Mr Paul Sherlock

Mr Paul Sherlock

Director: ISTS, University of South Australia

Paul is the University’s first Chief Information Officer and he has overall responsibility for the University’s Library and IT services. Prior to joining the University in 2001 Paul held senior ICT management roles at the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO) and BHP.

Paul is Director and Chair of SABRENet Ltd. and the Project Director for the Federal Government funded NRN Project. He is also a member of the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) Steering Committee, a Member of the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Project Board and the Treasurer at the Australian Access Federation (AAF). Paul is a former President of the Council of Australian University Director’s of IT (CAUDIT) and was a founding Member and President of the Australian Access Federation (AAF). He was also formerly a Member of the Australian eResearch Infrastructure Committee (AeRIC). Paul leads CAUDIT’s benchmarking activity and is the author of the complexity index which is used by CAUDIT members to make meaningful comparisons of benchmarking data across the ANZ HE sector and internationally. Paul was a member of the AARNet Advisory Committee between 1998 and 2014 (including as Deputy Chair 2004-2008) and is a past faculty member of the CAUDIT Leadership Institute (2004-2008).

  • 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
  • “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
  • “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
  • "eResearch capabilities ... ensure we can continue to use the latest methods available in our field. The hope is that through the use of these technologies, we will be able to achieve some research outcomes that may otherwise not have been possible.”  
    Professor Ina Bornkessel-SchlesewskyCognitive Neuroscience, UniSA
  • "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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