Posted by Davina Jackson on 18 Dec 2012

With 18 months of its $20million funding remaining, the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) has released its second report about the technical systems that will support a future digital cities research network.

The AURIN vision includes technical support for:

> Single sign-on access to a range of heterogeneous and distributed datasets.

> Capabilities for filtering and accessing federated datasets.

> Visualising map and chart-based data contributions to visual environments.

> A basic workflow environment.

> Integration of non-traditional data (eg Twitter feeds)

A prototype system of ‘AURIN Mark 1’ was demonstrated to national stakeholder groups by its lead authors – Martin Tomko, Richard Sinnott, Gerson Galang and others – during 2011. Mark II updates to the portal at aurin.org.au were completed in February 2012 and demonstrated to the AURIN Board in mid 2012.

The technical architecture has been designed to flexibly support most major types of federated data sources, with a particular focus on support for the Open Geospatial Consortium’s OGC WFS services, REST and SOAP-based web services, and data sources directly accessible through JDBC. The front-end environment is being developed via the LifeRay portal framework – an OpenSource system fully coded in Java and supporting Java-based application servers (Tomcat especially). LifeRay provides a platform and framework for developing collaborative applications  and services, also support for wikis and discussion forums.

Download all AURIN technical documents here.