Environmental Information Data Centre

The Environmental Information Data Centre (EIDC) coordinates CEH data activities and is the NERC Data Centre for the terrestrial and freshwater sciences. The EIDC brings together wide-ranging nationally-important datasets and expertise in managing different types of environmental data.

The aim of the EIDC is to give researchers access to the coordinated data resources and informatics tools needed to find answers to complex, multidisciplinary environmental questions.

The EIDC delivers informatics research to meet CEH information needs and to contribute to national and international data sharing and monitoring initiatives (eg the Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), the Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS), and the European Earth Observation Programme (GMES).

The EIDC also encompasses CEH’s work on the following: 

Accessing data

The EIDC has created the INSPIRE-compliant CEH Information Gateway to provide easier access to terrestrial and freshwater datasets.

Lodging data with EIDC

Scientists can formally hand responsibility to the EIDC for long-term management and future accessibility of datasets. The EIDC will then be responsible for meeting funder requirements (eg NERC policy) and any legal requirements for access to data (eg EC INSPIRE and UK Environmental Information Regulations).

Scientists can obtain credit and recognition for datasets through a British Library-backed DOI (Digital Object Identifier) data citation mechanism so that datasets can be cited from scientific and other publications.

If you would like to lodge data with the EIDC please contact eidc@ceh.ac.uk

Find out more about lodging data with the EIDC.

More information

As well as datasets lodged with the EIDC, CEH also hosts other major datasets and facilities.