Food Security Data Challenges Projects
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A dispersed and unconnected network of diagnostics, analytics and intelligence hampers Australia’s current biosecurity modelling capability.
Together with our partners, we’re building the world’s first virtual lab for biosecurity research and decision-making. Biosecurity Commons will empower researchers and decision-makers to produce consistent and transparent models and analytics without coding experience or high-end IT equipment.
The project will improve access to computing resources, IT expertise, and address issues such as intellectual property and licensing concerns, and silos between jurisdictions and sectors.
This will remove barriers in the existing framework where biosecurity models are often inaccessible and frequently developed for a single purpose, based on a single pest or disease, and are rarely reused or shared.
Biosecurity Commons will deliver tools that support planning and preparation to ensure timely and effective responses to biosecurity events, and will allow researchers and decision-makers to investigate a wide range of questions related to biosecurity risk and response.
The platform will allow jurisdictions to share analytics and modelling to demonstrate that the right decisions are being made; and to improve modelling research by working collaboratively.
Biosecurity Commons leverages the existing EcoCommons platform architecture and components, which offers a suite of common approaches for building analytical modelling outputs, as well as integrating a vast array of geospatial data.
The project is building a permissioned online environment for working securely, which will promote collaboration across state jurisdictions and disciplines of biosecurity.
Authorised users will be able to access and analyse restricted data securely; all users will be able to upload their own data to use privately, share with collaborators, or share globally from within the platform.
Five biosecurity analysis workflows will each address a specific biosecurity question:
An expert panel consisting of biosecurity scientists and key users will inform workflow development.
To empower and build capacity in the biosecurity community, video and face-to-face training material will be developed. This will transform the status quo, particularly for government users, of running analyses on excel spreadsheets and agency-specific models into automated user-friendly workflows in the Biosecurity Commons.
Researchers and decision makers in the government, university, environment and agriculture sectors will benefit from the project’s core features:
Our partners are:
For the first time, researchers, government and practitioners across organisations will be able to securely share biosecurity data and reproducible models and analytics. This will build trust, transparency and confidence in model outputs, and accelerate research through the reuse and repurposing of existing models.
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