Research 192: Connecting Data and Environmental Research at the Environmental Protection Agency

Author: Peter Mooney

Summary: Research 192 Connecting Data and Environmental Research at the Environmental Protection Agency

Published: 2016

ISBN: 978-1-84095-672-6

Pages: 48

Filesize: 3,187KB

Format: pdf

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Informing Policy
Access to timely and good quality environmental research data and information is essential for environmental management and policy development. The technological solutions outlined in this report have supported Ireland’s efforts in relation to INSPIREcompliant reporting on Air Quality Directive and provided support for Open Access and Open Data in the area of environmental research.

Developing Solutions
This Fellowship has developed a number of technological solutions to support, encourage and facilitate the management, curation, sharing and access to environmental research data and information. The most prominent solution is SAFER (Secure Archive for Environmental Research Data), which provides an environmental research data management system for researchers and the EPA. There are over 3,000 dataset files available from environmental research projects and from EPA activities such as Air Quality monitoring and Water Quality testing. In addition to SAFER, solutions such as DROPLET and the Horizon 2020 Catalogue of Environmental Expertise in Ireland provides ways to consolidate research outputs, build research networks and collaborations, and reduce duplication of research effort.