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“Access to data in ÆKOS saved me heaps of effort” - Dr Greg Guerin

“I’ve used data in ÆKOS to derive new subset of data to study a number of macroecology topics mainly because the ÆKOS Data portal and the user support helps me to be efficient and publish my work earlier than planned.”

Greg downloaded 330,004 records of 3,083 vascular plant species in 14,328 plots of the Biological Survey of South Australia from the ÆKOS Data Portal to developed a new geo-referenced measure of endemism based on ‘span’ and ‘area’ called extent of occurrence. Greg and his colleagues published this alternative implementation of inverse range weighting.  Full Story

  Enabling Organisations

  •     •  The University of Adelaide
  •     •  The University of Melbourne
  •     •  The University of Tasmania
  •     •  Université de Savoie-Mont Blanc
  •     •  TERN AusPlots
  •     •  DEWNR
  •     •  TERN Australian Transect Network
  •     •  TREND
  •     •  PLOS One
  •     •  PNAS
  •     •  Wiley - Methods in Ecology and Evolution
  •     •  Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Free and easy data archiving with TERN’s ÆKOS” - Professor Corey Bradshaw

“I definitely plan to introduce ÆKOS to my students and recommend it to my colleagues.”

‘Submitting my data into ÆKOS using the SHaRED tool was easy and the best thing is that, unlike other data portals like DRYAD, it’s free!’, says Corey.

When conservation biologist Prof Corey Bradshaw from The University of Adelaide published a paper on human population and environmental problems in PNAS late last year, it was with no hesitation that he submitted the associated data into TERN ’s Advanced Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (ÆKOS ).  Full Story


Stunning visuals of Tassie platypus sightings from AEKOS" - Jonni Walker

“AEKOS has excellent data for publishing visual data stories on Aussie plants and animals.”

'I couldn’t resist the platypus dashboard – all the ingredients were there for a good story,' says Jonni.

Data portals give open access to a deluge of data but unless you are a specialist data scientist, it’s very complicated and confusing for most of us to use and interpret. The amazing thing though is when data are analyzed accurately and shown with stunning graphics and videos, it can tell an engaging story. Tableau self-service analytics software enables us to make data talk to all. Full Story


AEKOS's data reused to solve ancient pollen questions" - Dr Kale Sniderman

“Our study used fossil pollen from the Nullarbor to reconstruct the climate of this region between 3 and 5 million years ago. The palaeoclimatic interpretations depended critically on the availability of plant occurrence data, at plot scale.”

This project documented the evolution of Southern Hemisphere subtropical precipitation during the Pliocene epoch, between 5 to 3 million year ago using radiometrically-dated fossil pollen records preserved in speleothems (stalagmites and other cave carbonates) from caves under the Nullarbor Plain. Full Story


Oh no - I’ve uploaded the wrong dataset!"  - David Deane

“I uploaded my data from a recent publication to SHaRED. Unfortunately I uploaded a working dataset with several errors and I didn’t notice until after data publication. Panic! TERN staff were brilliant, linking the correct data to the published record, but showing only the most recent version in ÆKOS."

David's postgrad supervisor suggested he upload his data from their recent paper using TERN's SHaRED (a self-help data submission tool) to meet the journal request that they make their data openly available.

"The process was very simple, but very well scrutinised. I felt supported through the process and staff were both prompt and encouraging. That gave me a lot of confidence in using SHaRED for archiving data in ÆKOS."  Full Story