Long-term desert ecology data now openly-available through diverse TERN data infrastructure
Decades of observations on Australia’s iconic arid plants and animals are now available via TERN’s data infrastructure. Our advanced data infrastructure and links to international portals enable intelligent data reuse by arid ecologists around the world.
90-years of data track change in rangeland ecosystem
Data from one of the world’s longest running arid-zone ecological monitoring projects, now openly available via TERN’s infrastructure, is helping environmental managers answer important questions about the ecology of arid zone vegetation and the changes grazing and climate change have on arid ecosystems.
The Eco-informatics Facility has cyber-infrastructure experts working with governments, researchers, educators and students to make ecological “plot” data (including quadrats, transects, pitfall traplines, cage trap arrays, and other systematic collection methods) discoverable and freely accessible.
Making data discoverable and accessible at the finest level of detail available, together with extra information about the context of data collection, opens up vast new opportunities for assessing re-purpose and enabling informed re-use of data. In doing this, the Australian ecosystem science community is able to achieve greater returns on the investment in data collection and also use the wealth of data available to address national challenges in ecology.
|A key product from the Eco-Informatics Facility is the Advanced Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (ÆKOS), a ‘one stop shop’ for ecological plot data comprising a data repository, web data portal and web services enabling data users to store, discover, access and understand the context of the data in detail. More information is available at the Eco-informatics website.|
Some of Eco-Informatics' other products and services include:
- A national information framework (including standards) for managing ecological data by using ontologies, index traits and description models.
- A long term network of key data partners from government agencies and research organisations for sharing and delivering Australia’s rich ecological plot data.
- The Submission, Harmonisation and Retrieval of Ecological Data (SHaRED) tool to provide researcher data submission that meets the needs of researchers like those participating in TERN’s Multi-Scale Plot Network.
- The Soils-to-Satellite integrated web data portal with other National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy capabilities including the Atlas of Living Australia combining spatial, multi-spectral, ecological plot and genomics data.
- Metadata for Australia’s ecological plot data in a format used by the Australian National Data Service (RIF-CS) that will be accessible via TERN’s central Data Discovery Portal.
- Collaboration through attribution, citation and acknowledgement of all researchers publishing data in ÆKOS.
- An online library of all the ecological data collection methods used for data stored in ÆKOS.
- Access to IP through open source publication of software and models.
- Practical application of the TERN Data Licensing Policy to support and encourage Open Access.
Ecological data types being collected and distributed by Eco-informatics:
University of Adelaide
More Eco-informatics news:
More than 100 years of platypus observations for 277 waterways across the breadth of Tasmania are now available for download via TERN Eco-informatics’ ÆKOS data portal.
Come explore, discover and openly access data collected from Western Australia’s unique and species rich sandplain communities via TERN’s data infrastructure.
- Creating a global vegetation database.
- TERN is lending a hand in the creation and population of a global vegetation-plot database that will assist in the development of climate change adaptation strategies.
- People using TERN: Margarita Goumas. A project officer in Parks Australia’s Biodiversity Science and Knowledge Management section is using TERN’s data infrastructure to make national environmental data openly accessible.
- SHaRED and share alike. Publishing your data to promote re-use and citation became a whole lot easier this month with the launch of the SHaRED data submission tool. Barely a month old, SHaRED is already proving a valuable tool for individual researchers and large organisations alike.
- It has been estimated that researchers may spend up to 75% of their total project time obtaining, interpreting, and reorganising and reformatting data to suit their particular purpose. Eco-informatics is developing data infrastructure that will help Australia’s ecological researchers deal with these tasks more efficiently and effectively.
- Eco-Informatics is working to bring a treasure trove of ecological data to researchers' fingertips.
- Eco-Informatics successful establishment of data partnerships bodes well for the future of Australian data sharing.
- ÆKOS is breaking new ground by enabling datasets – existing and new – to be gathered and described so we can understand Australian ecology in ways that haven’t been possible before.
- The world-leading approach to data management being trailblazed by Eco-informatics has been recognised by an invitation to participate in a recent meeting of the DataONE Users’ Group in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Eco-Informatics, along with other NCRIS funded partners, are working together to build the new Soils-to-Satellites tool that will combine spatial, multi-spectral remote sensing, ecological and genomics data in a single tool.
Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy(NCRIS).