Having trouble using the AURIN Data Provider?
Below are some frequently asked questions from our research community. If you can’t find the answer to you query then please contact us.
To connect to and use the Data Provider, researchers first need to login to the ADP Access Dashboard to generate unique Data Provider credentials and unlock access to AURIN datasets. More information on generating Data Provider credentials can be found in the ADP Access Dashboard tutorial.
The ADP Access Dashboard uses the Australian Access Federation (AAF) to authenticate users. If you are from an AAF listed organisation (users with an edu.au email address) you can already login to the Dashboard.
If not (for example, you have a gov.au, org.au or other email address), please note that you will need to apply for an AAF Virtual Home (VHO) Account before you can login to the dashboard and generate Data Provider credentials. Apply for a VHO account here.
The ADP controls access to datasets on an individual user basis and you are able to gain access to data you are eligible for by accepting agreements within the ADP Access Dashboard.
By opening the available agreements, viewing each page of the agreement and clicking accept, that agreement will move to the Accepted Agreements section and the associated data will become available in your Data Provider Account.
Please note, if you have generated data provider credentials before accepting agreements, it may take a few minutes for data related to those agreements to become available with those existing credentials.
Datasets in the AURIN Data Catalogue have varying levels of restrictions applied to them, some being limited to the academic sector and some requiring a separate application process.
These restrictions dictate the visibility of the data agreements in the ADP Access Dashboard and ultimately the availability of the data through the Data Provider.
To see what restriction apply to each dataset, view the Groups in the AURIN Data Catalogue.
If you have accidentally accepted a data agreement in the ADP Access Dashboard and want to revoke that agreement, you will need to get in contact with the AURIN Support Team.
Some datasets within AURIN are quite large, in the magnitude of multiple Gigabytes. When trying to access or download these datasets from the Data Provider, you may encounter errors where the server times-out before your download is complete, or if reading the dataset into memory you may encounter issues with RAM being exhausted.
To bypass these issue we recommend looking at the Training Guides available on the AURIN website, specifically the sections outlining how to deal with and filter large data.
The ADP is a GeoServer implementation of a Web Feature Service (WFS) and therefore when interacting with the ADP the axis ordering may vary, depending on the selected WFS version as well as the chosen coordinate reference system and the output format.
For more information about Axis Ordering behaviour, please refer to the GeoServer documentation.
Some datasets within the AURIN catalogue do not contain a geometry column. Where this is the case, a geometry column needs to be added to the data before it can be visualised on a map.
With the transition AURIN has gone through in mid-2022, agreements with some of Data Custodians AURIN works with need to be updated to be able to make them accessible through the updated AURIN e-Infrastructure.
AURIN is actively working to bring back many of these datasets and the user community will be notified when they are made available once again.
If you would like AURIN to seek to make certain data available, please submit a Data Request Form.