The ECN Data Centre

ECN Data Centre Data Policy

1. Ownership

The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) holds Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) for all ECN data jointly with each participant, participants having equal IPR with NERC for their own sites' data. Data originators retain exclusive rights to ECN data collected at their own sites for applications outside the remit of ECN.

ECN has adopted the principles of the NERC data policy for long-term management and dissemination of data.

2. Data Access and Licensing

2.1 ECN Core Data

Data collected by the ECN Network are for the public good and will be made openly available for others to use. ECN will supply data for free (unless there are specific third-party licensing arrangements in place or if a request is particularly complex). The policy allows ECN researchers a period (a maximum of two years) to work on the data exclusively before data are made available to others. Data are made available as published datasets on the CEH Environmental Information Platform, under an Open Government Licence.

2.2 ECN Summary Data

ECN summary data are freely available on this website, but subject to the conditions of use stated on the relevant internet pages. Users must accept these conditions, by pressing the 'Accept Conditions and access the Data' button, in order to pass through this page and progress with the data access interface. Users and use are logged in the ECN database by email and IP address.

3. Privacy and Cookies

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a Europe-wide law that replaces the Data Protection Act 1998 in the UK. It is part of the wider package of reform to data protection that includes the Data Protection Act (DPA) 2018. The GDPR and DPA 2018 set out requirements for how organisations will need to process personal data from 25 May 2018.

The Environmental Change Network (ECN) is coordinated by the UKRI/UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. UKCEH manages the main ECN website, the ECN Data Centre website, the ECN database and the ECN e-news service. The privacy notice is available on the main ECN website - It tells you what to expect when UKCEH collects your personal information in the course of managing ECN. This privacy notice will be revised as required; you are encouraged to revisit the privacy notice regularly to read the latest version. Please read it carefully to understand our views and practices regarding your personal data and how we will process it. By visiting and/or and other affiliated websites you are accepting and consenting to the practices described in this policy.


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Last updated: 15th July 2020

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