The information in this section of our website is based on a report prepared by AgResearch in September 2015, under the Guidance for Regional Councils in using OVERSEER Project.
The report’s objective is to provide regional council staff with a simple description of the OVERSEER model - including what it can do, its outputs, assumptions and limitations.
The following pages present the report’s information in an accessible web-format:
Any material from these pages must be referenced back to the original report:
Natalie Watkins and Diana Selbie, 2015, Technical Description of OVERSEER for Regional Councils, Report prepared for Bay of Plenty Regional Council, RE500/2015/084. More information on the Guidance in the use of OVERSEER Project can be found here.
OVERSEER is a product of many years of scientific research, primarily in New Zealand. This Technical Description does not detail the scientific basis of OVERSEER. Scientific and research papers that have been published on the development of OVERSEER can be found here. Details of the science sub-models are described in the Technical Manual Chapters published in the MyOVERSEER users portal. Documentation of the sub-models is a work in progress.
OVERSEER models nutrient flows in a farm system, helping users understand how efficiently a farm is using available nutrients. It does this by using information about how the farm is run. OVERSEER then models the complex and dynamic bio-physical processes occurring on a farm to estimate the losses of nutrients through the air, soil and across the land, as shown in the diagram below.
Last updated on 18-May-2018.
Kia Ora, welcome to Overseer, an on-farm decision support software service that enables better environmental outcomes and more value from farms.
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In these terms:
Analysis means a Year End Analysis or a Scenario or Predictive Analysis.
Farm Account means an account in Overseer that represents a single notional farming operation to be modelled.
Farm Account Data means any information held in Overseer and associated with a Farm Account.
Farm Account Administrator means an Organisation that has administration privileges to a Farm Account, but is not the Farm Account Owner.
Farm Account Owner means an Organisation designated in Overseer as a “Farm Account Owner” for a particular Farm Account.
Input Data means any information or material that a Registered User uploads or enters into Overseer.
Organisation means an individual or user group designated in Overseer as an “Organisation”.
Organisation Administrator means the Registered User(s) with privileges to invite and remove other Registered Users to/from an Organisation.
Representative of an entity, means any director, officer, employee, agent or other representative of that entity.
Registered User means an individual with a User Profile in Overseer.
Scenario or Predictive Analysis means the prospective analyses and associated data produced or stored in Overseer, intended to represent one or more hypothetical future states of part or all of the farming operation being modelled in a given Farm Account.
User Profile means an individual user profile in Overseer.
Year End Analysis means a retrospective analysis and associated data produced or stored in Overseer, intended to represent the quasi-equilibrium actual state of part or all of the farming operation being modelled in a given Farm Account.
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A Farm Account represents a notional farming operation to be modelled in Overseer. To create a Farm Account, you will need to nominate a Farm Account Owner. A Farm Account Owner represents the farming operation being modelled.
Each Farm Account must be used to model only a single farming operation. This may include the modelling of adjacent or additional land to the extent that it is relevant to nutrient and/or greenhouse gas modelling for that farming operation.
Your access to a Farm Account in Overseer is based on the Organisation your User Profile is associated with.
An Organisation Administrator may invite users to join their Organisation. A Registered User accepting an invitation to join an Organisation will move from its current Organisation to the new Organisation.
Farm Account Owners can grant or revoke access for Organisations to the Farm Account.
Farm Account Administrators can grant access for Organisations to the Farm Account and revoke any access they have granted previously.
These specific Farm Account Owner and Farm Account Administrator actions are available only to administrative users within the relevant Farm Account Owner and Farm Account Administrator Organisation.
When an Organisation is granted access to a Farm Account, all Registered Users within that Organisation will have access to the Farm Account and be able to create Analyses and view, download, edit or remove any Analyses shared with that Farm Account.
If you are granted access to a Farm Account by a Farm Account Owner or Farm Account Administrator, you accept their control of the Farm Account as outlined above.
A Farm Account Owner can remove themselves from the Farm Account. If you do this, you acknowledge you will cease to have any rights in relation to the Farm Account.
A Farm Account Owner can add or remove other Organisations as Farm Account Administrators. If you do this, keep in mind they will be able to grant access for other Organisations to the Farm Account as outlined in these terms.
