Part of the NBN Conference 2017 involved a series of workshops relating to the NBN Atlas.

The five workshops were as follows and summaries of each of them will be available shortly:

1. How can the NBN Atlas work better for marine data? – Workshop lead is Paula Lightfoot

Workshop aim:

To understand how the NBN Atlas is dealing with marine data.  How can we improve?  Is it dealing with the data accurately?  Are there any necessary future developments? Are there gaps to be filled in record provision?  How can we fill gaps?

Workshop outputs:

  • A list detailing, if and, where development is needed
  • Prioritised list for the next steps
  • Three key actions
  • Nominated person(s) to lead on the next steps and actions

2. An Atlas for all – is the NBN Atlas supporting different uses and different users? – Workshop lead is Tom Webb

Workshop aim:
To get the views of a cross-section of users and to understand how it is supporting their work.  Is it meeting business needs and requirements? Are there any future developments that could help work priorities?  Is data licensing helping in supporting the openness of data?

Workshop outputs:

  • A list detailing, if and, where development is needed
  • Prioritised list for the next steps
  • Three key actions
  • Nominated person(s) to lead on the next steps and actions

3. How can the NBN Atlas better support the NBN Data Flow Pathway? – Workshop lead is Barnaby Letheren

Workshop aim:

To get the views of a cross-section of users and to understand how it is supporting the NBN Data Flow Pathway.  Have the data flows within the Network improved?  Where are blockages occurring and which stages of the data flow pathway need improvement? What changes to the NBN Atlas could help further support the NBN Data Flow Pathway?

Workshop outputs:

  • A list detailing, if and, where development is needed
  • Prioritised list for the next steps
  • Three key actions
  • Nominated person(s) to lead on the next stapes and actions

4. The NBN Atlas – a demonstration and future development discussion – Workshop leads are Holly York and Jo Judge

Workshop aim:
To show some of the main ways of searching and interrogating the data on the NBN Atlas, which delegates may not be familiar with.  To show that it is intuitive and easy to use.  To explain the planned developments for the future and when these are due to be implemented.  To understand what other developments our users would like.

Workshop outputs:

  • A list detailing if and, where development is needed
  • Prioritised list for the next steps
  • Three key actions
  • Nominated person(s) to lead on the next stapes and actions

5. What are the barriers to sharing data on the NBN Atlas and how can we overcome them? – Workshop lead is Ben Deed

Workshop aim:

To understand what is preventing data sharing?  Are the issues real or perceived?  Can we give any case studies to satisfy concerns?  To understand if the licences are trusted and if not, why not?  To show that more data are being shared through the NBN Atlas than the NBN Gateway and why this is a good thing. Has data licensing helped with lowering the barriers?  Do people really understand what is involved in sharing data through the NBN Atlas?  Do people really understand the NBN Atlas?  Do people accept the positive benefits of sharing data?

Workshop outputs:

  • A list detailing what the barriers are to sharing data and ways for overcoming them
  • Prioritised list for the next steps
  • Three key actions
  • Nominated person(s) to lead on the next steps and actions