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Projects funded under the "Applications" program:
 
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JCU Tropical Data Hub (AP01)

Lead Institution: James Cook University

The TDH portal (https://eresearch.jcu.edu.au/tdh) is JCU's first venture into the realm of centralized data/metadata storage for research data. It has been useful in establishing cross-divisional communication on research data/metadata, involving researchers, the library, research services and the information technology services unit. Many challenges remain but a starting point has been established. ... read more

Tropical Data Hub - Tools development (AP02)

Lead Institution: James Cook University

Currently there is a general lack of engagement and knowledge transfer between professional researchers and end-users of research (general public, conservation managers, decision-makers, etc.). This is reflected in a general lack of acceptance and acknowledgement by the public and stakeholders of the potential impacts of climate change, particularly on biodiversity. Recently, researchers have begun to endeavour to make the results of their research public, however there is a scarcity online tools that display species distribution data. The CliMAS site provides tools that reuses data available with Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) and the Tropical Data Hub to allow a broad range of end-users to explore the potential impacts of climate change on terrestrial vertebrate species in Australia. ... read more

Bird Species Distribution Project (AP03)

Lead Institution: James Cook University

Edgar aims to show current and future species ranges for Australian birds under multiple climate change scenarios. However, many steps must be completed before we can model future species distributions at a continental scale: 1. Collect bird observations across Australia; 2. Collate the data into one big database; 3. Vet the data; 4. Model the relationship between bird occurrence records and the climate in which they were observed; and 5. Project the model through space and time. Birdlife Australia, museums, research organisations and institutions, and individuals have been recording bird observations throughout time. ... read more

Climate Model Downscaling Data for Impacts Research (AP04)

Lead Institution: University of New South Wales

The software system developed by the CliMDDIR project is intended to facilitate research into climate change and its potential impacts. Specifically, the project contributes to bridging a gap between climate modellers, who develop and run computer simulations of the Earth’s climate system, and climate change impacts researchers, who seek to assess the potential impacts of climate change on human and natural systems. Datasets that describe plausible future climate conditions at a local or regional scale are of use to climate change impacts researchers. ... read more

Marine Video (AP05)

Lead Institution: University of Sydney

This project is seeking to develop a database framework and acces tools applicable to marine imagery that will facilitate the timely delivery of standardized, quantitative estimates of ecologically relevant indicators (such as absence/presence, percent cover, abundance and distribution of benthic organisms and associated substrates) through the analysis of visual data being produced by AUV, BRUVS, ROV and UTV systems. This will enable the extensive datasets currently available at the collaborating institutions to be consolidated. Much of the raw image data is currently available through online repositories hosted by the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN), but the output of extensive analysis of these images undertaken at institutions around the country is not being captured in these repositories. ... read more

A Scientific Workflow System for Assessing and Projecting the Health Impacts of Extreme Weather Events (AP07)

Lead Institution: Australian National University

The Environment, Climate and Health (ECH) group at the National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health poses research questions that seek to explain the influence of environmental phenomena on human health and wellbeing. The group does much of its research using existing data sourced from governmental organisations. However, the use of these datasets is limited by the individual abilities of a researcher to access and use the existing computational and data infrastructure, which relies on high-level programming knowledge and skills. ... read more

Validation of genomes and transcriptomes with proteomic data (The Proteomic-Genomic Nexus) (AP11)

Lead Institution: University of New South Wales

Research and/or policy focus
This project concerns genomics, transcriptomics and proteomics analyses and addresses the issue of how they can be integrated. For genomics and transcriptomics, while it is routine to achieve good coverage of the genome or transcriptome with next-generation sequencing, it is difficult to assess the accuracy of these assembled sequences. Proteomics analysis offers complementary results as it is routine to gain accurate data from advanced mass spectrometers, but it is difficult to get comprehensive coverage of the proteins. ... read more

POSITVE PLACES: spatial analysis of public open space (AP12)

Lead Institution: University of Western Australia

Australian cities are growing rapidly and the need to curtail urban sprawl whilst maintaining high standards of liveability and sustainability are critical issues for Federal, State and Local Governments as well as for the planners and developers integrally involved with the on-ground interpretation and implementation of our planning policies. An important feature of liveable, sustainable communities is their “green infrastructure”. This includes trees and vegetation, gardens and all areas of POS and parks which provide communities with a range of physical, social and mental health benefits for all ages. However, there is pressure on the provision of POS because of the need to accommodate an increasing population through densification, urbanisation and infill. ... read more

