The UK-EOF Environmental Observation Activity Catalogue is designed for ease of use. It provides a strong basis for strategic planning giving a holistic overview of activities as well as a place to:
- Discover who is doing what, where, why and when.
- Make contact with observation managers.
- Find out where the data is held and if it is available for reuse.
To keep this catalogue up to date the checking and supply of metadata will have to become 'business as usual' at least on an annual basis. Updates can be received directly from an organisation or for Marine via the United Kingdom Directory of Marine Observing Systems website,
and for biodiversity and natural systems monitoring, through the Joint Nature Conservation Committee.
In 2010, it was decided to expand the scope of the UK-EOF to include relevant social and economic information. Metadata for environmentally related social and economic datasets are being added to the catalogue. Other social and economic datasets can be searched for via the Economic and Social Research Service.
If you would like to update or add new information to the catalogue, please refer to the UK-EOF environmental observation catalogue guidelines and submit your information in the correct spreadsheet format. All Marine activities should be updated through the UKDMOS site. They will then be transferred into the UK-EOF catalogue periodically. Alternatively contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for further assistance.
The catalogue will be maintained by the UK-EOF Secretariat.
Progress and future development:
- Based on the results of a consultation with the community in February 2008, an interim catalogue was planned.
- In June 2009 a Data Solutions Workshop provided an opportunity to discuss and demonstrate the new catalogue.
- A Data Advisory Group was established and began meeting regularly.
- The interim catalogue went live in August 2009.
- By May 2010 the catalogue had over 1060 activities recorded accessed by over 700 unique users.
- In Autumn 2010 organisations updated and cleaned the information held within the catalogue. The update was the first since the launch of the catalogue and will be an annual event to ensure that information remains relevant.