On 6 November 2023, EaSy Data was inaugurated, the long-tail data repository for the Earth and environment system, for which BRGM is prime contractor.
6 December 2023
Home page of the EaSy Data repository.

Home page of the EaSy Data repository.

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Initiated in 2018 by the Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the National Plan for Open Science is a strategy for opening up and sharing data, publications and source codes. This plan makes it compulsory to widely disseminate data from publicly-funded projects.

This approach has led to the creation of repositories in which research data can be stored and referenced. This is the background to the launch of EaSy Data (Earth System Data Repository), supported by the Data Terra e-Research Infrastructure and implemented by BRGM.

EaSy Data, the long-tail data repository on the Earth system and the environment

EaSy Data is the national thematic repository for so-called "orphan" or long-tail data from the Environment and Earth System. Its purpose is to capitalise on research data and assign them a DOI (Digital Object Identifier) to make them accessible and reusable for the Earth and environmental sciences research community.

As a cross-cutting service of the Data Terra research infrastructure, EaSy Data is a trusted data warehouse guaranteeing a simplified, visible and lasting repository that complies with community standards and the FAIR (Easy to Find, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable) principles.

What are long tail data?

These are data resulting from research work whose production, preservation and dissemination are not organised on a permanent or community basis. A large proportion of long tail data is "orphaned", in the sense that there is no data repository service to preserve it and make it accessible to the scientific community.

BRGM’s open science policy

BRGM, the French geological survey, is a leading national and European player in the field of science and information on ground and the subsurface and its resources. It is playing a growing role as a reference centre for ground and subsurface data, both for the State and on behalf of European and international institutions.

In 2022, BRGM launched its open science policy based on 4 principles:

  • Ensuring compliance with French open science and data policy and regulations
  • Ensuring that the intellectual property of scientific results and data is respected
  • Managing scientific data throughout its life cycle by applying the FAIR principles
  • Ensuring the long term preservation and dissemination of data and results 

The implementation of the EaSy Data repository is one of the actions carried out by BRGM as part of this policy.