BoM forecasts better water data quality

New Time Series Data Management System will assist data quality control

The Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) is to deploy a Time Series Data Management System (TSDMS) for quality control, quality assurance and analysis of water monitoring data.

The TSDMS will be used to provide analytical tools to support the processes involved in the population and maintenance of data in the agency’s Australian Water Resources Information System (AWRIS), according to BoM documents.

The AWRIS contains an enterprise database for the storage of time series data and associated metadata.

“The TSDMS will be utilised in a sandbox environment to quality assure and validate development of ingest routines used for loading regulations data into AWRIS,” the documents read. “The TSDMS will also be utilised for ongoing operational monitoring and quality assurance of data being continuously loaded into AWRIS.”

The BoM said it would also install a large high resolution video wall facility in Canberra, which would be made available to AWRIS data operators using the TSDMS.

The Bureau’s server infrastructure currently consists of 19 Sun Fire 4450 servers running VMWare vSphere Enterprise Plus edition, 13 of which are located at the its Canberra data centre and six at its central computing facility in Melbourne.

The BoM also uses Relational Database Management Systems including Oracle Standard Edition and Microsoft SQL Server as well as open source offerings such as MySQL and PostgreSQL.

The AWRIS environment also includes GlassFish application server, JBoss application server, Java EE 5, Postgres, Apache and Talend Open Studio.

In December last year the BoM said it had opened up the pilot of the next stage of its $30.5 million next generation forecast and warning system (NGFWS) to the public.

In October, it said it had just finished upgrading its network capacity and servers which hosts the home page of its website, and reported it was tracking ahead on implementing the recommendations of the Gershon Review.

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