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e-Research

e-Research is the application of information and communication technology to research. e-Research support at the University of Canberra is guided by the e-Research Strategy and overseen by the e-Research Committee, which reports to the University Research Committee. We support you by providing information, training, consultation and facilities including data storage and computing. We also help researchers access services provided by the national e-Research organisations, such as ARDC, NeCTAR, and the AAF. For more information, please contact the e-Research Analyst (mahin.raissi@canberra.edu.au).

Please note that you need to log into the MyUC Staff portal to access the e-Research services.

If you are not sure of whether e-Research tools, services and techniques are appropriate to your research, please get in touch and we can talk through your requirements. Please direct all enquiries to e-Research analyst (mahin.raissi@canberra.edu.au).

A new “move on, analyse, move off” server has been established to meet the needs of bioinformatics analysis. It is suitable for:

  • Bioinformatics analyses for genetics/genomics and analyses using the software package R;
  • Analysis of data that cannot be undertaken on a desktop workstation because of hardware limitations or because analyses will take unacceptably long periods to complete;
  • Analyses that are not large enough to be directed to the national HPC facilities available through Intersect.

Please send your requests for using this service to Mahin Raissi with a description of the primary proposed use, team name (if applicable) and expiry date.

Is your research generating more data then you can comfortably store? Are you concerned that the theft, loss, or failure of a USB drive could set your research back months or even years? Are you storing your data on a cloud service, but have reservations because you don't know where in the world the data actually lives?

University of Canberra offers different data storage options, to suit your research needs. Your research data will be stored in highly reliable data centres located in Australia. UC staff and HDR students can have access to 1TB storage by default by logging in CloudStor. Here is a user guide: CloudStor Getting Started Guide For more information on CloudStor, see this page.

You can request to increase this space by sending an email to e-Research analyst or by completing the University of Canberra Storage Application Form. For any other request for data storage, you also need to complete this form. All applicants are welcome, whether your storage needs are small or large, with allocations for data storage made on a continuous basis.

The e-Research Analyst is available to discuss with you your data storage needs.

The e-Research Committee has developed a set of Guidelines (PDF, 390.83 KB) to assist researchers in meeting their obligations for data retention and storage under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. The Guidelines outline options that are suitable for different disciplines.

  • The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) provides high capacity digital data storage for nationally significant collections, cloud computing, collection curation and data management resources, as well as national catalogue, identifier and vocabulary services.
  • Research Data Australia (RDA) is an online portal for finding research data and associated projects, researchers, and data services.
  • NeCTAR, the National e-Research Collaboration Tools and Resources, funded a number of e-Research tools and virtual labs available to researchers in Australia. It also funded a research cloud, operated by nodes distributed across Australia, that provides virtual machine infrastructure for research projects.
  • The National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) facility provides high performance computing facilities for Australian researchers. Applications for resources can be made directly to NCI or can be done via e-Research committee.
  • Intersect provides services such as high performance computingresearch data storagesoftware engineering services and training in e-Research tools and methods. University of Canberra is an affiliate member of Intersect to support researchers by providing services that may not be available at University of Canberra at the time of request.

An easy way to find, explore and reuse Australia's public data:  https://data.gov.au/Data.gov.au is the central source of Australian open government data. Anyone can access the anonymised public data published by federal, state and local government agencies.

https://researchdata.ands.org.au/ Research Data Australia caters specifically for researchers but also has broader relevance to others including policy makers, educators and business people. Research Data Australia covers a broad spectrum of research fields - across sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Much of the data you can discover here is immediately accessible online via our partners and free to use (subject to any licence conditions).

https://www.re3data.org/ re3data.org is a global registry of research data repositories that covers research data repositories from different academic disciplines. It presents repositories for the permanent storage and access of data sets to researchers, funding bodies, publishers and scholarly institutions. re3data.org promotes a culture of sharing, increased access and better visibility of research data. The registry went live in autumn 2012 and is funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG).

FigShare is an open access repository for all file types and disciplines, no charge to upload and re-use.

https://www.dataone.org/ Data Observation Network for Earth (DataONE) is the foundation of new innovative environmental science through a distributed framework and sustainable cyberinfrastructure that meets the needs of science and society for open, persistent, robust, and secure access to well-described and easily discovered Earth observational data.

https://www.rcsb.org/ This resource is powered by the Protein Data Bank archive-information about the 3D shapes of proteins, nucleic acids, and complex assemblies that helps students and researchers understand all aspects of biomedicine and agriculture, from protein synthesis to health and disease.

ANDS data citation guide: https://www.ands.org.au/working-with-data/citation-and-identifiers/data-citation

ANDS sharing sensitive data guide: https://www.ands.org.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0010/385309/sensitive-decision-tree.pdf

Google dataset search: https://toolbox.google.com/datasetsearch. Here are some information about this service: https://productforums.google.com/forum/#!topic/webmasters/nPq4BW6iPIA