The Association of Local Environmental Records Centres (ALERC) has been commissioned by Centre for Environmental Data and Recording (CEDaR) to conduct a “data health check”. This is an investigation into the data holdings of CEDaR to find out where they are strongest and where they could be improved. A crucial part of this investigation is to canvass the views of the CEDaR’s stakeholders – those people who either submit data to CEDaR, or use data from CEDaR, or might do either of these things but for some reason don’t.
Views from stakeholders are very important because they will help understand how CEDaR is / isn’t meeting people’s needs and will in turn inform recommendations for improvement. To try to ensure all opinions are captured, this questionnaire has been created and I would be very grateful if you could find the time to complete it. It has been designed to be quick and easy to complete, but with space for you to include extra detail if you wish.
To further the investigation, we will be looking at the results of the questionnaire in detail at a full day workshop on Tuesday 12th February at Cultra Manor. This event will present the findings of the questionnaire and seek to answer important questions such as what priorities should be for data acquisition, sharing and using data widely, ensuring data performs a vital role in decision making and how these goals might be addressed. If you would like to attend this session, please complete the booking form here. Lunch will be provided and more details on the agenda for the day will be released in due course.
Please be aware that even if you can’t attend the workshop, your questionnaire responses will still be gratefully received. Conversely, attendance at the workshop is not dependent on completing the questionnaire (although it is desirable).
For more information contact Tom Hunt, Association of Local Environmental Records Centres
National Coordinator, [email protected], 07972131035.