Building on the Atlas (of Living Australia)


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Presentation given at Atlas of Living Australia Science Symposium 2013. Discusses Australian National Data Service Applications program and two specific projects: Soils to Satellites (also involving TERN), and Edgar Bird Species distribution.

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  • There are 25 of these, but let me talk about two
  • Not this Atlas, obviously, but still elements of standing on shoulders of giants
  • Co-location because the data is getting too big to moveFor the Auscover data, ALA pre-computes the value of each of the AusCover layers at each of the 40M occurrence locations
  • Building on the Atlas (of Living Australia)

    1. 1. Building on (the) Atlas:Bringing data together toanswer new questionsDr Andrew Treloar, Director ofTechnology1CC-BY @atreloar
    2. 2. Australian National Data Service An initiative of the Australian Government beingconducted as part of the National CollaborativeResearch Infrastructure Strategy ($A24M) and theSuper Science Initiative ($A48M) through DIICCSRTE A collaboration between Monash University, theAustralian National University and CSIRO 30 staff, funded to mid 2015 More researchers re-using more data more often Data as a first-class objectCC-BY @atreloar 2
    3. 3. ANDS enables transformation of:Data that are:UnmanagedDisconnectedInvisibleSingle useTo Structured Collections that are:ManagedConnectedFindableReusableso that Australian researchers can easilypublish, discover, access and use/re-use research data.CC-BY @atreloar 3
    4. 4. ANDS Applications Program Produce compelling demonstrations of the valueof having data available for re-use that will result in data being transformed or integrated acrossmultiple sources to produce new forms of information thatenable innovative, high-quality research outcomes deliver value to a high-profile research champion be relevant to a range of government portfolios engage with national research capabilitiesCC-BY @atreloar 4
    5. 5. Two ALA-related case studies Soils to Satellites Edgar5CC-BY @atreloar
    6. 6. Soils to SatellitesIntegration of disparate dataTREND & Ausplots ecological data (ÆKOS, CSIRO NSA)• Plot-based plant community data• Soil characterisation data - structure, pH ,nutrients, carbon etcAtlas of Living Australia (spatially represented data)• Species occurrence and distribution data• Environmental characteristicsTERN AusCover (biophysical remote sensing data)• multi-spectral characteristics of site.TREND genomics data (BPA, SARDI, BGI, BOLD)• Opaque “blobs” of genomics data including barcodesequences, Soil Metagenomics data , isotope data
    7. 7. Edgar – Shows locations where a bird species has beenobserved Uses this information to calculate and display howwell the climate across Australia suits that species Shows an animation of how the suitable climatefor a species may change into the future Allows registered users to improve its accuracy byclassifying observationsCC-BY @atreloar 7
    8. 8. Edgar and ALA Biocache Edgar relies on ALA data and back-end servicesdeveloped by ALA under this project as Biocacheextensions Biocache designed to aggregate occurrence data from multiple sources provide data quality checks and cleaning of the data support assertions by the data made by software or people provide webservice access to this data to facilitate re-use in otherportals. More at @atreloar
    9. 9. Building on AtlasCC-BY
    10. 10. What made these projects possible? Open access to the data Licensing that allows re-use Co-location of data and tools Web services over the data Pre-computation where appropriate ALA as a unique national resource10CC-BY @atreloar
    11. 11. Thanks Soils to Satellites Peter Doherty (PM) Prof. Andy Lowe, Adelaide project team Edgar Marianne Brown (PM) A/Prof Jeremy Vanderwal,JCU Prof Stephen Garnett,CDU project team ALA developers11CC-BY @atreloar
    12. 12. Questions? @atreloar @atreloar 12