SEED grows to celebrate 1000 environmental datasets: National Science Week
This National Science Week (11-19 August), the NSW Government is celebrating an important milestone for public access to environmental data, with 1000 datasets now available on the Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data portal, SEED.
Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) Director Native Vegetation Information Science Jeremy Black said this is a whole-of-government achievement, which represents open and transparent sharing of information.
“SEED is a growing platform and we’re seeing its value increase as we continue to make more environmental data available,” Mr Black said.
“The portal is for everyone – students, bushwalkers, policy makers, farmers – essentially anyone who wants to improve their understanding of their local environment or use the data to improve decision making.
“Anyone can create their own visual map and ‘mash up’ various types of data with other information without the need for specialist software.
“Since the portal’s launch in 2016, collaboration with a range of government agencies has allowed SEED to become the go-to place to access a single, trusted source of data related to soil, vegetation, air and water quality.
“We’re really pleased to have reached this important milestone ahead of schedule,” he said.
Mr Black said that no other portal delivers NSW environmental data in this innovative way, which streamlines data sharing in one searchable website.
“SEED offers an array of valuable environmental datasets from local environmental plans, agricultural land and water quality monitoring, to maps of NSW’s wetlands, threatened species, vegetation and marine habitats,” he said.
“We’ve had over 230,000 data views by over 19,000 unique users across Australia and the globe over the past 12 months, and our priority for the next 12 months is to expand the portal to include industry and community data.”
Photos for media: SEED photos on OEH Flickr – SEED - Sharing and Enabling Environmental Data