The Australian Spatial Research Data Commons (ASRDC) project is a major collaborative project between CSIRO and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). The ASRDC project directly supports the existing infrastructure deployment to Government agencies supplying pre-competitive geo-science information as well as to other earth science related agencies including those required for ground and surface water, energy, agriculture, carbon capture and storage.
The ASRDC shares a common goal of data interoperability with the national AuScope and Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS) projects and seeks to leverage their technical developments and services to replicate their success with deployments beyond the geo-science realm. The establishment of the Spatial Information Services Stack (SISS) is a consequence of the increasing complexity of spatial data integration and the need to interact with multiple communities of interest through access to spatial data, information and services based on open standards for interoperability. SISS aims to provide an information exchange layer above data sources and to work with the providers and consumers of spatial data to assist them in adopting the access and exchange mechanisms. SISS will build on existing open source software to develop common software components that can be deployed with spatial data holdings to make the holdings accessible within the spatial data commons.
CSIRO approached VeRSI to support activity with the ASRDC in future SISS deployments and to expand the breadth of deployments beyond just geo-science agencies; principally through VeRSI’s engagement with a widening consortium of Victorian research communities and State Departments, like the Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE). VeRSI members have also identified a need for such capability focusing on data coordination efforts across specific geo-data themes, and in the applied use of geospatial tools.
The DPI engagement will involve data coordination around Groundwater datasets, and will be a potential collaboration with the University of Ballarat and DSE.
This Project has now been completed
Project title Groundwater Data Discovery and Visualisation
Start date April 2011 End date April 2012
Lead institute University of Ballarat and Department of Primary Industries Victoria (DPI)
Principal investigator University of Ballarat: Peter Dahlhaus, Senior Lecturer, Geology
Partner PIs and/or Institutions Data Custodians: DPI-Vic: Steve Williams and Don Cherry - Future Farming Systems Research, DPI. SISS Collaborators: CSIRO - Ryan Fraser, Project Leader - AuScope Grid, SISS and Australian Spatial Research Data Commons
Partner Sponsor Helen Thompson – Director, Centre for eCommerce & Communications (CeCC), University of Ballarat
Partner project management Andrew McLeod, CeCC, University of Ballarat and Peter Dahlhaus, University of Ballarat
VeRSI executive sponsor Dr Ann Borda – VeRSI Executive Director
VeRSI project management King Lung Chiu (Jan –May 2012) – VeRSI software engineer/analyst; Dr. Armin Schmidt (Jan-Apr 2012) – VeRSI consultant/domain expert
Formerly: Conal Tuohy (to Dec 2011) and Damien Mannix (to Dec 2011)
Keywords: Groundwater | Data | Federation | Spatial Research | ASRDC | National Data Service | ANDS | SISS | AuScope | Spatial Information | DPI | Collaboration | DSE | University of Ballarat