Topic: Level of access for ERC data on the gateway

BMERC is working towards uploading its first datasets on the NBN gateway, initially focusing on plants. Can I ask for views on the level of access that others are considering, in particular:

For general public display
- what level of grid ref precision? (we're thinking to 1km square level)
- include recorder/determiner names or not? (we're thinking not)

For enhanced access to registered users who request it:
- what level of grid ref precision? (we're thinking full precision)
- include recorder/determiner names or not? (we're thinking yes)
- allow download of dataset? (we're thinking no, except for partners such as NE and our local authorities, if they want it)

Any other access issues we should be considering?

Thanks,
Martin

Martin Harvey

Re: Level of access for ERC data on the gateway

Hi Martin,

We have just uploaded our first Sussex dataset on to the NBN Gateway, it was Dragonfly data so we worked closely with the BDS - Sussex Group. We decided not to give Enabled Download to anyone, but to just show the data at a 1km resolution so that users can see that the data exists and if someone would like more detailed information they can contact us and go through the usual data request channels. We decided that this was the best way to proceed in order to protect the interests of our data providers and to enable us to keep functioning as a not-for-profit data-gathering organisation. The Dragonfly Recording Network will have some of the Sussex data on their NBN dataset, so we thought it wise to set the resolution the same as theirs, so as to not jeopardise the integrity of their dataset.

I hope this helps. All the best, Penny

Penny Green
Sussex Biodiversity Record Centre (SxBRC)
01273 497521 | www.sxbrc.org.uk