Modernising Energy Data Access – Glossary

Published: 13 August 2021

Data is the single biggest enabler of a decarbonised, decentralised and digitised energy future. It’s the tool that will bridge the gap between where we are now versus where we need to be – to achieve Net Zero carbon emissions by 2050.

The Modernising Energy Data Access (MEDA) competition was set up by Innovate UK and the Modernising Energy Data group to help develop the concept of a Common Data Architecture (CDA) for the Energy Sector.

‘Metadata is the backbone of digital curation. Without it, a digital resource is irretrievable, unidentifiable or unusable’. One of the main goals of the Common Data Architecture was to establish methods that would aid in the improvement of data sharing across the energy sector, and with this comes the requirement for robust metadata standards.

A solution to the above problem is using glossaries, and often organisations create their own to give explanations and definitions to key terms and principles. However, whilst this solves the immediate problem of giving explanations for some key terms used by individual organisations, it further perpetuates the use of inconsistent terms when numerous glossaries exist with varying definitions given.

Within the second phase of MEDA, we worked on amalgamating existing glossaries to form one authoritative source for definitions and we have continued to work on this during this phase. The focus of this phase of the glossary creation, we have focussed on ensuring the glossary is fit for longevity, by maintaining the online hosting space for the glossary, and also transferring it to a machine-readable format, which can be used by all organisations.