A Farm Account Owner can assign other Organisations as additional Farm Account Owners. If you do this, keep in mind they will be able to grant and revoke access for other Organisations to the Farm Account as outlined in these terms, and they will be able to remove other Farm Account Owners.
These specific Farm Account Owner actions are available only to the Farm Account Owner.
Year End Analyses are available to all Organisations who have access to the Farm Account.
If you create a Scenario or Predictive Analyses, by default it is shared with your Organisation. You can share private Scenario or Predictive Analysis with the Farm Account Owner, or with all Organisations who have access to the Farm Account.
If you publish an Analysis to an Organisation (including Regional Councils), a copy of that Analysis information is made available to that Organisation to view and download. You cannot change, reverse or withdraw that copy once published.
Analyses are created by Registered Users for their own use. Unless otherwise agreed in writing, we accept no responsibility for any use of, or reliance on any Analysis by any other person. We will not be liable on any basis for any loss, damage or expense arising from that use or reliance.
If a Farm Account is no longer used we may choose to delete that Farm Account and/or associated Farm Account Data.
We can retain Farm Account Data indefinitely, but for so long as we do, we will continue to comply with the restrictions in this section and section 5.
Our obligations relating to Farm Account Data are owed solely to the person or entity that controls the Organisation designated as Farm Account Owner.
You agree that you cannot and will not restrict any Farm Account Owner’s use of their Farm Account(s), or their access to or sharing of Farm Account Data associated with their Farm Account. You also permanently waive any rights you may have outside these terms to impose or enforce any current or future restrictions of this kind on any Farm Account Owner. This section is for the benefit of the Farm Account Owner, and can be enforced against you by the Farm Account Owner as a third party beneficiary, although we can change this section without the need for the consent of any third party beneficiary. This does not affect any agreement to transfer a Farm Account as part of the sale and purchase of a farm or farming business.
Where you enter or upload Input Data you promise that:
* the Input Data does not infringe any third party intellectual property rights
* the Input Data complies with all applicable laws
* you have all the authorisations needed for you to upload the Input Data, and
* we do not need to obtain any further licence, right or permission from a third party to deal with the Input Data as permitted by these terms.
Where another Registered User uploads personal information about you into Overseer, you acknowledge that although the information is stored by in our systems, it is held by and under the control of that Registered User and/or the relevant Farm Account Owner.
If you wish to exercise your rights to access personal information that we hold about you under the Privacy Act 1993 you can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Subject to section 4 you retain any and all rights that you may have to Input Data uploaded to Overseer, and any new intellectual property rights created through your preparation of Analyses.
You give us, our contractors and agents permission to store and process all Input Data and Analyses as required for the purposes of operating, maintaining and improving Overseer.
We will not share your Input Data or Analyses with anyone else without your approval, although it may be shared through the permissions granted in accordance with section 4.
We may aggregate Input Data and/or Analyses with other data, and use and share the results with third parties for any purpose we choose, but only where the data is aggregated to the point where we are satisfied, acting reasonably, that it does not reveal any information about an individual farm identifiable from that data, or where the recipient already has access to the underlying data in accordance with section 4.
We may choose to delete or block Input Data at any time where we consider it necessary to comply with law, or to protect ourselves or others from harm or loss.
We may also disclose Input Data to others where we reasonably consider it necessary to comply with law.
Our rights under this heading will continue indefinitely.
Every Farm Account requires a subscription to produce Analysis results.
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However, you will not be liable to the extent that we have caused or contributed to such losses through our own negligence, breach of these terms or unlawful conduct.
Where we are required to give evidence or otherwise be involved in any proceedings relating to a dispute between you and any third party relating to a Farm Account, you must pay our reasonable costs, except to the extent that we have caused or contributed to those costs through our own negligence, breach of these terms or unlawful conduct.
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In any case, our total liability for any loss or damage you suffer in connection with Overseer or these terms, from all events occurring in any 12 month period, will not in any circumstance exceed the standard annual subscription payable for a Farm Account during that 12 month period. If the standard annual subscription changed during that period, the highest standard annual subscription price will be used.
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