UK DATA SERVICE
Rural Economy and Land Use
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 investigate the social, economic, environmental and technological challenges faced by rural areas in the UK in an interdisciplinary manner. Teams of social and environmental researchers study 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 is the integration of social, economic, biological, agricultural and environmental science data. Relu-DSS offers 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.
The Relu Programme and Data Support Service is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) and the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC).
The UK Data Archive co-ordinates 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.