Environmental Information Update 2, December 2011

Welcome to the December 2011 Environmental Information Update. In this edition we feature four closely-related stories about the work NIWA is doing to improve the collection, storage and accessibility of environmental information.

Metadata – information about how, where, when and by whom environmental information has been collected – is vitally important to researchers, as it enables them to assess the reliability and comparability of the information they are using.

Following several years' intensive effort, NIWA is now making station metadata (SIMS) and dataset metadata (DC) available through standard web services, using its environmental information (EI) browser as a prototype tool for discovery. Find out more in the articles below.