National Collaborations

Through partnerships with other organisations, eRSA collaborates on national projects that support researchers and organisations, driving innovation in a variety of fields.

eRSA represents South Australia’s eResearch interests nationally by:

  • Participating in national eResearch programs, forums and consultations
  • Providing a South Australian base for national eResearch programs and entities
  • Coordinating cross-institutional responses to national opportunities
  • Advocating for South Australia’s share of national resources

eRSA also works together with other organisations to provide digital technology services, marketing and communications capability, events, training and information to users across Australia in a variety of research and industry fields. Our goal is to support the national development of research and help drive innovation in areas that may otherwise be lacking.

Current National Initiatives

We’re proud to be leading South Australia’s involvement in the following national initiatives:

Australian eResearch Organisations (AeRO)

Australian eResearch Organisations (AeRO)

The Australian Research Collaboration Services (ARCS) completed its program of infrastructure development work funded through NCRIS Platforms for Collaboration on 30th June 2011.

The services that ARCS developed, deployed and operated nationally for researchers are an important foundation to support research. More than 3,500 researchers subscribe to the various services and more than 100 new users per month take up one or more of the services.

So that these core services to continued to be provided and operated, the Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) and ARCS arranged for the regional eResearch service providers to operate them through 2011/12.

To support this operation eRSA cooperates with five other State based eResearch organisations to deliver national services to researchers across the nation.

The six eResearch organisations are iVEC, TPCA, VPAC, Intersect, qcif, and eRSA. This group, plus VeRSI from Victoria form the core of a national group known as AeRO (Australian eResearch Organisations).

The core national services that are continuing under this cooperative agreement include:

  • Grid & Compute Cloud and ARCS Identity Provider – operated by the Victorian Partnership for Advanced Computing (VPAC)
  • Data Services, including the ARCS Data Fabric, and the ARCS Access Service – operated by iVEC
  • Video collaboration (EVO for desktop and Access Grid for room-based) – operated by the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF)
  • Helpdesk support (eRSA).

Australian Research Data Commons

Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), has been established in 2018 and will be continuing and strengthening the work of ANDS, NeCTAR, and RDS by meeting the needs of data-intensive, cross-disciplinary and global collaborative research.

  • The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) is a Government-funded program that seeks to transform Australia’s research data into a cohesive body of research resources, for which, eRSA is the South Australian Partner.
  • The National eResearch Tools And Resources (NeCTAR) Project, enhances frequently used research tools, develop exemplar digitally enabled laboratories and establish virtual server and cloud infrastructure able to support the next generation of research ‘apps’. And,
  • The Research Data Storage (RDS) Project enhances data centre development and support retention and integration of nationally significant data assets into the national collaboration and data fabric. It is to be funded through the Super Science Initiative and sourced from the Education Investment Fund (EIF).

eRSA now acts as a national infrastructure partner with the ARDC and is working to support the following aims of providing:

  1. A world leading data advantage: Accessible data and methods generated by the whole of the national research infrastructure investment will enable researchers to address challenges in new ways, because findable, accessible, interoperable and reusable data creates new research and innovation opportunities. The optimisation of data requires a partnership between the NRIC data generating capabilities and the proposed Australian Research Data Cloud.
  2. Accelerated innovation: Researchers will be able to create the data tools and services that they need, from reliable, configurable and reusable foundations, without needing to build from the ground up. In providing this environment, the innovation burden will be greatly reduced, and a platform for collaboration that enables innovation to flourish will be provided.
  3. Collaboration for borderless research: Research communities will be working in a data-rich environment with all of the underlying data, methods, and services to enable collaboration. This requires a partnership between the Australian Research Data Cloud, research communities and industry. The ability to create new collaborative platforms such as Nectar’s virtual laboratories over rich data resources focused on NCRIS domains has demonstrated this lift in collaboration.
  4. Enhanced translation of research: Reliable and available outputs of research, including data, methods and models, will enable translation across industry, policy and national research priorities. Industry, institutions and research communities can build research strategies and partnerships confident in highly reliable data. This requires a partnership between the Australian Research Data Cloud, industry and research. Further international engagement with major initiatives such as the European Open Science Cloud, also focused on translation, will enhance Australian translation.

Please visit the joint ands-rds-nectar page for further information about the 2017/18 alignment.

Current National Projects

Below you will find information on eRSA’s current projects. In these, we aim to connect researchers and organisations with digital technology solutions and training to help them conduct their research more effectively.

If you have a project that you think would be perfect for eRSA to collaborate on, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us at

Digital Humanities in South Australia (2018)

eRSA has its sights set on not only providing eResearch support for the humanities and social sciences community, but establishing South Australia as the ‘hub’ for all researchers in the digital humanities space.

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EcoScience Pathways Forum (2018)

The Pathways Series was developed by eRSA to connect academics and industry professionals working in EcoSciences, and raise awareness for the existing digital infrastructure and ecoEd, an environmental education, training and skills development program. The aim of this forum is to encourage a discussion around current digital collaboration trends, emerging needs for training and skills development and explore future opportunities for the EcoScience space.

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