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The Environmental Science Project

Forging partnerships to deliver knowledge

“The Library is working in partnership with Living with Environmental Change to enhance research information access.”

Dr Johanna Kieniewicz
Environmental Science Research Officer

Global issues such as climate change, food security and renewable energy highlight the cross-cutting importance of environmental science research. This value is recognised in the UK through programmes such as Living with Environmental Change (LWEC), a partnership of 22 major public sector organisations. Efficient discovery and use of information is key to the LWEC partners’ research and the Science, Technology and Medicine team at the British Library is helping to co-ordinate this activity.

“Environmental science is a vast research area, with growing emphasis on cross‑cutting research, and translating research findings into policy and practice,” said Dr Johanna Kieniewicz, Environmental Science Research Officer. “The Library is working in partnership with LWEC to enhance research information access to support this for the benefit of the UK and beyond.”

Johanna Kieniewicz Elizabeth Newbold

“The Library’s work with the environmental research community has revealed an unmet demand for access to specific types of information that are not easily accessible because they have low visibility or are spread across disparate locations,” said Elizabeth Newbold, Science, Technology and Medicine Content and Collections Leader. “Our partners across LWEC see particular value in online services that can co-ordinate access and enhance discovery.”

“We are working closely with the environmental science community to understand how we can add value to their use of information,” said Elizabeth. “This project is a prime example of the way the Library is forging exciting partnerships and developing new ways to deliver knowledge where it is needed.”

 
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