NBN Atlas upgrade – project news

As NBN Atlas users will be aware, over the last ten months we have been implementing the NBN Trust’s Fit For The Future project (FFTF) to upgrade the NBN Atlas and re-align it with the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), on which it is based.

The new NBN Atlas will be easier to maintain and able to adapt to the NBN’s future needs. Improvements will also enable the NBN Trust to manage increases in data volume and different types of data, such as eDNA studies and habitat data.

Project update

We are pleased to report that in January, we reached two significant milestones.

Milestone 1

We completed the decoupling of the NBN customisations (i.e. we removed the elements that had been altered from the ALA) and upgraded the platform code. This is the most important undertaking in the project. The customised code had prevented the NBN Atlas from being upgraded and, over time, it had diverged greatly from the ALA. The first phase of the project was to extract the customised code into another layer. The second phase was to upgrade the code so that it was once again in alignment with the ALA. Phase one and two have now been completed and we are preparing to roll out the upgraded NBN Atlas services to production. This will take place over the next 2-3 months.    

Milestone 2

The first upgraded service, the Authentication Service, went into production. The Authentication Service cuts across the whole of the NBN Atlas Platform, so the upgrade was a considerable undertaking. The Authentication Service is now in line with the ALA. This also means that the Authentication Service has gained many security enhancements and greatly improved compliance with current security protocols or standards, thus improving user protection and privacy, and reducing the risk of security breaches.

NBN Atlas users won’t see any immediate changes to how the Atlas looks, but the enhancements to the system mean that you should see improvements in it its performance.

We will provide further information in due course, but you can read more about the FFTF project and our weekly progress updates on the NBN Atlas.

Important note

As part of our upgrade work, we will be carrying out some essential maintenance on the NBN Atlas between 15:00-17:30 GMT on Wednesday 8 February. During this period, the NBN Atlas will be unavailable. We apologise in advance for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your support.

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