SMART's Multi-Utility Dashboard - Infrastructure Analytics for Integrative Research (AP14)

Lead Institution: University of Wollongong

This is an ANDS project located in the research/policy fields of Public Policy, Civil Engineering and Infrastructure Planning. Regional development is becoming a crucial component of a more sustainable and productive Australia but there is no readily accessible data to support evidence-based decisions, hence this project was important to provide them with a user friendly dashboard that could easily interface with their data requests. This project has attempted to bring together often hidden and poorly articulated data sets, whilst creating a reliable data warehouse and visualizing relevant information to support cross-services cross-agencies infrastructure data analysis. ... read more

Soils to Satellites (S2S) (AP15)

Lead Institution: CSIRO

This project set out to explore the potential for discovering, visualising and analysing ecological and related data from multiple sources, plots and/or locations. Working closely with ecosystem researchers, TERN AusCover, TRENDSA, and TERN AusPlots Rangelands, the project team has developed the web-based tool 'Soils-to-Satellites (S2S)'. The tool brings diverse datasets together into an easy-to-use interface that enables visualisation and comparison. The datasets include ecological and genomics data collected through TRENDSA, and TERN’s AusPlots Rangelands facility and delivered through TERN Eco-informatics’ Australian Ecological Knowledge and Observation System (AEKOS), with remote-sensing datasets available through AusCover, alongside spatial and biodiversity information available via the (ALA). The Soils-to-Satellites tool enables researchers to explore and display relationships between disconnected datasets in ways that were not previously possible. ... read more

Brain Mapping National Resource (AP16)

Lead Institution: University of Queensland

The TissueStack project is aimed at high resolution 3D imaging with an initial focus on neurological and biological sciences. The project has equal applicability to and has been used in other fields with a need to disseminate large 3D datasets including mining, chemical engineering and digital curation. Modern scientific imaging systems generate massive volumes of data (up to 1TB per acquisition), this has made collaborative research difficult as the data is both unwieldy to transport and difficult to view from multiple platforms without specialise software and hardware. ... read more

Multimodal Kidney Image Analysis Project (AP19)

Lead Institution: Monash University

There is growing evidence that the number of glomeruli in the kidney – which can range from 200,000 to two million – is strongly linked, not only to kidney disease, but to cardiovascular health. Until recently, stereological examination of sectioned sub-samples of ex-vivo, post-mortem kidney tissue was the only proven technique for estimating the total glomerular population, and therefore of assessing disease state. Prof. ... read more

Founders and Survivors: Genealogical Connections (AP20)

Lead Institution: University of Melbourne

This project is part of a large research project examining the social, demographic and epidemiological history of the Tasmanian convicts, using a distinctive approach which melds genealogy, demography and prosopography. The convicts were a group of men and women who experienced extreme life stress. Some of them survived, some flourished and some succumbed. ... read more

BMRI Application (AP24)

Lead Institution: University of Sydney

The aim of the project was to integrate various (a) imaging, (b) neurological & electrophysiological testing data and (c) clinical data for the purpose of providing a refined answer to complex research questions that was not previously possible using the separately existing (and expanding) data sets across the clinical research programs at BMRI making use of brain scans. The project provided an integration tool for the multiple data sets and data points within those data sets and developed an analytical tool for interrogating the data in response to specific research questions. For example, researchers at the BMRI are trying to establish if there is a characteristic pattern that emerges from MRI structural imaging data and a specific electrophysiological component that predicts with some degree of accuracy a clinical phenotype, such as depression in young people. ... read more

Climate Change Adaptation Information Hub (AP25)

Lead Institution: Griffith University

The Climate Change Adaptation Information Hub will provide an interactive information hub to improve local, regional and national climate change adaptation responses. The hub will achieve this objective by making existing climate change adaptation data (in all forms) more accessible whilst also facilitating the input, analysis and dissemination of new data and knowledge. The hub will be a web-based service for identifying, assimilating, and making available, climate change adaptation information (including data and associated tools) to assist researchers in undertaking climate change adaptation research, as well as preserving research data from research. ... read more

Marine Virtual Laboratory Information System (AP26)

Lead Institution: University of Tasmania

The NeCTAR-funded Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL) is developing a research and educational tool with the aim to considerably reduce the time taken to establish an environment for coastal and ocean modelling. MARVL will set up a model and establish the necessary data, for both model ingest and for detailed comparison of model results with observations, in a fraction of the time normally taken, and offer options for conducting the simulations. This is appealing to researchers and educational specialists wishing to embark on modelling studies. ... read more

Cancer Genomics Linkage Application (AP27)

