EcoAssets is Live: Access Streamlined Data for Environmental Reporting

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Forested mountains and a cloudy sky in Australia
Through the EcoAssets project, Australia's national environmental data infrastructures are sharing resources in standard formats to provide integrated data assets for national State of the Environment reporting.

We’re excited to announce that the ARDC co-investment project EcoAssets is now live.

EcoAssets supports national environmental reporting and assessment through providing open, integrated data delivered by the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN).

Having access to quality data with a broad reach is critical to national environmental reporting, such as the recently released State of the Environment Report.

Until recently, the data required for environmental assessment have only been available through separate data systems. Datasets historically have not been well integrated to support environmental reporting, especially at national, state and territory levels. By making it simpler and faster to obtain integrated data, EcoAssets will enhance reporting efforts, and support improved environmental decision-making.

Streamlined data to increase reporting capabilities

Seven datasets are now publicly and freely available for biodiversity reporting and assessment. The primary biodiversity data asset offered by EcoAssets is the aggregated Australian species occurrence data asset, which enables users to explore the data by threatened species status, bioregion, protected area category, and more. This provides coverage for Australian terrestrial and marine systems. A future release will include an environmental monitoring and observation summary dataset.

By increasing alignment between data, the research infrastructures have created not only these first release datasets, but also data pipelines to ensure each data asset can be updated at regular intervals – speeding up reporting and assessment efforts in the future.

Collage of Kangaroo grass, a humpack whale jumping for the ocean, and a painted dragon lizard on red dirt
Left: Kangaroo Grass (Themeda triandra) image: Kylier (CC-BY-NC); Centre: Humpback Whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) image: NOAA National Ocean Service (CC-BY); Right: Painted Dragon (Ctenophorus pictus) image: Sgorta (CC-BY-NC)

Partnerships

EcoAssets is made possible through partnerships between 3 National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) projects including the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). This is in partnership with the Australian Government and with co-investment (doi.org/10.47486/XN005) from Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) through our National Data Assets program.

Read more about the datasets on the EcoAssets website.

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