About us

The Relu Data Support Service helped researchers of the Rural Economy and Land Use (Relu) Programme manage their data throughout the research lifecycle. It co-ordinated the archiving of Relu research data in established data centres to make them available for future research.

Relu (2004-2013) brought together research communities with different cultures and practices of data management and sharing and was at the forefront of cross-disciplinary data management and sharing by developing a proactive data management policy and the first cross-council Data Support Service. Its systematic approach drew on best practice from its constituent Research Councils.

For the duration of the Relu Programme (2004-2013), the Relu Data Support Service (Relu-DSS) provided proactive data management guidance and support to the Programme's researchers and co-ordinated the archiving of interdisciplinary data collections at both the UK Data Archive and the Environmental Information Data Centre.

For the first time for the Research Councils, a portal brings together data and other research outputs and publications.

Relu funded a dedicated support service, co-ordinated between the UK Data Archive and the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology (CEH) at Lancaster, to realise its data sharing policy.

This data policy expected researchers - with support from the Relu-DSS - to plan a data management strategy for their research and manage their data well throughout their research, with data archived at data centres funded by the Research Councils when research finished.


The Relu Knowledge Portal provides:

Close collaboration of Relu-DSS with researchers has culminated in extensive data management and sharing resources, available via the UK Data Service.

Document stack

Access key documents, publications and presentations by the Relu Data Support Service.

Contact us

Contact us
How to reach the Relu-DSS team.

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What is Relu?
The interdisciplinary Relu programme (2004-2013) studied the social, economic, environmental and technological challenges facing rural areas in Britain.