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Expressions of interest now invited for Data Resources Working Group

Expressions of interest are invited to join a national Data Resources Working Group to review infrastructure capabilities and requirements essential for getting the best value from our rich ecosystem data resources. EOIs can be submitted until 4 October 2015 - read below for details.

Imagine having at your fingertips a national website providing open access to all of Australia’s ecosystem data that’s properly described and stored in ways that allows you to discover, access, assess and use the data of others with less time and effort. The Ecosystem Science Council invites you to submit an expression of interest to join a national Data Resources Working Group to review and assess existing and future data infrastructure capabilities and requirements essential for getting the best value from our rich ecosystem data resources.

The call for expressions of interest is addressed to representatives of the ecosystem science and broader data management community (including data collectors, aggregators, analysts and modellers; data managers, knowledge/information modellers, data service providers, data licensing and citations; citizen scientists) having direct experience with contributing, managing, using and especially authoring reviews associated with ecosystem science data infrastructure in research institutions, governments, industry and NGOs. Examples of infrastructure are data submission tools, metadata libraries, data repositories, data access portals, analytical/visualisation tools, web services and virtual libraries.

 

About 'Making the most of data resources' Key Direction

The Ecosystem Science Council is transforming the vision of the Foundations for the future by coordinating a number of working groups to progress action on each of the six key directions of Foundations for the future. The 'Making the Most of Data Resources' key direction has as its outcome sustainable data infrastructure and capacity for the consistent collection, publication and archiving of ecosystem science datasets and metadata in standard, easily accessible formats on publicly assessable websites.

The review will contribute to a data infrastructure strategy for sustaining existing infrastructure to meet future needs of the ecosystem science community. It is expected this strategy will start national conversations and actions that deliver 21st century data infrastructure that is sustainable and guided by consistent data publication policies reflecting modern approaches and technologies.

 

Expressions of interest - how to submit

Information about the responsibilities, roles, tasks, membership criteria and the selection process are detailed in the Terms of Reference.

Expressions of interest to join the working group are now being accepted using an online form (includes a 1-page summary of your CV) until COB 4 October 2015.

 

For further information:

Please contact Anita Smyth by email or calling 0427 619 140