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ICT, data, software and simulation

The AusCover component of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network (TERN) capability is focussed on delivery of remote sensing products for terrestrial ecosystems research. Simple access to these data is being enabled via tools developed by the National eResearch Architecture Taskforce (NeAT) funded project, “Workflow Services to enable a Large-Scale Temporal-Spatial Ecosystem Digital Information Service”.

This joint RSSRG and CSIRO NeAT project proposes to:

  • Provide a standard Workflow system that will enable TERN’s AusCover data providers and users to easily specify and run custom data processing workflows that can access data from AusCover (and other data sources) and process it on remote computing resources, including the Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS) Grid infrastructure.
  • Enable end users to easily utilise the massive computing infrastructure associated with the TERN/AusCover data management project, including tools for converting data to standard formats, running standard data processing applications on remote sensing data, and integrating TERN products with other spatial/temporal data sets (from outside the TERN project).
  • Enable AusCover data providers to more easily process raw satellite data to generate standard derived products, as well as extracting standard metadata to enable improved search capability.
  • Demonstrate the functionality of this generic approach with some exemplar workflows which will involve chained processing services across large numbers of data files, e.g. time-series of large spatial data arrays, and be used to generate data products for use by the researcher community.