BoF Science Clouds

Mr Kheeran Dharmawardena1, Mr Hamish Holewa2, Dr Siddeswera Guru3, Mr Brendan Davey4, Mr Alan Lo5

1NeCTAR, Parkville, Australia, Kheeran.d@nectar.org.au

2QCIF, St Lucia, Australia, hamish.holewa@quadrant.edu.au

3TERN, St Lucia, Australia, s.guru@uq.edu.au

4TPAC, Hobart, Australia, brendan.davey@utas.edu.au

5University of Melbourne, Parkville, Australia, alan.lo@unimelb.edu.au

 

DESCRIPTION

The Science Clouds enable research communities have a domain focused ecosystem of shared data, tools, platforms and computing resources and lower the barrier to doing research by improving access and interoperability.  It provides a model for investment and collaboration for a research community led cloud environment.  Three domains, Biosciences, Ecosciences and Marine science led by Bioplatform Australia (BPA), Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) respectively have been involved in establishing a science cloud for their domains in collaboration with NeCTAR.  This BoF will discuss what has happened so far and seek to understand what other domains might be in a position to benefit from their own science cloud.

In 2016, NeCTAR partnered with a number of NCRIS capabilities and eResearch Infrastructure providers to establish three research domain focused cloud platforms, the Australian BioSciences Cloud, the Australian Marine Sciences Cloud and the Australian Ecosystems Science cloud.

These community focused cloud platforms enable research communities have a domain focused ecosystem of shared data, tools, platforms and computing resources and lower the barrier to doing research by improving access and interoperability.

It provides a model for research domain led investment and collaboration, and a vehicle for:

  1. NCRIS domain capabilities to partner with eResearch infrastructure providers to:
  • influence the design and delivery of eResearch infrastructure to better support their strategic planning and changing infrastructure needs;
  • to guide the prioritisation of resource allocations and services to better address national and research community priorities;
  • The eResearch Infrastructure providers to deliver greater value by supporting higher-level services in partnership with research communities

The purpose of this BoF is share some of the experiences is developing science cloud and present some of the outcomes. The session is also intended to bring together those interested in Science clouds as a model and explore how it can be extended or expanded into other research domains.

Format: Brief presentations followed by an open discussion.

Duration: 60 min


Biography

Mr. Kheeran Dharmawardena, MBA, B.Comp., joined NeCTAR as the Coordinator of the Science Clouds initiative in October 2016.  Prior to this he has been responsible for the delivery of many ICT services at Monash University including infrastructure delivery, service delivery, data management, IT & enterprise architecture and eResearch.  He has a special interest in the socio-technical aspects involved in the delivery of effective services.

(orcid.org/0000-0002-4292-7475)

About the conference

eResearch Australasia provides opportunities for delegates to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new information centric research capabilities, and how information and communication technologies help researchers to collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand and re-use information.

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