Spatial Data Finder is a new online tool that makes it easy for QUT researchers to find and access information about spatial research datasets. Records published in Spatial Data Finder are also published in Research Data Australia (RDA), which is the national registry of research datasets.
QUT Library has partnered with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) on their Major Open Data Collections (MODC) initiative. The QUT/ANDS project aims to identify research datasets with spatial or georeferencing information and provide descriptions of the data to the research community via QUT’s data registry, Spatial Data Finder, which is now live. This project aligns with the open data initiatives of QUT and the Queensland Government, a project partner.
The project team, consisting of Colin Eustace (Project Manager) and Jodie Vaughan (Research Data Librarian), has been working with researchers in the Institute for Future Environments (IFE) to identify and describe spatial and geospatial datasets created by QUT, as well as representatives from various Queensland Government departments, including the Department of Natural Resources and Mines. In addition to the dataset being described and published (if appropriate), it will also be citable and discoverable by other researchers, both national and international.