The electronic Rothamsted Archive (e-RA): an online resource for data from the Rothamsted long-term experiments

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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.

AuthorsPerryman, 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.
Abstract

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.

KeywordsElectronic-Rothamsted archive (e-RA); Database; Open access data; FAIR data; Data sharing; Knowledge generation; Sustainable intensification : agriculture; Agroecology; Long-term experiments - LTE
Year of Publication2018
JournalScientific Data
Journal citation(5), p. 180072
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.72
Web address (URL)https://www.nature.com/articles/sdata201872
Open accessPublished as ‘gold’ (paid) open access
FunderBiotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
Funder project or codeThe Rothamsted Long Term Experiments [2017-2022]
Publisher's version
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Output statusPublished
Publication dates
Online15 May 2018
Publication process dates
Accepted22 Mar 2018
PublisherNature Publishing Group
Copyright licenseCC BY
ISSN2052-4463

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