Monthly Tech Talk in June: Linked Data in Environmental Sciences : Promise...

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ANDS, NeCTAR, QCIF, Intersect, VICNode, eRSA and Pawsey have joined forces to organise a monthly Tech Talk virtual and face-to-face meeting.

For more and latest information about this Monthly Tech Talk event, please visit the event page at the MeetUp.

Topic: Linked Data in Environmental Sciences: Promise and Reality Check

The International Symposium on Linking Environmental Data and Samples ( will bring together leading researchers in earth and environmental informatics, to establish the current state of the art in environmental science data publication and its use of modern web principles. This tech talk will review the outcomes of the symposium and discuss the perspectives for the application of Linked Data in earth and environmental research information infrastructures.


  1. Dr Jens Klump, Science Leader, CSIRO - Summary of the outcomes of the Linking Environmental Data and Samples symposium
  2. Wim Hugo - Persistent, Unique Identifiers for Samples
  3. Doug Fils - Challenges and Observations on Linked Open Data for Data Providers in Geoscience

Discussion: Is Linked Data delivering its promise? Panellists: Jens Klump, Wim Hugo, Doug Fils, Simon Cox

  • Dr Jens Klump is Science Leader Earth Science Informatics in CSIRO, Mineral Resources and is interested in the application of information technology to geology questions. He is the vice-president of the International Geo Sample Number Implementation Organisation(
  • Wim Hugo is the systems architect for a number of interdependent data portals in South Africa: the SAEON Data Portal, the South African Earth Observation System, and the Risk and Vulnerability Atlas. New initiatives also fill out his portfolio such as WDC for Biodiversity and Human Health in Africa, extensions to other science disciplines, an Operational Oceanography initiative, and the African BioEnergy Atlas(
  • Doug Fils is the Data Management Technical Expert for the US Consortium for Ocean Leadership. His responsibilities involve coordinating with other USIO data management staff with the goal of implementing a common architecture for the distribution of IODP data resources (
  • Dr Simon Cox is a Research Scientist in CSIRO, Land & Water working on informatics applied to earth and environmental sciences to enable standardized cross-domain solutions for information infrastructures in the earth and environmental sciences (

Who should come along?

The general purpose of this virtual plus face-to-face meeting is twofold:

  1. Provide a national forum for developers working with research data and/or research data management to discuss topics of interest

  2. Enable a dialogue between developers and NCRIS facilities

This event is for anyone who wants to know more about tech aspects of data and NCRIS facilities:

  • developers

  • data scientists

  • researchers who are building data tools

  • data technologists

  • data librarians

How does virtual and face-to-face work?

Tell us which of the 7 hubs you'll be attending (on the next page when you complete this Eventbrite registration.)

You are highly recommended to physically attend the tech talks at one of our hubs around the country, where feasible. For attendees who are not able to reach our hubs, please select "Join Remotely".

At the beginning of the event, we will email the remote participants with the ZOOM virtual meeting link. We'll also list it publicly (on the ANDS Twitter, @andsdata). We do this so that hubs have priority in connecting to the Tech Talks and don't get locked out due to technical limitations of having hundreds of video conference attendees at once.

We're aware that technical limitations prevented some remote attendees from being able to connect in the March event, so we've changed the process. If you're unable to join on the day remotely, you can access the slides shortly after the event.

If you wish to set up a new hub location for Tech Talks, please request using the meeting contact below

The talks will take about an hour (3:00pm-4:00 pm AEST), followed by face-to-face networking and discussion at the 7 hub locations (4:00pm-5:00 pm), facilitated by local hub facilitators:

Adelaide: University of Adelaide: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus (starts 2.30pm ACST)


1. UQ: Room 505, level 5, Axon Building 47, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (starts 3.00pm AEST) 2. USQ: Q528B, QBlock, Toowoomba Campus, University of Southern Queensland (starts 3.00pm AEST)

Canberra: Canberra (Australian National University): meeting room 1, 9 Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT 2601 (starts 3.00pm AEST)

Hobart: TBA

1. Deakin University: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street (starts 3.00pm AEST)
2. Monash University: G22, Ground Level, S.T.R.I.P. 1, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash Clayton Campus (starts 3:00 pm AEST)
3. La Trobe University, Bundoora: Vislab, Research Commons, La Trobe Library (starts 3.00pm AEST)


1.ARRC Boardroom (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington) (starts 1.00pm AWST)

2.Edith Cowan University, Building 31, Level 4, Room 447, Joondalup Campus (starts 1.00pm AWST)

Sydney: University of Technology Sydney: Room CB01.12.25, Level 12, UTS Tower, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, City Campus (starts 3:00 pm AEST)

Want to know more?

For more information about this Monthly Tech Talk event, please visit the event page at the Tech talk MeetUp.

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