Western Sydney University has undertaken a project with the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment to build an application for capturing and managing environmental data, allowing researchers to query data from a number of large and small-scale experiments, construct useful data sets and send them for archiving to the Research Data Catalogue.
The project, known as DC21, was funded by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) (opens in a new window)
The application was installed in the Institute and named HIEv. It is designed to handle the data acquisition and collaboration requirements of institute researchers and their collaborators. HIEV was developed for Western Sydney University by Intersect NSW. The application collects data from sensor networks in the institute's large-scale experiments, as well as data uploaded from other sources, and keeps track of the provenance of data sets. It provides a centrally managed hub for distributed teams to access quality-assured, cleaned data, produce new derived datasets, and capture models and analysis for inclusion in publications. HIEv is linked to the institutional Research Data Repository, allowing reusable datasets and the code and data that support publications to be archived and identified using DOIs, commonly used for journal articles. Using DOIs means data may be cited an increasingly important factor in measuring the impact of research. The repository is managed by Western Sydney University library for long-term preservation of data.
Code for the application is available on Github (opens in a new window)
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