Mission

We aim to support environmental science, further environmental data archival practices, and develop and deploy new technologies to enhance access to data. Additionally we provide services to aid large scale data analysis.

Our mission:

  • Operate world-class data curation services, and in particular the NERC Data Centres for NCAS and NCEO
  • Manage state-of-the-art storage and compute infrastructure (JASMIN), in close collaboration with STFC Scientific Computing Department
  • Facilitate environmental science by running data and information services
  • Develop new data service technologies
  • Build and maintain close contact with the research community
  • Provide a national capability for data management in EO and Atmospheric sciences
  • Contribute to and learn from the national and international community
  • Enable scientific, societal and economic impact through use of our data and services
  • Foster staff development in the CEDA team so that we have the skills we need - data management, software development, e-infrastructure and project management
  • Run data archives in accordance with best practice
  • Continual standards-driven improvement of CEDA infrastructure and services
  • Carry out projects that develop and enhance data and information services
  • Active participation in digital curation and (environmental and geospatial) informatics fields
  • Active participation in environmental research programmes
  • Publicise and promote CEDA Archive and JASMIN services and products
  • Provide advice and support to others on data and information management services
  • Encourage data set citation
  • Support users of CEDA and JASMIN, via helpdesk, documentation and training
  • Deal with, and where relevant take advantage of, disruptive changes in information technology
  • Communicate our capability and achievements via a range of channels
  • Effectively manage CEDA budgets and resources
  • Monitoring of data centre performance, via access and ingest statistics
  • Monitoring of JASMIN usage statistics
  • Financial analysis of CEDA as a unit, not unrelated project codes
  • Collect metrics of data use in science programmes; for example data citations
  • Monitor uptake of software products developed
  • Gather and assess user feedback
  • Publications in journals and conference proceedings
  • Evidence of realising benefits of externally funded projects
  • We feel we are doing a worthwhile job
  • Research community recognises the utility of the activities performed by CEDA
  • Recognition of CEDA as an organisation that is good at what it does
  • UK academics producing data get academic rewards for doing so
  • We are successful at winning funding through competitive bids
  • External organisations want to collaborate with us
  • CEDA staff are invited to contribute to national and international workshops, conferences, working groups and committees
  • Our services are provided on behalf of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) via the National Centre for Atmospheric Science (NCAS) and the National Centre for Earth Observation (NCEO). CEDA is based within the RAL Space department of the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). JASMIN is co-managed by CEDA and STFC's Scientific Computing Department.  

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