Below are links to the user guides for the Trial Explorer and Report Library research applications. The user guides provide detailed instructions and further information when using the Online Farm Trials research applications.
User support videos have been incorporated where relevant. To provide feedback or if further information is required please visit the get involved page.
Through consultation with a range of grain industry stakeholders and experts, a number of common questions have been identified in relation to the delivery of trial research data using online systems. A selection of these questions are listed below and will be expanded as new feedback and suggestions are received.
Data and information stored on the OFT database is provided by a range of grower groups, research organisations, government bodies and other grain industry stakeholders. All data on the OFT database contains source and researcher information. All intellectual property rights remain with the researcher.
The focus of the project is on GRDC funded trials, however, the OFT database is able to host trial research information from any researchers or organisations who would like to contribute.
The OFT database is able to accept a wide range of summarised results from trial research projects such as those provided in trial result reports produced by grower groups. The database is not designed to store and manage raw trial field data for processing and analysis. The system architecture is based on providing trial result summaries for field trial based cropping research.
The researcher or organisation undertaking the research remains the owner of the data and any associated information stored on the OFT database. Only the information owner will have permission to modify any aspect of the data submitted to the OFT database. GRDC funded trials submitted to the OFT database will stored and accessed as part of GRDC's resource and data archive.
The accuracy and reliability of information held on the OFT database is the responsibility of the researcher. The release and publication of trial results will follow the policies and procedures of the data custodian. Where possible, the experimental design of the trial and statistical significance values of trial results will be listed to provide a guide on interpretation of the trial outcomes.
Anyone undertaking farm trial research may submit data to the system. For further information on submitting data and accessing the OFT research applications, go to the get involved page.
Trial data submitted to the OFT database are stored on a central trial database maintained by the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation, Federation University Australia.
Using the OFT administration centre, the data custodian (or authorised delegate) can add, remove and edit trial projects or data at any time. Access to the OFT Administration Centre requires a login (username and password) that will be provided after contact with the OFT via an Expression of Interest.
Trial data and information submitted to OFT will be available to the general public as viewable and downloadable content via the OFT research applications. Where trial information exclusivity policies are in place access restrictions will be placed upon this information. Data stored on the central OFT database can only be modified (uploaded, updated, deleted) by the data custodian or approved delegate.
Summarised trial results may be downloaded using the Trial Explorer.
Please go to the get involved section to find out more about the OFT project.
An embeddable version of the OFT Trial Explorer has been designed for use on external websites. This development has been undertaken to provide the opportunity for organisations that are using OFT to display their trial project information within their own websites.
With the ability to customise the colour scheme to match the host website design, this version of the Trial Explorer allows staff, researchers, growers and other users to access trial information submitted to OFT in a familiar web environment alongside other relevant online resources. Please contact the OFT project team for more information on embedding the Trial Explorer research application in external websites
Researchers or research organisations interested in the Online Farm Trials (OFT) project and using the OFT research applications to share and manage trial data please fill out the expression of interest form. The OFT project team will acknowledge receipt of the enquiry and make contact to further discuss potential involvement with the OFT project.Expression of Interest
Feedback on the Online Farm Trials (OFT) project and research applications is welcome. Please feel free to submit suggestions and feedback using the feedback form below.
Key aspects for feedback include: