The Ecocommons will provide an enhanced computing and analytical capability for earth and environmental researchers.

By providing a common place for multiple disciplines across the environmental science domains (e.g. biodiversity, biosecurity, hydrology, agriculture) with highly sought-after data, community-driven methods and computational resources, the project will enable better collaborations beyond discipline, institutional, and jurisdictional boundaries.

Ecocommons will provide a service-based framework (based on internationally accepted standards) for deploying, orchestrating and re-using science-centric services, such as species distribution models and climate change projections; and  will work with researchers to implement transformational scientific analytical workflows using those services.

One of the objectives of this project is to re-engineer existing ecoinformatics solutions, such as those available through the 5-year old BCCVL application, allowing their broader reuse and adoption alongside workflows for new communities (e.g. environmental science, biosecurity, agriculture, and hydrology). 

1 A Curated Microservice Toolbox
To provide an “app store” for ecological and environmental data and analytical workflows through independent and self‐contained microservices.
2 A Workflow and Result Management Service
Enabling visualisation, interrogation, and comparison of results from within the Ecocommons platform.
3 Scientific and Data Workflows
A curated library of transformational workflows including Species Distribution Models, Climate Change Projections, Biodiversity Analyses and Model Ensemble Analyses, Biosecurity Risk Mapping and Community Modelling.
4 An Integrated Data Explorer
Providing FAIR data for analysis through: a curated national spatial data collection close to compute; a window to hundreds of open data providers (through Knowledge Network) with advanced code snippets for access; machine‐to‐machine connections to key external services from providers such as ALA, TERN, GBIF,OBIS, IMOS etc.; and secure facilities for user uploaded data.
5 An Analysis Sandbox Environment
Providing access to JupyterLabs with R or Python images and virtual desktop (CoESRA) to allow users to explore new fields of inquiry.

Core features

Collaboration Opportunities
Pave the way for paradigm-shifting breakthroughs by providing a springboard for collaboration between researchers and decision-makers concerned with biodiversity including ecosystem services, biosecurity, natural resource management and climate-related impacts and responses.
Research transformation
Provide an enhanced and standardised computing and analytical capability for earth and environmental researchers.

Who is this project for?

  • Research organisations
  • Researchers
  • Students
  • Infrastructure providers
  • Government (state and commonwealth)

What does this project enable?

Interdisciplinary research is one of the key drivers of transformational science. The project will administer a shared, stable and regulated commons providing a springboard for collaboration between scientists across a range of domains.


Handy resources

  • Access the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL)
  • Discover the ecocloud platform
  • Explore data with the Knowledge Network
  • Learn:
  • Access programs for ecoscience training and education with ecoEd
  • Visit the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)
  • View sensor data at the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN)
Griffith UniversityVisit
Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF)Visit
Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)Visit
CSIRO Land and WaterVisit
Macquarie UniversityVisit
University of New South WalesVisit
University of Melbourne, Centre of Excellence for Biosecurity Risk Analysis (CEBRA)Visit