Progress Towards an Open Data Ecosystem for Australian Geochemistry and Geochronology Data

B. I A McInnes, T. Rawling, W. Brown, M. Liffers, L. A. Wyborn, A. Brown, S. J. D. Cox

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Technological improvements in laboratory automation and microanalytical methods are producing an unprecedented volume of high-value geochemical data for use by geoscientists in understanding geological and planetary processes. In contrast, the research infrastructure necessary to systematically manage, deliver and archive analytical data has not progressed much beyond the minimum effort necessary to produce a peer-reviewed publication. Anecdotal evidence indicates that the majority of publically funded data is underreported, and what is published is relatively undiscoverable to experienced researchers let alone the general public. Government-funded "open data" initiatives have a role to play in the development of networks of data management and delivery ecosystems and practices allowing access to publically funded data. This paper reports on progress in Australia towards creation of an open data ecosystem involving multiple academic and government research institutions cooperating to create an open data architecture linking researchers, physical samples, sample metadata, laboratory metadata, analytical data and consumers.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2016
Externally publishedYes
EventAmerican Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2016 - San Francisco, United States
Duration: 12 Dec 201616 Dec 2016


ConferenceAmerican Geophysical Union Fall Meeting 2016
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Francisco


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