National Benefits

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AEKOS has adeptly managed risk to deliver trusted, user-oriented national data infrastructure to empower biodiversity professionals

Innovation: AEKOS's world-leading, ontology-based data integration delivers real data interoperability for biodiversity, saving a massive amount of time and effort by avoiding the need to integrate and transformation 100s of standalone datasets prior to analysis. The contextual metadata enables transparent reuse and now importantly data producers and their organisations who invest in collecting the data are publicly acknowledged. Already this technology has been recommended and is being tested as a system to underpin national essential environmental measures.

Originality: Builds an unprecedented capacity for environmental scientists and land managers to understand analyse and forecast environmental change in ways not previously possible.

Impact: Bringing thousands of high quality,  co-located species and environment data together enables professionals to fully understand and assess ecosystem change. For example, users could identify what invasive weeds exist, where they are distributed, forecast how they spread and impact agriculture, tourism, livelihoods and understand what processes can be managed to limit adverse changes to peoples livelihoods. If the invasives are uncontrollable, informed decisions about adaptations could be actioned and monitored.

Integrity: Eco-informatics data publication practices are compliant with international science standards, enabling delivery of trusted data and services.

Recognition: Nature's Scientific Data journal has recommended TERN's AEKOS as repository for ecology data.

Relevance: Urgent environmental change analysis is transdisciplinary, immediate, targeted and relying on high value data that translates into policy and management at a national level. AEKOS's interoperability across data sources enables such work.