RELU-DSS portal - linking data with research outputs

Article dated: 1 December 2008

The Data Support Service for the Rural Economy and Land Use program (RELU-DSS) has upgraded its online portal of data resulting from RELU research to a broader knowledge portal. The portal now brings together research outputs and data of individual projects. Via the portal users can explore outputs and data resulting from all RELU research. The portal also provides direct links to access the data and outputs online. RELU-DSS cube

All RELU data are being archived at the UKDA and the Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC) of the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology. Research outputs are increasingly deposited by researchers in the ESRC Society Today digital repository. Thanks to the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting (OAI-PMH), RELU-DSS can harvest metadata of research outputs from ESRC Society Today and combine them with metadata of datasets being developed by RELU projects and datasets archived at UKDA and EIDC.

The Rural Economy and Land Use Programme aims to advance understanding of the social, economic, environmental and technological challenges faced by rural areas in the UK. The programme, funded by ESRC, Natural Environment Research Council, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the Scottish Government, enables teams of researchers to carry out interdisciplinary research that will inform policy and practice with choices on how to manage and protect the countryside and rural economies.

Projects focus on restoring public 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.

The RELU Data Support Service is managed by the UKDA in collaboration with EIDC.