Australia: Australian National Data Service (ANDS) has granted funds to cyberinfrastructure professionals from the Australian Government’s National Collaboration Research Infrastructure Strategy program (NCRIS) to build a Soils-to-Satellites online tool.
“This one-year project unifies and combines spatial, multi-spectral remote sensing, ecological and genomics data in a single tool to meet the interdisciplinary data needs of scientists studying and managing Australian terrestrial ecosystems. Soils-to-Satellites will enable data users to analyse and display different types of research data more effectively,” said Craig Walker, Director of the Eco-informatics Facility of the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) at the University of Adelaide.
The Soils-to-Satellites tool will enable researchers to explore and display relationships between disconnected data sets in ways not previously experienced. For example, they will be able to display ’layers’ of Australian environmental data such as elevation, temperature or soil type, and then ‘drill down’ to compare vegetation and genomics data across those layers and to perform subsequent analyses across the combined datasets. Datasets identified through the tool will be described in Research Data Australia (ANDS’ research data discovery service) for discovery and re-use by the research community.
Peter Doherty, Programme Manager of the Atlas of Living Australia, said “Thanks to support from ANDS and DIISRTE, this project is a great example of adding value to Australia’s investment in e-research assets. We are pleased to be collaborating with the leading national research capabilities of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) for terrestrial ecosystems to build the Soils-to-Satellites tool. Both teams are looking forward to combining our collective data infrastructure expertise and make ecosystem science even more productive and effective.”