Formed in response to the NERC Technologies Theme Action Plan, InformaTEC's aims are to help establish a supportive and vibrant community within technology fields for discussion, horizon scanning and dissemination of information.
InformaTEC has been set up in recognition of the increasing societal requirements for models that accurately predict the impacts of environmental change upon society and the consequent impacts of that role on NERC's data centres and science strategy must also be developed. This will require new approach and technologies to be made available to the UK informatics scientists to deliver in this new paradigm.
InformaTEC is facilitated by the National Geoscience Data Centre (hosted by the NERC's British Geological Survey) and the Environmental Information Data Centre (hosted by NERC's Centre for Ecology and Hydrology). Between them they manage and deliver a wealth of environmental data and information of national and international importance.
NERC's intention is that:
'...each technology cluster must aim to support and enhance capability in a specific technology area and contribute new approaches to relevant NERC Science Themes. The clusters should provide communities with a forum for technology sharing, training and networking between NERC communities and externally with other researchers, industry and policy makers/regulators. The clusters should aim to improve co-ordination and collaboration of environmental technology research activities and assist in building a NERC technology community. Key requirements will be inclusiveness across the scientific and stakeholder communities and a clear programme of activities for the cluster, utilising appropriate and varied networking, knowledge exchange and training methods...'