University of Waterloo
Scientists, researchers, and engineers from government, academia, and related agencies such as conservation authorities are constantly collecting environmental data to better understand how our world is changing and to predict what is likely to happen in the future. This data is very valuable – especially today in the face of unprecedented global change. However, there is no standard storage repository where such data is archived for future use. Often, it is used once and then kept in a filing cabinet or personal computer, making it inaccessible to other researchers and organizations. Because of this, researchers often duplicate efforts in data collection and/or do not benefit from the insights afforded by historical data.