Re: What would you call this process, and role?

Subject: Re: What would you call this process, and role?
From: Nick Murray <flutable -at- hotmail -dot- com>
To: techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com
Date: Tue, 31 Jul 2012 19:07:47 +1000

The process of "corraling" the data is data integration. The organisatin (CSIRO - Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation in Australia) does a lot of this type of work. For example, integrating (a term I'll define below) water observations data (temperature, rainfall, humidity etc) from on-ground gauges, wireless sensor networks and so on.

"Integration" means that the data are combined in a pre-defined, meaningful way, using various standard scientific data formats (whichever is most applicable). Integration, again depending on the project, the client need or the context, may also involve some interpretation or pre-processing, before the data/datasets are forwarded to whichever system consumes them. Integration also contains aspects of data aggreggation. Aggregation is bringing the data together logically (into a single point); the data may still reside in different servers, on people's laptops, in spreadsheets or wherever.

The "role" is not something my organisation has a specific name for. Sometimes the researchers themselves do it, using various software packages, or sometimes - more often - it's a team effort, where a team designs an "information architecture" that has physical components (servers, network paths, storage) and logical components (the role or purpose of one or more physical components).

Here's an example:

ReefTemp monitors sea surface temperatures in the waters surrounding the Great Barrier Reef, off the Queensland coast. The maps are produced by integrating satellite data, aerial survey data and on-boat observations. In the future, the maps will be enhanced using modelled (ie predicted) data as well.


On 31/07/2012 9:05, Steve Janoff (non-Celgene) wrote:

Hello Fellow Whirlers,

I'm trying to put a name to something and get a handle on the process. Maybe you can help.

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