Value and Impact of the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC)

Welcome to the BADC Value and Impact Study project web page.

This web page has been set-up to support dissemination of information on the Value and Impact of the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) study. The project commenced in July 2012 and will conclude in July 2013.


JISC, the Research Councils and other funders together with HEIs are investing substantial resources in projects and services for research data. It is a high priority area for funders and institutions, and there is strong interest in establishing the value and sustainability of this investment.

Although a number of studies have looked at methods of determining cost benefit and broad indicators of value, there remain significant challenges in establishing baseline data for measuring this in any quantitative way and there are still only a relatively small number of socio-economic studies focussing specifically on the impact of data services or research data infrastructure.

Currently John Houghton and Charles Beagrie Ltd are working on a study for JISC on the Impact of the Archaeology Data Service and have also recently completed a study for ESRC on the economic impact of the Economic and Social Research Data Service (ESDS). Effectively this has applied and adapted methodologies to Social Science disciplines (ESDS) and to a Humanities discipline (ADS).

The partners have selected the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) as a science research community and data repository that is very different from that of either ESDS or ADS, so that the work builds on existing studies and is complementary. The study is being funded by JISC and the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC).


The project partners will extend testing and development of the economic and survey collection methods to the BADC data centre, thus further refining the economic methods used in ESDS and being used in ADS, testing and proving them in a different disciplinary area.


Project Plan (PDF file).

The main future project outputs will be:

  • A user and depositor community survey;
  • A final report.

Outputs will be made available from this project web page.

The Value and Impact of the British Atmospheric Data Centre (BADC) Final Report  (PDF file).


For further information see: