Moving Data: Growing a National Data Transfer Platform

Mr Brian Flaherty1

1New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI), Auckland, New Zealand


Leading up to 2019, regular engagement with research communities informed New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) of growing requirements for a range of data management services, including repositories, access management, reusability, and privacy. Researchers were generating and transferring data at multiple times larger rates than in previous years.


In response, NeSI reviewed, revised, and launched a national Data Transfer Platform in early 2019 – operated in partnership with Globus, REANNZ and multiple research institutions – to enable researchers to move data to and from NeSI and other New Zealand research facilities quickly and easily. NeSI has also begun conversations with Australian AARNet colleagues to explore options for improving data movement between Australia and New Zealand.


By expanding the number of connected research institutions, NeSI’s national Data Transfer Platform will allow for wider support of trans-Tasman workflows and improved collaborations between international research instruments and compute facilities.

This presentation will share an update on the latest developments with New Zealand’s national Data Transfer Platform, as well as a future look at what’s to come.


Brian Flaherty is the Product Manager, Data at New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI). He has a background in digital libraries, digital scholarship, research infrastructure & support, and discovery services.

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