Essential Data Management

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This is a presentation given by Tom at the GEMG conference in May, 2012. The presentation was about what you need to do to undertake essential data management - not necessarily just implement technology!

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  • Essential Data Management

    1. 1. Essential Data Management Tom Brownlie Gaia ResourcesPresented at GEMG, 17th May 2012
    2. 2. *Free as in fresh air !
    3. 3. Why all this data? Answering a question Now or later - preparedness Sharing is good Because you can? Didn’t know you had it! But consider...
    4. 4. Terminology Rubbish! Pants?
    5. 5. AccuracyOr do I mean precision
    6. 6. A pilots typing mistake on a computer was central to a botched takeoff… that saw the plane scrape along the tarmac, smashing runway lights and navigation equipment, a two and a half year air safety investigation has found.Technical innovations of new software programs to alert pilots to dataerrors or to raise cockpit alerts about abnormal takeoffperformance appear mired in bureaucratic slowness or a lack ofinterest by overseas safety regulators, the report reveals.The co-pilot had entered "262.9" tonnes for the aircrafts weight, instead ofthe correct weight of 362.9 tonnes a 100 tonne mistake."It was, however, considered most likely that the first officer made atyping slip, where the 2 key was accidentally pressed instead of theadjacent 3 key, and that he did not detect the error," investigators said.The airline introduced the duplication of laptops for pre-flight planning toensure dual-independent data entry and flight performance calculations.It improved software on the laptops.
    7. 7. Regulation 15 requires that that an Environment Plan (EP)includes arrangements for the recording, monitoring andreporting of information to DMP about the activity sufficientto enable DMP to determine whether the environmentalperformance objectives and standards in the EP have beenmet.
    8. 8. Recommend - define The question – your purpose The data you need The supporting process and tools Baby steps
    9. 9. Baby steps: Appropriate solution Only use a small percentage of features, why pay for more? If it ain’t broke... Who could fix it?
    10. 10. Help? If too complicated, what do you do?
    11. 11. Baby steps – data processing Paper  Excel  central data store + Field collection + reporting + Statistics + maps!... Data, data, data, data ...
    12. 12. “Reduce change fatigue, needsimple, user friendly, robust,knowledge management tool”Rosemary Lane, GEMG 2010
    13. 13. Baby step: Examples 1. Define your data 2. Data processing 3. Analysis
    14. 14. Baby steps 1: Define your data - Custodian - Review - Justify data - Standards set you free Collaborate - Existing standards - Share data, e.g. Aerial Photography
    15. 15. Baby steps: data processing • Paper  Excel •  central data store • + Field collection • + reporting • + Statistics • + maps!...
    16. 16. Baby Steps 2: Central data store + tools Developing flexible, open source web-based (and mobile-compatible) software that will enable a wide range of parties to record and manage records of Australian biodiversity Software is called the Biological Data Recording System, and has been in development for close to a year – by Gaia Resources
    17. 17. BDRS e.g. 1 Biodiversity Snapshots www.biodiversitysnapshots.net.au
    18. 18. BDRS e.g. 2 Dieback Information Delivery & Management System
    19. 19. Form connections Technology to jump through hoops, not people
    20. 20. BDRS – go for it! Available now to take and use – but requires some setup knowledge of web server style software http://tinyurl.com/6qd5z3j Please ask if you want to know more
    21. 21. Baby steps 3: Spatial analysis Problem: Unknown volume of waste dumps Many possible solutions Tricky – unknown base height!
    22. 22. Thanks Tony Fitzgibbon
    23. 23. Explaining GIS Maps? Data analysis and display An arm of Information Technology? Define your problem – not a solution Try explaining what you do to a 9 year old. If you fail...
    24. 24. What’s the next technology…
    25. 25. Data Deluge? Data <> information Ideas Standards set you free Communicate Share your data/information? Don’t let technology rule you Baby steps
    26. 26. Thanks for listening Questions? Ask away, or drop me a line… Tom Brownlie tom@gaiaresources.com.au 045 999 0257

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