The Natural Capital Explorer
is a dashboard developed with data from Defra and the Developer Portal. It brings together various indicators of the national ecosystem and applies them at parish level. This enables the ecosystem services and the impact on the environment provided by, for example, woodland, fens, and cover crops to be assessed objectively at a local level.
The information is displayed graphically so that different parishes can be compared and implications of a change in land-use can be explored more effectively. Davis explains that the dashboard has many applications, from mapping information across value-chains, to displaying data from different government sources to make integrated decisions about land use and environmental management.
The other application is Agrimetrics Data Combine
, a web-based tool that provides support to decision making on crop varietal choice. The application provides benchmark information to users on the performance of alternative varieties in similar environmental conditions. It is based on data provided by farmers in exchange for the benchmark.
By crowd-sourcing data, and combining it with data held in the portal, Agrimetrics is creating a comprehensive record on varietal performance in real-world conditions.