Discovery, access and re-use of environmental information will be easier with the National Environmental Information Infrastructure. It proposes a network of standards-based IT components, supported by a network of collaborators working together to improve discovery, access and re-use of environmental data.
We are developing this infrastructure in collaboration with a number of technical and strategic partners. Its ongoing impact will be realised through collaboration with the broader environmental information community.
Benefits of the infrastructure will include:
- an ability to discover, access and re-use national environmental data-through harmonised online services and web interfaces;
- a standards-based federated environmental information architecture to support multiple applications;
- collaboration and governance to coordinate use of relevant standards; and
- increased availability and accessibility of environmental data, to empower decision-makers.
The operational deployment of each part of the infrastructure’s architecture is evolving as we identify relevant environmental information providers, their priorities and capacity for engagement.
The National Environmental Information Infrastructure: Reference Architecture includes a detailed description of core components that we and our partners will host to create a federated environmental information system. It provides a high level technical description of a system for enhancing discovery, access and re-use of national environmental information. It does not, however, describe specific deployments or provider configurations-these will be dictated by specific use cases.
The Reference Architecture was released following consultation with key stakeholders. The consultation process was designed to ensure:
- the quality and robustness of the architecture;
- that architectural principles are effectively communicated and feasible; and
- early engagement with key stakeholders.
The Reference Architecture will be updated periodically as standards and components evolve.