In 2016, the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) staff worked with the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) to enable the AODN to host the Manly Hydraulics Laboratory Waverider buoy data, which had previously been managed by the Royal Australian Navy Hydrography & METOC branch (now known simply as the Hydrography & METOC branch). Following on from this, the AODN office started working with the OEH staff to publish their NSW bathymetry data on the AODN Portal. Early in 2017, the multi-beam data collection was published, which was then followed by the single-beam data last month:
These data collections represent the first state government generated marine datasets discoverable through the AODN Portal.
We approached Tim Ingleton and Edwina Foulsham of OEH to recount their experience of submitting data to the AODN:
Access to the AODN and delivery of our datasets on-line is saving 20-30 person days a year! It’s also leading to better use and much greater accessibility of our datasets. Last year we fielded between 40-50 data requests for our datasets each taking from an hour to days. Working with AODN was really simple and very efficient. They set up an FTP staging point that we access through Filezilla using a login and password. With each new dataset, all we had to do was decide on a standardised naming format and write a general metadata statement for the AODN team. They created an automated process on the FTP site to upload the data, check for errors, to provide email reports about successful uploads or to detail issues on our end. Once the FTP site was fully operational, we were able to deliver our entire multibeam survey back catalogue online and we are currently working on making some of our other data collections available. It was a significant corporate milestone finally getting data up and fully accessible.