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Perryman, S. A. M., Castells-Brooke, N. I. D., Glendining, M. J., Goulding, K. W. T., Hawkesford, M. J., Macdonald, A. J., Ostler, R. J., Poulton, P. R., Rawlings, C. J., Scott, T. and Verrier, P. J. 2018. The electronic Rothamsted Archive (e-RA): an online resource for data from the Rothamsted long-term experiments. Scientific Data. 5, p. 180072.
|Authors||Perryman, S. A. M., Castells-Brooke, N. I. D., Glendining, M. J., Goulding, K. W. T., Hawkesford, M. J., Macdonald, A. J., Ostler, R. J., Poulton, P. R., Rawlings, C. J., Scott, T. and Verrier, P. J.|
The electronic Rothamsted Archive, e-RA, provides a permanent managed database to both securely store and to disseminate data from Rothamsted Research’s long-term field experiments (since 1843) and meteorological stations (since 1853). Both historical and contemporary data are made available via this online database which provides the scientific community with access to a unique continuous record of agricultural experiments and weather measured since the mid-19th century. Qualitative information, such as treatment and management practices, plans and soil information, accompanies the data and are made available on the e-RA website. e-RA was released externally to the wider scientific community in 2013 and this paper describes its development, content, curation and the access process for data users. Case studies illustrate the diverse applications of the data, including its original intended purposes and recent unforeseen applications. Usage monitoring demonstrates the data are of increasing interest. Future developments, including adopting FAIR data principles, are proposed as the resource is increasingly recognised as a unique archive of data relevant to sustainable agriculture, agroecology and the environment.
|Keywords||Electronic-Rothamsted archive (e-RA); Database; Open access data; FAIR data; Data sharing; Knowledge generation; Sustainable intensification : agriculture; Agroecology; Long-term experiments - LTE|
|Year of Publication||2018|
|Journal citation||5, p. 180072|
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)||doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.72|
|Open access||Published as ‘gold’ (paid) open access|
|Funder||Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council|
|Funder project or code||The Rothamsted Long Term Experiments [2017-2022]|
|Online||15 May 2018|
|Publication process dates|
|Accepted||22 Mar 2018|
|Publisher||Nature Publishing Group|
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