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eResearch

Research Data Sample Project

Do you generate research data?
Please take a few minutes to complete our Research Data Survey

This information will enable SCU to improve future research data management and enable you to gain the most from your research data assets.

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eResearch is the application of advanced information and communications technology (ICT) to the practice of research. Key areas include collaboration, computation (including high performance computing), visualisation, research data management and tools.

Why use eResearch?

The use of eResearch services facilitates across discipline collaboration in addition to the creation and sharing of knowledge. eResearch includes technologies for research data capture, management and visualisation that accelerate and disseminate research discoveries. eResearch applications also enable management of research data assets both for the medium and longer term - these data assets enhance the reputation of the researcher, the institution and also return value to the community. Access to appropriately managed and reusable datasets is important for the formation of collaborative research relationships and is becoming essential to competitive grant applications.

eResearch Tools and Resources

The SCU Office of Research subsidises membership to Intersect Australia, a not-for-profit organisation with membership of the majority of the NSW Universities. Intersect supports its members by providing a number of fully, and partially, subsidised Research IT services to researchers. Researchers at Southern Cross University have access to the following services:

Consultation and advise
Get help working out what software, hardware or tools you might need, where to access them, and how much you might need to budget for them.
Training
On-site courses ranging from Excel Fu (Excel for Researchers) to advanced parallel programming.
Research data management
Research data management encompasses the collection, organisation, management, storage, preservation and sharing of research data during and beyond the term of a research project.

Research data can be loosely defined as the factual records of evidence produced during, or arising from, research - e.g. data files, records, observations, findings, analyses, questionnaires etc. Data may occur in any format - e.g. field notebooks, digital text, image, audio or audiovisual files, samples or specimens.

Research data storage
Confidently store, retrieve and share large amounts of data stored in a high security data centre with multiple backup copies.
Grants assistance
Make your grant application more competitive with in-kind contributions and letters of support, a data management plan, or assistance scoping of the IT component of a proposal.
Cloud
Access to virtual machines of up to 64 cores for heavy duty computing. Free access to virtual machines with up to 16 cores. Perfect for web-servers, crunching through small to medium sized data sets, and remote collaboration.
High performance computing
Free access to 'Orange' our 1,600 core HPC system, or 'Raijin' Australia's largest HPC facility with over 56,000 cores.
Software engineering
Development of research focussed web and mobile applications for data collection, web based collaboration, complex work flows and data visualisation.