The Data Services Interest Group aims to exchange practices, establish visibility of data services, discuss interoperability issues and identify opportunities for collective action.
As an initial exercise, the Interest Group currently focuses on data services that are compliant with a collection of OGC standards, THREDDS Data Servers and GeoNetwork catalogues. Nevertheless other domain standards (statistical, astronomical) and less formal Open APIs are certainly in scope.
Data services in the research domain support the use of research collections and datasets by providing automated functions for the creation, access, processing and analysis of data.
More and more data providers are publishing their data through services. For example, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, Department of Environment, Australian Bureau of Statistics and AURIN are all moving to more formal publishing of data through services. Also data consumers are increasingly accessing data services and connecting them with other services tools (e.g. Nectar Virtual Laboratories) for data analysis, processing and visualisation.
With this context, ANDS has recently formed the Data Services Interest Group around data service provision and consumption across the NCRIS facilities, science agencies and universities.
The DSIG meets virtually every eight weeks. At meetings, group members representing both data service providers and data service consumers talk about their experience in setting up and consuming data services, and related common issues.