The project will drive the integration of large DNA sequencing datasets that describe the composition and function of Australian marine microbial assemblages, with oceanographic datasets that describe the form and dynamics of Australian ocean ecosystems.

The integration of these very different data types will accelerate our understanding of how changing environmental conditions drive the microbial processes that sustain the planet, while enabling non-microbial researchers’ direct access to key microbial insights that will enhance modelling of ecological and biogeochemical processes.

1 Project scope
Identify the development pathways for incorporating or integrating the microbial data seamlessly into a discovery and visualisation framework being developed for IMOS.
2 Data harmonisation
Deliver harmonised datasets ready for use.
3 Visualisation
Deliver visualisations of the harmonised data prepared. This will allow users to observe and explore microbial and oceanographic data seamlessly on a map or in the context of a time series and pre-select specific data sets for download and further analyses when required.
4 Sustainability and longevity
Ensure that the data asset is visible, useful and responds to the needs of a broad range of researchers and end-users.

Core features

Transdisciplinary research
The new data asset will enable researchers from the microbial and oceanography disciplines to answer more research questions.
Meeting community needs
The output dataset will exploit a wealth of existing information to develop data resources and tools that are compatible with ideas and needs from the community, including human health and wellbeing, management of protected/high value ecologies, and safeguarding Australian aquaculture and fisheries.

Who is this project for?

  • Researchers
  • Research organisations
  • Government agencies (state and commonwealth)

What does this project enable?

This project will enable data integration that does not currently exist anywhere else in the world and will provide great advantages to the Australian research community.

Handy resources

Bioplatforms AustraliaVisit
Integrated Marine Observing SystemVisit