CQU Data Tool Eases “Mango Madness”

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CQUniversity-developed FruitMaps is a data tool that takes real-time data from multiple sources and displays them visually to provide a simple, free, online decision support tool adapted for use by farmers to assess fruit maturity and assist harvesting planning.
 
The data collections that underpin the tool are stored on QRIScloud, QCIF’s cloud computing service.
 
FruitMaps’ pilot users, farm managers in Queensland and the Northern Territory, have welcomed the data tool to help minimise crop loss and plan for resources, such as labour, at peak times.
 
FruitMaps is currently being developed for other uses, such as assessing soil quality, and quality control of coral trout exported to China, and for use with other crops important to Australia’s economy, such as citrus, bananas and avocadoes.

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Paper Miner: Big Questions in History

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What if historians could mine newspaper articles going back to the early days of Australian colonial history, and what if each of those articles were georeferenced – the content of each story pinpointed in time and space? With Paper Miner, the first steps are being taken so that this is what historians can do.

 

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The Lambert Ancient and Modern DNA Sequence Collection

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Where will we put the data when the genome sequencing comes back?

QRIScloud is helping Professor David Lambert of Griffith University's Environmental Futures Centre to solve a real dilemma: what do you do with the 50 TB of DNA sequence data you're expecting when it comes back from the sequence lab on hard disks? Where will you put it so you can work with it?

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Structure instrumentation at QUT's Science and Engineering Centre

smiling coupleQUT's new Science and Engineering Centre has wow factor. Completed in February 2013, it includes The Cube, a touch and display system two stories high, offering learning and research opportunities to the public. It brings together more than 300 scholars from science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, and law in a range of collaborative workspaces and labs. It's a sustainability showpiece, generating enough electricity to power itself and put electricity back into the QUT grid. Solar trees on the rooftop follow the sun to draw the maximum energy every day. It reclaims waste heat from the tri-generation power system and uses it to cool itself. It captures rain from the roof to water its own garden and top up the swimming pool.

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