Prof David Walton is an Emeritus Fellow with the British Antarctic Survey (BAS), following on from 40 years working as a scientist and board member. As a member of BAS Board he was responsible for the Environmental Information Division (EID). Prof. Walton has taken a keen interest in NERC data management. The Antarctic Environmental Data Centre (AEDC) was part of his remit (part of EID). He was responsible for establishing the BAS artists and writers programme run jointly with Arts Council England.