Lead Institution: University of Queensland

Project impetus and drivers
Although cancers may look the same under the microscope, they behave quite differently at the genomic level. By identifying these genetic differences, researchers can start to understand what treatment works for particular patients and administer those first. Understanding which cancers don’t respond to treatment is also vital as this allows researchers to focus down on the molecular mechanisms that are responsible and design new drugs to attack those particular mechanisms that cause the cancer to be lethal. ... read more

Productivity in Space and Time (AP28)

Lead Institution: Macquarie University

1. National need for information about the amount, and distribution in space and time, of gross primary production (GPP) by the diverse natural, semi-natural and agricultural ecosystems of the Australian continent. 2. Software that can interface these various data types with different models.

Research Champions:
Helen Cleugh, CSIRO CMAR
Alfredo Huete, UTS
Sara Mikaloff Fletcher, National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA), New Zealand

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A Data Transformation and Model Calibration System for Carbon and Nitrogen Dynamics in Australian Ecosystems (AP29)

Lead Institution: Queensland University of Technology

The Semaphore project helps soil scientists to use existing modelling tools (specifically DayCent and Century carbon and nitrogen modelling tools). DayCent and Century allow scientists to model cycling of greenhouse gases under different conditions, and Semaphore provides an interface to generate appropriate input and output files and digital curation and management of these files. This is the first system of its kind to allow researchers to perform complex greenhouse gas modelling in a cloud environment, and to share the results and data input files with other researchers. The system also has the capability to easily incorporate new or updated modelling tools. ... read more

Bird Species Distribution Project - Atlas of Living Australia Component (AP30)

Lead Institution: CSIRO

This project set out to deliver re-usable data services in collaboration with and for use by the ANDS AP03 project (studying the impact of climate change on bird distributions). In summary, the project delivered assistance to James Cook University in their delivery of an online tool that allows users to view current observations and distribution maps for Australian bird species, as well as view predicted future distributions taking into account climate change. Assistance was provided in the form of:

  1. ensuring the Atlas systems (web services) could deliver data to AP03. Data included locality information held by ALA available to AP03,
  2. new data quality control/cleansing services over the data as defined with project AP03, and
  3. new web services allowing for ingestion of feedback and additional locality information from AP03 into the ALA records.
See also http://ap30-ala.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/final-product-post.html and other posts for details. ... read more

AURIN & ANDS - North West Metropolitan Region of Melbourne data Access, Integration and Interrogation and Demonstrator Projects (AP31)

Lead Institution: University of Melbourne

Introduction The approach taken in this project is to establish a spatial platform of fine scale Victorian based data and enable the collaboration between researchers and policy makers. The benefits of this project are that researchers are able to use the latest data via the AURIN portal to develop rigorous techniques and scientific knowledge. For the policy makers both data, techniques and knowledge are available to improve decisions related to livability. ... read more

Human Chr7 Proteomics Integration Project (AP32)

Lead Institution: Monash University

In 2010 the Human Proteome Organisation launched the Human Proteome Project (HPP), aimed at cataloguing the protein information arising from the plethora of worldwide proteomic based studies. To support complete coverage, one arm of the project has taken a gene- or chromosomal-centric strategy (C-HPP). The approach to dividing labour in this international effort has been to assign each of the 24 human chromosomes to one or more countries. In this scheme, the Australian/New Zealand consortium has been assigned Chromosome 7, as this chromosome contains various genetic markers associated with diseases relevant to the Australian population. ... read more

SEQUITOR: A demonstration integrated coastal knowledge platform (AP34)

Lead Institution: CSIRO

Management across the catchment-coast-ocean continuum remains one of the greatest Natural Resource Management challenges still to be addressed in Australia. This project would develop data integration and visualisation infrastructure for a proof-of-concept Coastal Knowledge platform for South-east Queensland known as SEQUITOR. SEQUITOR will integrate observational (e.g. monitoring) data from catchment, river and coast with models of catchment, estuarine and coastal processes to enable the discovery and generation of new knowledge and better understand the catchment-to-coast system. ... read more

Online decision support toolkit for climate resilient seaports (AP35)

Lead Institution: RMIT University

This project has addressed one of the most challenging issues facing today’s society – how best to adapt to a changing climate. The development of the ‘Climate Smart Seaports’ toolkit was designed to support more informed decision-making by seaports, a critical component of Australia’s infrastructure and vital to the future prosperity of the country. Seaports had previously been identified as particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change by the NCCARF expert group on settlements and infrastructure. ... read more