National Computational Infrastructure


Data Services and Access

NCI is unique in the world in co-locating a vast, publicly funded databank with petascale computing facilities.

This allows researchers to query, analyse and publish datasets without slow and expensive data transfer.

Users can query the entire 10 PB NCI National Research Data Collection at once to retrieve data subsets in a compliant format for their research task, eliminating the need for time-consuming file conversion.

Thorough metadata catalogues provide greater providence for reproducibility and collaboration.

Data Access

Data Services

NCI currently hosts most of our datasets through THREDDS. We also support other data servers, including ERDDAP and Geoserver, as required.

Data can be accessed online through analysis tools or downloaded directly through the HTTP service.

Alternatively you can subset the data for download in ASCII or NetCDF formats using OPeNDAP, or extract geospatial areas of data prior to download using the NetCDF Subset Service (which uses latitude & longitude, unlike OPeNDAP which uses x,y counts).

We also support Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) standards including Web Map Service (WMS) and Web Coverage Service (WCS).

Metadata services are also available, including NcML, UDDC and ISO.

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Earth System Grid Federation

NCI is also the Australian node of the Earth System Grid Federation, the mechanism by which climate data, including the CMIP dataset, is shared among the global community.


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Earth Server 2

Earth Server 2 is an international data initiative, aiming to provide access, searchability and easy interaction with the data to users all over the world. The goal is to enable data analytics through large petabyte scale Big Earth Data Cubes. These Data Cubes brings together sensor, image, simulation and statistics data, and make their analytics possible with open standards, value-adding services and user-tailored clients. Funded through a European Union Horizon 2020 grant, Earth Server 2 and its associated data technology ‘rasdaman’ will play a key role in the activities of the European Space Agency’s Copernicus satellite program. The Copernicus data is available in the Southeast Asian region through a data hub based at NCI. More information about this project is available at the Earth Server website.


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