Get involved

The NEII is a long-term vision and participation can take multiple forms ranging from the strategic (involvement in the NEII Reference Group and subordinate technical Working Groups) to the operational by providing other stakeholders access to NEII conformant data (e.g., geographies, vocabularies, observation methods). The NEII Reference Architecture (Bureau of Meteorology 2014) provides a comprehensive treatment of the information types currently in-scope for the NEII, and the NEII Conformance Framework provides a more detailed overview of how best to contribute to NEII. Opportunities for participant in NEII include the following.

  • NEII Reference Group – The Reference Group provides the primary engagement mechanism for NEII deliver. Each member of the Australian Government’s Environmental Information Advisory Group nominates a representative to participant in the NEII Reference Group. Representing your organisation on the Reference Group, or working closely with the respective NEII Reference Group member provides an opportunity to participate.
  • Delivering environmental data through NEII web data services – Web data services such as those described under in the NEII Reference Architecture (Bureau of Meteorology, 2014) allow software applications and users to access data in federated environments. The nature of environmental data means that it should continue to be maintained at source by custodial agencies that have appropriate domain understanding and business process to curate the information. Partners are encouraged to commence adopting web data services by through web data NEII services.
    • The NEII Conformance Framework provides a more detailed overview of what is required to contribute to NEII. The framework also contains a self-assessment guide to allow data owners to assess the suitability of their data for inclusion in the NEII.
  • Metadata catalogue – The Metadata catalogue provides a gateway for discovery of environmental data held within individual agencies. It (a) stores metadata about environmental data resources within the NEII, (b) provides a web-based interface allowing users to search the NEII, and (c) enables discovery and access across other relevant catalogues (e.g., data.gov.au, ands.org.au). Developing metadata according to IS019115 standards for key environmental data provides a first step to improving discovery. Partners with more mature ICT capability may also consider hosting their own metadata catalogue.
  • National Environmental Monitoring Sites Register (NEMSR) – The NEMSR is a register of Australia’s significant environmental monitoring sites across environmental domains. Custodians of national significant environmental monitoring sites and data can contribute to the NEMSR by adopting the NEMSR information model and data exchange format detailed at neii.gov.au/monitoring sites.