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The Australian Antarctic Data Centre (AADC) Strategic Plan has been developed in response to a need for an operational framework for the Data Centre. The Plan is designed to communicate key operational aspects of the AADC to management and clients. The Strategic Plan was originally developed during a meeting of all Australian Antarctic Data Centre staff on August 13, 1998 and has been updated periodically to reflect an evolving environment. This Strategic Plan is supported each year by an annual work-plan.
The Australian Antarctic Data Centre was established to provide a national facility to manage and disseminate scientific data resulting from Australia's Antarctic scientific research program in response to Article III.1.c of the Antarctic Treaty, which states that -
"Scientific observations and results from Antarctica shall be exchanged and made freely available".
Other responsibilities include:
To provide an efficient service for locating and accessing relevant Antarctic scientific information.
To facilitate more effective Antarctic research and operations by developing and managing a comprehensive, accurate and accessible scientific information base.
To create and maintain an effective team within a satisfying and productive work environment.
Build an effective information management infrastructure for Australian Antarctic scientific data/information.
To provide ready access to a comprehensive Antarctic scientific information base.
Contribute to the achievement of Government goals for the Antarctic Program.
The Australian Antarctic Data Centre structure provides for:
The Data Centre participates in a number of international data sharing networks. Since December 2003 the AADC has contributed data to the information management arm of the Global Census of Marine Life (CoML) Program. This data network is called OBIS. With the establishment of distributed global data nodes, all Antarctic data for the CoML is now being aggregated and served via a regional node of OBIS, called SCAR-MarBIN. The Australian Antarctic Division is also the lead agency for the CoML field project, called the Census of Antarctic Marine Life (CaML), which will provide census information on Antarctic marine species diversity.
In addition, all AADC biological data, both marine and land-based is fed into the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), a global biodiversity data network.
The Data Centre also participates in national data sharing networks. The Australian marine community has formed a consortium of collaborators who are working together to improve access to marine data and are building Australia's marine spatial data infrastructure. This consortium is called the Australian Ocean Data Centre Joint Facility (AODC JF) and consists of the AADC, AIMS, CSIRO, RAN, BoM and GA). BlueNet is a current project of the AODC JF. As a participant in this project the AADC is providing data hosting services to help make marine data held by the Australian academic sector more accessible.
The AADC is a member of the Joint Committee on Antarctic Data Management (JCADM). This committee was established in 1997 to manage Antarctic data and has over 30 members. JCADM helps facilitate co-operation between scientists and nations with regard to managing scientific data. The AADC hosts the JCADM web site and community list server.