Innovation in interdisciplinary methods

Article dated: 13 December 2011

The Relu Data Support Service has launched a new knowledge portal showing the wide range of innovative methods and approaches to interdisciplinary research and data integration carried out by 94 research projects.

The research projects were funded by the Rural Economy and Land Use (Relu) Programme.


The Knowledge Portal allows users to find, discover and access the research data, publications and outputs available from Relu research projects.

Research data are digitally archived at the UK Data Archive and the Environmental Information Data Centre once research is completed. Research outputs are deposited by projects in the ESRC Research Catalogue.

The Portal brings together those scientific outputs and data for each project and provides easy access to them. The Portal also showcases the data management and data sharing expertise gained during the Relu Programme.

The Relu Programme, which brought social and natural scientists together with local stakeholders, studied the social, economic, environmental and technological challenges facing rural areas in Britain, with research focusing on sustainable food chains, the management of animal and plant diseases, adaptation to environmental change and integrated land and water management.

The Programme was funded by the ESRC, Biotechnolocy and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) between 2004 and 2012. Its Data Support Service was co-ordinated between the UK Data Archive and the Centre for Hydrology and Ecology, Lancaster.