The Environment Research Funders' Forum (ERFF) hosted a workshop on 14
January 2010 at The British Library to explore emerging issues around
the collection, storage and accessibility of environmental science
information. Participants - drawn from ERFF's member organisations,
from The British Library and from other potential stakeholder groups
such as the local government and business communities - discussed
whether the current information infrastructure is working well enough to
meet funder and user needs for information in today’s complex digital
environment or whether it needs to be updated to enhance access.
The workshop was structured around 5 main discussion sessions:
-Why we need this conversation
-What enhanced access to environmental science information looks like
from the perspective of users, researchers/institutions, funders and
-What exists already that can be built on and what gaps need to be
-Confirmation – or not – of the business case
-What needs to be done to get started.
This report documents the main findings and outcomes from the workshop.