It’s not yoga but sounds like it: Flexibility, training and stretch goals in 2021
Dr Sara King1
As the network provider for Australia’s universities and research institutions, AARNet’s aim is to support all researchers to maximise their use of the available technologies and the supporting network capabilities.
Our training is focused on demonstrating the services we provide, such as CloudStor and SWAN, understanding networks and data movement and has concentrated on in-person workshops. We see this as a kind of ‘infrastructure literacy’, a term that encompasses the practical knowledge needed to transfer, store and manage research data (of any size) in complex scenarios throughout the research and data lifecycle.
With a detailed understanding of the role of the national research and education network (NREN) and the ability to use data access and movement services available via the NREN, our users are empowered to harness the full potential of this purpose-built research network.
Recently, AARNet has expanded its from face-to-face workshops training to a multi-modal suite of options designed to meet current needs and expectations. In addition to more traditional in-person training sessions the eResearch team is building on the following:
Webinars and researcher demos
Knowledge Base improvement
YouTube ‘How-to’ instructional videos
Live and recorded demonstrations
This paper will describe this approach to skill-building across the academic community and how AARNet aims to continue to provide a greater flexibility of choice in how, where and when people can engage with us.
Dr Sara King is the Training and Engagement Lead for AARNet. She is focused on outreach within the research sector, developing communities of interest around training, outreach and skills development in eResearch. She is passionate about helping others develop the infrastructure and digital literacies required for working in a data-driven world, translating technology so it is accessible to everyone.