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Collect, Manage and Share your Data

Connecting your Data to SEED

The SEED Citizen Science Hub provides you and your participants with a mechanism to visualise your data, and also makes your data openly accessible so it can be used for other research and environmental decision-making. This can increase the potential meaningful impact of your project’s data and shows your participants how important their contributions are. Once your dataset is linked you will also be able to see up-to-date usage statistics on the impact tab of your project to track its uptake.

This section will give you a broad understanding of the process to get your data onto the hub. Please click on provided links for more information, download and complete the resources and if you need help at any stage please contact the team at seed.citizensci@environment.nsw.gov.au.

Stage 1: Get your documents!

Before we can upload your data to the hub, we require some documentation. Your data should already be in an appropriate repository and if you want to it be spatially visualised you will need a web map service. Please ensure that your data adheres to SEED data requirements and read through:

Once you are ready, contact seed.citizensci@environment.nsw.gov.au to get the process started.

Stage 2: Review and preparation

In this stage, your documents and dataset will be reviewed. We may get in contact with you to clarify information you provided us, request further information or answer your questions. Once your dataset and associated information have been confirmed by our team, we will give you an approximate timeline to get your data onto the hub.

Stage 3: Upload and review

At this stage your data has been accepted and will begin to be processed by the system. The data custodian will be notified that all documents are finalised and ready to be implemented as a SEED record. At this point you will be in more frequent communication with hub admin to progress linking your data.

If you do not have a web map service and want to spatially visualise your data, you will need to provide thematic spatial layers so that this can be added to SEED. Please note that if you are part of DPIE then a web map service will be created for you.

There may be some differences in the process here depending on where the data are stored. For instance, if data is on BioNet and you are from the NSW Government you will need to put it on the Information Asset Register.

To summarise the process, your data will be uploaded to the system in a draft format for your review before it goes live. This will allow you to review the spatial representation of your data and its associated metadata before the record goes live in SEED.

Stage 4: Go live!

Once you have reviewed and approved your data record on SEED it is time to go live! To do this, you just need to let us know and we queue it for upload. Once it is live in SEED it will automatically be linked to your project in the hub and you will also start receiving impact information about your data’s usage.