Data Management Platform
The SMCRI will produce a variety of
data products and services in support
of scientific research and decision
making at the interface of science, society
and policy, locally as well as internationally.
The Data Management Platform centralises
the coordination of data workflows from the
point of observation to implementation by
the user. Responsibilities therefore include
cleaning, verification, accessioning and
effective dissemination of observational data.
Infrastructural investment at the CCU allows
for fast internet connection (Gigabit) and
access to physical and cloud-based servers.
Fast connection is operationally imperative
to allow for movement of large data batches
to and from servers as well as handling the
constant influx of continuously transmitted data
from remotely stationed sensors like Coastal
Observation Moorings. To meet the demand
for safe storage and effective delivery of good
quality data the SMCRI will utilise existing
data products already in use by SAEON and
partner institutions like the Observations
Database, South African Estuaries Information
System (SAEIS) and the Marine Information
Management System (MIMS), while remaining
responsive to future needs where such
resources may not be sufficient. All data and
data products produced by the SMCRI will be
openly available and provided unencumbered
through free and timely access.