AmeriFlux

256

research sites

5k

scientists

20

years of data collection

AmeriFlux is a network of research sites measuring ecosystem and climate patterns and change. The project enables scientists to collaborate for advancing scientific research.

01 / 05   Key Challenges
  1. Create a way to access data conveniently and securely.
  2. Make data processing transparent.
  3. Make data upload, update and sharing easier and better connected.
  4. Track data usage.
02 / 05   Personas

Principal Investigator (PI)

  • Frequent site visits
  • Some on site data collection
  • Source of truth for data submissions
  • Occasional data entry
Technology
Programming
Software
Internet
Mobile apps

Research Scientist

  • Regular site visits
  • Chief data collector
  • Point of contact for data submissions
  • Regular data entry
Technology
Programming
Software
Internet
Mobile apps

Data Curator

  • Infrequent site visits
  • No on site data collection
  • Extensive programming and database skills
  • Occasional data entry
Technology
Programming
Software
Internet
Mobile apps
03 / 05   Wireframes & Mockups

Software: Photoshop, Sketch, HTML/CSS, Phonegap

04 / 05  Deliverables
  1. Site information page suite
  2. Site data update interface
  3. File upload/download interface
  4. Site data update mobile app
05 / 05   Results

The infrastructure has enabled better collaboration and data sharing.

Users are able to curate and update their data faster. Lead times have been cut from weeks to days in most cases.

New research sites can be registered faster.

Researchers can now track how their data is being used and follow up with the users.