$1.1 million funding for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Lab

$1.1 million funding for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Lab
December 22, 2017 Chris Button

Humanities, Arts and Social Science researchers will get access to cutting-edge online tools and services thanks to $1.1 million in new funds for a collaborative virtual laboratory project.

The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (DEVL) will bring together fragmented data, tools and services into a shared workspace.

Key outcomes from the project will be:

  • Lowering barriers to entry for HASS infrastructure
  • Increased interoperability between existing HASS platforms
  • More joined up data landscape
  • Data curation for better reuse, reproduction, and publishing of research data sets
  • Game-changing skills and training activities

The project will receive $625,000 from ANDS, Nectar and RDS through their joint DEVL/RDC program. That funding will be boosted by another $475,000 in co-investment by project partners, taking the project’s total investment to $1.1 million.

Partner organisations include:

  • eResearch SA Limited (University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University)
  • Australian Data Archive (Australian National University)
  • Alveo (Macquarie University)
  • University of Melbourne
  • Griffith University
  • AARNet

Read the official press release via the ANDS, Nectar and RDS joint website.

  • “Open source intelligence is about extracting information from blogs, news sites and social media platforms, any information that can be freely accessed online. There’s way too much information out there for an individual or group of people to comprehend, so we have created automated tools to allow our users to extract the data they need...access to the latest technology allow[s] us to continue to provide the best platforms to our end-users.”
    David BlockowData to Decisions CRC
  • “It would be impossible to do the type of research that we’re doing without them – it is a major factor in achieving our research outcomes.”  
    Associate Professor Con DoolanSchool of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • On using an eResearch program to complete 3D modelling of architectural records: “We were able to build an interactive, photo image model of the [historical South Australian property Joseph Elliot’s cottage] home – transforming simple sketches and floor plans into an interactive 3D experience... what we have now is a computerised model that allows us to experience the Elliott house beyond just words on paper”.
    Associate Professor Christine Garnaut
  • “The supercomputing facilities at eResearch SA permit analysis of a host of interesting problems in evolutionary biology. It is the only computer system in SA that can perform certain complex calculations required to infer large evolutionary trees and associated patterns of evolution.”  
    Associate Professor Michael LeeSouth Australian Museum
  • “Having access to greater computer power helps us put in place a more realistic model in terms of the number of atoms you can have in the system and that improves the predictive power of the calculations.”
    Professor Andrea GersonMinerals and Materials Science & Technology
  • "The eRSA support is very personal and solution-focused and not just a brushing off 'it's-your-fault-check-your-code' kind of support which one sometimes gets from University tech supports. I very much appreciate the help."  
    Sven SchellenbergSchool of Science, RMIT University

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