The datasets for which the Environmental Information Data Centre formally takes on responsibility are managed as part of the EIDC Hub. Many of the datasets available from the CEH Information Gateway are managed in the EIDC Hub.
The EIDC Hub provides data deposit services, long term data storage, and access
and delivery services.
Depositing your data with the EIDC Hub is simple.
When you contact us we will assign a member of staff to guide you
through the process. They will discuss with you how your data can
be transferred and how we will look after the data in the long-term.
This happens before the deposit takes place, and is formally agreed in a
document called a Service Agreement.
will tell you what you need to do in preparation, and by when.
will agree with you:
volumes of data
- documentation to be provided
- access arrangements
- target date and method of data transfer
2. DATA STORAGE
We assume responsibility for curation of the
datasets we hold. This ensures that those datasets are discoverable and reusable
in the long term. Our datasets are periodically subjected to review procedures
to safeguard against deterioration. By curating data, we can ensure that:
2.1 Datasets are stored in a safe and secure
are stored in a secure location and backed up on a regular basis. Whenever
possible, data are made available in non-proprietary formats. This ensures their
security both in terms of safekeeping and future-proofing datasets against
formatting or other foreseeable changes.
2.2 Datasets are managed using a Data Inventory.
This provides an up-to date record of our data holdings, so we have a full
and complete list of the data resources for which we are responsible.
2.3 Datasets remain reusable.
Supporting information is preserved alongside the data in Data
Holdings Folders. This aids users in understanding the data resource and
facilitates its reuse.
3. ACCESS AND DELIVERY
Discovery & evaluation
Our EIDC Hub Data
Holdings web pages provide metadata for internet search engines to find,
together with a simple index list of data holdings. Underlying this facility is
the full power of the CEH's Information
Gateway, including a discovery catalogue which is kept up to date
with UK and European standards (UK GEMINI and INSPIRE), and a map viewer for
visualising and evaluating data.
EIDC Hub uses the CEH Information Gateway's on-line ordering and file
delivery system to provide data in a form most convenient to the prospective
re-user. Data can be provided "as is", or transformed by spatial or temporal
clipping, and on-the-fly conversion to selected spatial projections and data
3.3 Additional services
We can add value to datasets by providing additional services such as map
view services. Some key datasets are required by European and/or UK law to have
associated services. EIDC Hub can deliver these through its defined
3.4 Dataset citation
We can issue a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) to ingested
datasets which meet certain criteria. This allows accurate and reliable citation
of the dataset itself.
3.5 Limitations on Access and Use
Whenever data is shared there is potential for inadvertent misuse. EIDC Hub
data is always accompanied by appropriate information about access
constraints (who may/may not access the data) and use limitations (the purposes to which the data may be put). Users who download our data are
requested to read and agree to a set of licence terms and conditions.
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