Tuesday, 3 September 2013

S2S stands out at ALA Science Symposium

Congratulations to the Soils-to Satellites (S2S) team for an excellent example of a successful collaboration between National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy(NCRIS) capability . The team showed how different types of data from different platforms can be integrated and visualised to support reuse by researchers for new scientific enquiry. Some participants considered the presentation by Martin Pullan, Project Manager at TERN’s Eco-informatics Facility and Peter Doherty, the Program Manager at the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) to be among the best at the Symposium.

The ALA hosted its first Science Symposium recently at the CSIRO Discovery Centre in Canberra with 27 speakers presenting on topics from taxonomy to data infrastructure. Scientists attend many conferences to keep up-to-date with new developments in their field of study.  Often, the gems of new information at any one conference can be counted on one hand and the S2S incubator project stood out as one of these. A presentation that followed on from our talk by Dr Andrew Treloar, IT Director at the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) also highlighted the successful collaborative nature of our project and he stated it was his favourite ANDS application development project.

S2S project although a 'proof of concept' has the potential to be leading infrastructure for accessing data on Australia’s nature and environments. A strong data alliance is already in place for further roll out of the application and once it has been released in the next few days we hope you support its ongoing development via this blog.

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