Moving forward to sharing ecosystem data and sustaining long-term ecosystem research 2011 TERN Symposium<br />
Moving forward to sharing ecosystem data and sustaining long-term ecosystem research <br />TERN’s Principles and Science Q...
TERN’s Principles: Updates?<br />Understanding and advancing our understanding  of Australia’s ecosystems and the challeng...
Science questions driving TERN and its facilities:<br />
Learning from other ecosystem data collection, sharing  + synthesis programs ?<br />Are there existing ecosystem data coll...
TERN’s facilities and their collective impact:<br />TERN Portal<br />ACEAS<br />Ecoinformatics<br />Auscover<br />Ozflux<b...
TERN’s facilities and their collective impact:<br />
TERN’s facilities and their collective impact:<br />
Valuing data sharing and collaboration<br />Is the sharing of data and knowledge on the basis of  “good will to improve th...
TERN’s relationship to environmental data: collection, storage, analysis and distribution <br />Data  and meta-data  uploa...
TERN’s Portals <br />- Infrastructure for Sharing and Collaboration<br />
Sustaining TERN?<br /><ul><li>  Key requirements for building a sustainable TERN:
 People
 Co-operation
 Funding
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  1. 1. Moving forward to sharing ecosystem data and sustaining long-term ecosystem research 2011 TERN Symposium<br />
  2. 2. Moving forward to sharing ecosystem data and sustaining long-term ecosystem research <br />TERN’s Principles and Science Questions<br />Learning from other ecosystem data collection + synthesis activities<br />TERN’s facilities and their collective impact<br />Valuing data sharing and collaboration<br />TERN’s Portals - Infrastructure for Sharing and Collaboration<br />Other drivers for TERN<br />Sustaining TERN?<br />
  3. 3. TERN’s Principles: Updates?<br />Understanding and advancing our understanding of Australia’s ecosystems and the challenges they face, requires:<br />Sharing of knowledge and data in appropriate ways.<br />A “network” of like-minded scientists with common requirements for quality assured, archived long term data sets, and the capacity to act collaboratively to request research and infrastructure funding <br />Individual ecosystem scientists being willing to share their knowledge and data, based on the understanding that it is contributing to the collective benefit of the ecosystem <br />TERN is being built as a resource to be shared by the ecosystem science community;<br />d. TERN data sets will be shared and used under proper licensing conditions that enables free and public access, but enables the data user and contributor to advance their work.<br />
  4. 4. Science questions driving TERN and its facilities:<br />
  5. 5. Learning from other ecosystem data collection, sharing + synthesis programs ?<br />Are there existing ecosystem data collection and synthesis programs we can learn from?<br />What makes these programs successful, in terms of being engaged with and used by communities?<br />Are these programs sustainable? <br />
  6. 6. TERN’s facilities and their collective impact:<br />TERN Portal<br />ACEAS<br />Ecoinformatics<br />Auscover<br />Ozflux<br />Multi-scale <br />Plot Network<br />Coasts<br />Soils <br />Scaling, Integration <br />and modelling<br />Develop and implement long-term <br />sustainability plans.<br />Design <br />infrastructure<br />Project <br />Plan<br />Establish/Engage <br />Community(ies) <br />Data portal (data, meta-data, processes)<br />Build + Deploy <br />Infrastructure<br />Deliver<br />Data on <br />portal<br />Data <br />Licensing<br />
  7. 7. TERN’s facilities and their collective impact:<br />
  8. 8. TERN’s facilities and their collective impact:<br />
  9. 9. Valuing data sharing and collaboration<br />Is the sharing of data and knowledge on the basis of “good will to improve the knowledge base of ecosystem science” in Australia sufficient to actively support TERN?<br />What are the explicit returns to be made to researchers and research agencies for sharing their data sets?<br />Financial<br />Performance and Impact Assessment<br />How do we establish these new “values” for sharing and collaboration?<br />
  10. 10. TERN’s relationship to environmental data: collection, storage, analysis and distribution <br />Data and meta-data upload, cataloging, license and storage<br />Data collection <br />activities<br />Integration, analysis and synthesis of long-term data sets to address key science and management questions<br />Protocols for Data collection , meta-data and analysis<br />Data + meta–data search and retrieval<br />Networks of ecosystem scientists focussed on data collection/regions<br />Formal “community” representing ecosystem scientists and managers in Australia to establish and seek long-term recurrent funding to support TERN and collection and analysis.<br />
  11. 11. TERN’s Portals <br />- Infrastructure for Sharing and Collaboration<br />
  12. 12. Sustaining TERN?<br /><ul><li> Key requirements for building a sustainable TERN:
  13. 13. People
  14. 14. Co-operation
  15. 15. Funding
  16. 16. Co-investment
  17. 17. Long term research
  18. 18. Understanding, Monitoring and Managing Australian Ecosystems </li></ul> Requires Integration across Environments and Disciplines<br /><ul><li> Integrated Ecosystem Research Networks – Marine-Terrestrial-</li></ul> Atmospheric-Geological<br />
  19. 19. Sustaining TERN?<br />Core Activities<br />Infrastructure for Pure and Applied Research<br />TERN’s focus is on understanding, monitoring and managing Australian ecosystems. <br />Community engagement<br />A broad range of users will be able to access research on biophysical components of Australia’s ecosystems; to understand their composition and how they are changing over time. <br />Operational management<br />TERN Central will serve as the single entry point to TERN for the public and for key users of TERN data in the ecosystem science community in Australia and internationally and ecosystem management programs in Australia at national and state levels.<br />Developing and Supporting Long-term Ecosystem Research<br />To ensure its sustainability, TERN will migrate to other spheres and seek alternative funding sources and revenue streams as it works towards its vision of 2014 and beyond. <br />
  20. 20. Key statement from the discussion paper:<br />“Long-term and standardised observations of our environment are perhaps the most important contribution research infra-structure can make to support our understanding of how our environment is changing. <br />This was a priority in the 2006 and 2008 Roadmaps and remains the top priority.” <br />(DIISR, 2011: 13)<br />
  21. 21. Project Outcomes from TERN: <br /> Operational and self-sustaining network of ecosystem research scientists and infrastructure that enables storage, discovery and sharing of ecosystem research data.<br />Activities Used to Achieve Outcomes:<br /><ul><li>Organisational and administrative structures
  22. 22. Networks of personnel and data
  23. 23. Ecosystem Data portals and standards
  24. 24. Enabling data downloads and licensing
  25. 25. Enabling data uploads and licensing
  26. 26. Shifting ecosystem research to a more collaborative paradigm that rewards sharing and cooperative use of data.</li></li></ul><li>Evaluations and Questions?<br />Professor Stuart Phinn<br />tern.director@uq.edu.au<br />Assoc. Professor Alison Specht<br />aceas@uq.edu.au<br />www.tern.org.au<br />

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