The eResearch Australasia conference (Sydney, 28 Oct – 2 Nov 2012) has concluded for another year, providing a snapshot of the excellent and varied eResearch initiatives underway in our region. The theme for the conference was “empowering eResearch” – how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand, and re-use information.
Members of the UQ eResearch Lab attended, hosting an exhibition booth in which posters for several projects, including OzTrack, were presented. There was significant interest in OzTrack, both in the eResearch Tools project and the related PhD project on annotation and analysis of accelerometry data.
Throughout the projects presented at the conference, there was an emphasis on the infrastructure from NeCTAR and RDSI in place to support them. Several of NeCTAR’s eResearch Tools and Virtual Laboratories projects bear close resemblance to OzTrack in terms of hosting data and analysis/modelling tools in the research cloud. We look forward to monitoring these projects and taking on board any lessons for OzTrack.
Software Engineer – Charles Brooking