NERC and TSB join forces to encourage reuse of environmental data

5 June, 2013 | in DCC News
By: Kevin Ashley

For governments around the world one of the drivers for the move to open data is a belief that it will encourage data reuse and that that reuse will improve economic performance. This requires data to be reused outside the domain which generated it. We need to see data move between the administrative, academic and commercial sectors more often and more easily than we do now. The UK's Technology Strategy Board (TSB) are preparing a funding call to stimulate commercial reuse of data from NERC's network of environmental data centres - "New Business Solutions from Environmental Data." Details of the call are not yet live, but we know that a series of facilitated workshops are to be held over the summer to explore the feasibility of ideas for exploitation, to familiarise bidders with the range of data available and to bring together potential partners from the commercial and academic sectors.

The workshops will be held as follows:

  • 5th July – London
  • 5th September – Manchester
  • 10th September – Bristol
  • 18th September – Glasgow

Further workshops will follow exploring the data in more detail and firming up consortia to bid. Funded projects will start in January 2014. There's £2m available in total, with projects typically receiving £100,000 to £150,000 each. Innovation and creative data reuse will be key. If that suits you, make sure you attend one of the programme workshops and start thinking about partnerships.


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