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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.

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