A Report on Managing Environmental Research Data at EPA

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This report outlines the current state-of-play for the management of environmental research data at the Irish Environmental Protection Agency. The key step in harnessing the potential of environmental research data is capturing them quickly after they have been collected or generated. There is a risk that the reuse value of the data will be greatly reduced if a significant amount of time passes after the conclusion of the project. Every project funded under the STRIVE programme is obliged to submit all significant data sets and information generated during the project to the EPA at the conclusion of the research project7. To support researchers in meeting this requirement, the EPA has developed a large-scale computer system named the ERC Server for the upload, storage, management, dissemination, and long-term preservation of these data resources. This development was assisted by the ERC Postdoctoral Fellowship Environmental Research Data Management which ran from 2004 until 2007. One of the key deliverables of this fellowship was the establishment of a software-based data management system for use by the environmental research community. The SAFER-Data system (http:// erc.epa.ie/safer) was developed. SAFER-Data is a fully web-based interface to the ERC Server for use by STRIVE-funded researchers and the environmental science community to upload and manage data resources generated during their research. SAFERData is also the principal point on the EPA website for the dissemination of environmental research data generated by STRIVE-funded research projects. This report describes the development of the environmental research data archive by the EPA and the development of SAFER-Data to provide web-based access to this system. SAFER-Data provides a one-stop shop for any stakeholder looking to access data resources generated by EPA-funded research projects. SAFERData is more than just another web-based data management system. The report shows that SAFERData has very quickly established itself as an important part of the STRIVE programme?s support infrastructure while also establishing itself as an important source of data within the environmental science research community. The report also shows that data from SAFER-Data have been downloaded by visitors to the system from all over the world. SAFER-Data is more than just a web-based system. Rather, it is the realisation of the research data management vision of the EPA and the STRIVE programme. SAFER-Data emphasises the philosophy of open and barrier-free access to environmental research data to any stakeholder

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Dr. Peter Mooney
Environmental Research Centre

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Author(s)Mooney, P.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationA Report on Managing Environmental Research Data at EPA
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
Electronic Address or URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=339e8256-9750-102c-9c91-0a68ec663af0
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Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-07-23

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Mooney, P.   "A Report on Managing Environmental Research Data at EPA". Associated datasets and digitial information objects connected to this resource are available at: Secure Archive For Environmental Research Data (SAFER) managed by Environmental Protection Agency Ireland https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/resource?id=339e8256-9750-102c-9c91-0a68ec663af0 (Last Accessed: 2024-07-23)


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SAFER-Data Display URL https://eparesearch.epa.ie/safer/iso19115/display?isoID=115
Resource KeywordsSAFER Environmental Data Metadata Research
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2002-CC-2FS
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironmental Technologies
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceThis report can be distributed provided that the front covers, acknowledgements, and information sections are not removed or altered. There are no datasets, data files, or information objects attached to this metadata resource. If the attached report documents are used in journal article or other means of publication the original authors should be informed of this usage and an appropriate acknowledgement or citation is included within the published article. The EPA advise that this acknowledgement should take one of the following forms dependent upon how heavily the published work relates to the downloaded report: * Co-Authorship(s) for the original author(s)* Written acknowledgement within the body of the article* Written acknowledgement by means of the inclusion of a bibliography entry which clearly cites the original authors. The EPA as a/the primary funder of the research should be acknowledged.
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 3
Project Start Date Friday 1st October 2004 (01-10-2004)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Friday 1st October 2004 (01-10-2004)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 1st December 2008 (01-12-2008)
Published on SAFERThursday 21st May 2009 (21-05-2009)
Date of Last EditFriday 22nd May 2009 at 10:04:09 (22-05-2009)
Datasets or Files Updated On Friday 22nd May 2009 at 10:04:08 (22-05-2009)

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This report outlines the development of the SAFER-Data (Secure Archive for Environmental Research Data) system. It is a data/information collection and management system. There is no spatial or geographical linkages. SAFER-Data collects data and information primarily from researchers in Ireland but is open to access and use from all of the European Member States.

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Environmental science researchers are now using and generating ever-increasing volumes of data and information about our natural world. It is estimated that the Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA's) STRIVE (Science, Technology, Research and Innovation for the Environment) research funding programme will "involve more than 1,000 researchers and company-based scientists over its seven-year lifetime". The EPA's Environmental Research Centre (ERC) expects that large volumes of environmental data and information will be generated by projects funded by STRIVE. One of the key objectives of the STRIVE programme is to make the outcomes and data from this research available "in a coherent and timely manner which will ensure synergies across the wider research agenda and early availability of these outputs into the formulation of policy. This project was establised for the development of the environmental research data archive by the EPA and the development of SAFER-Data to provide web-based access to this system. SAFER-Data provides a one-stop shop for any stakeholder looking to access data resources generated by EPA-funded research projects.
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SAFER-Data is under ongoing development. Usage statistics about SAFER-Data are available to the public at any time at http://erc.epa.ie/safer/information/siteTrafficInformation.jsp Information about registering for an account on SAFER-Data is available at http://erc.epa.ie/safer/information/aboutSAFER.jsp
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