Accessing data

Data that MEDMI holds can be accessed in a number of ways which are described below. For all methods of accessing data, please note the Met Office’s data licence (document attached to this page).

  1. All MEDMI’s data is held on a server at the University of Exeter. It is possible to connect to the server using an SSH client, if login access has been provided.  A number of data extraction tools are loaded onto the server to enable data to be accessible and easy to link. Several of MEDMI’s projects have undertaken data-linkage in this manner, for example: linking weather parameters to infectious disease data, or the Menieres project, where weather parameters were extracted to link with Menieres’ symptom data.  This method does require some computer programming knowledge (the database module has been written in python). This method of access suits those with some programming skills and researchers who want access to raw, unfiltered data that they wish to link to other datasets or undertake time-series analysis. To apply for access, please contact Professor Lora Fleming (l.e.fleming@exeter.ac.uk).
  2. Alternatively some of the data held by MEDMI can be accessed through the web application tools that have been developed and are available on this website. As some of the data is only allowed to be accessible by named researchers (either for issues of confidentiality or licensing), MEDMI has made different versions of the tools available, for the web application browser there is a publicly available tool, which anyone can access and use. In addition, there is a comprehensive version of the tool which includes more data, this is only available to certain researchers. Details of how to apply for access is on the tools page.
  3. The project has developed menu-driven web-interface, which will enable researchers to request data by select a combination of parameters from a series of drop-down menus. The data will be extracted and made accessible to the researcher. This will enable more of the MEDMI data to be readily available to researchers. The interface is currently being tested and will go live in February 2017.