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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 (AEKOS), 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.


AEKOS Data Stories

Come and meet just a few of the many Eco-Informatics users and explore how the AEKOS data infrastructure is helping TERN's end-user community work more collaboratively, efficiently and effectively.



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 AEKOS.
  • An online library of all the ecological data collection methods used for data stored in AEKOS.
  • 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:

Facility Contacts:
Mr Ben Sparrow
Director, Eco-Informatics
University of Adelaide
W: www.ecoinformatics.org.au
Dr Anita Smyth
Data Facilitator
P: +61 8 8313 1270

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