NERC Science Information Strategy
The success criteria for the programme have been laid out within the strategy and implementation plan. The criteria cover a number of key areas:
- NERC and its community will understand what data NERC wishes to curate for the long-term and why.
- Clear guidelines will exist to guide a NERC funded Principal Investigator as to:
- how to successfully address data management in a bid to NERC
- how to manage data during the life of the grant
- how NERC data centres will support them at each stage
- Data curation and conditioning practices across NERC's data centres will be optimised to enable simple information access and exploitation for stakeholders requiring data from across a range of NERC's data centres, without significantly compromising the needs of the stakeholder communities served from only one.
- NERC will identify (or set) the appropriate international standards for information management and demonstrate that it meets them.
Information exploitation and access
- NERC and its data centres will lead the UK environmental science community in complying fully with the requirements of the INSPIRE directive.
- NERC will provide appropriate routes of access and consistent charging regimes for its range of data holdings to all stakeholder communities (ie science, government, regulators, private, public and voluntary sectors).
- NERC will work with other UK and international bodies to provide users with the ability to access location based data across a range of providers.
Organisation and funding
- NERC data centres are clearly established to serve the integrated NERC communities described in 'Next Generation Science for Planet Earth', and will be funded to a defined service level.
- NERC data centres are funded transparently in relation to the national capability (including national good), research programme and responsive mode support that they give.
- NERC will be compliant with all legislation, and actively influence future UK and EU policy concerning data management.
Metrics and indicators
- Appropriate key performance indicators (KPIs) and user feedback mechanisms will be used to demonstrate data centre excellence, assess policy compliance, support benchmarking and drive continuous improvement, within financial constraints.
- Appropriate management information will be generated to show the totality of the data centres' activities where they are broadly like-for-like, particularly in data acquisition and information access/exploitation.
Progress on each of the projects is routinely reported to the Strategy Implementation Board (SIB) who hold responsibility for the successful implementation of the SIS.
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