The Open River project seeks to act as a gathering point of all datasets by integrating and aggregating data with a focus on place. The project aims to provide a data catalogue that describes a given river system through environmental, social, health and economic attributes. This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program in a partnership with Griffith University.
This project aims to make data openly available and accessible where legally possible to do so. Where this is not possible, the catalogue will still capture the work and provide the means for users to contact data owners. The collections will be discoverable through this website, public search engines and Research Data Australia.
Open River Catalogues
Data described in the Open River catalogues may originate from many sources including local and state governments, public, non-government, commercial organisation and from university research programs. It is anticipated that this will be an extensible model, allowing additional focal points to be readily established and for other local authorities to adopt the same framework (e.g. Open Urban, Open Forest, Open Bay, Open Transport).
Ultimately, the Open River project promotes the need for the integration of multiple forms of information and cross-sectoral thinking into climate change adaptation and community health planning schemes. Our overall goal is to facilitate information exchange and enhance communication between researchers, planners, decision-makers, and community and private organisations.
The Pilot: The Logan-Albert River Catchment
The Logan-Albert River Catchment has been selected as the first place for data collation. We encourage any individuals who have been involved in any work in the Logan-Albert area to please contribute your work to the catalogue.