribution

The UK Data Archive coordinated this service from the University of Essex. Partners are the Relu Programme Office in Newcastle and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology Environmental Information Centre in Lancaster.

Principal investigator:  Louise Corti
Dates:  January 2005 - September 2010
Contact:  UK Data Service helpdesk
Links:  Relu Programme
Relu Knowledge Portal