eResearch in action: what isn’t in scope?

Prof. Matthew Bellgard1

1Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia

eResearch is the term given to the role of digital transformation in disciplinary, multi-, inter- and trans- disciplinary research where every research question can be framed in the context of eResearch touch points at different stages: digital platforms; data management, open data, curation, governance, contracts, access, and privacy; Internet of Things; artificial intelligence; decision support; bioinformatics; security; visualisation; algorithms, advanced analytics; network latency challenges; high performance computing and cloud computing.

Critical to the quantifiable success of eResearch is ongoing close engagement with end-users to deliver solutions, continual improvements in work practices and tools leveraging expertise, and obtaining efficiencies through automation. It would seem logical to draw on these successes for broader benefit and impact.

This presentation showcases a confluence of successful eResearch interrelated exemplars: i) enabling and driving research across multiple disciplines; ii) optimised advanced computing within a heterogenous computing environment; iii) delivery of scalable and reusable eResearch solutions to support diverse institutional research infrastructure including imaging, HASS and biotechnology; iv) deployment of advanced data and analytics platforms for real-world challenges for external partners; v) a revised research data management policy and associated functional guidance material to support internal institutional processes; and vi) developing eResearch standard operating procedures for continual improvement across the eResearch team for rapid response and promote feedback for end-users be they, researchers, students, faculties, schools, Centres and Divisional key stakeholders [1, 2]. Measures of eResearch success are defined and presented by which it becomes possible to share and exchange best of breed eResearch approaches across institutions and organisations.


  1. Bellgard, M.I. ERDMAS: An exemplar-driven institutional research data management and analysis strategy, International Journal of Information Management, Vol 50, 2020, Pages 337-340, ISSN 0268-4012,
  2. Bellgard, M.I., Snelling, T. & McGree, J.M. RD-RAP: beyond rare disease patient registries, devising a comprehensive data and analytic framework. Orphanet J Rare Dis 14, 176 (2019).


Professor Matt Bellgard is the inaugural eResearch Director at Queensland University of Technology. He has personally attracted over $45m in research funding, is co-inventor of 5 full/20 provisional patents, co-designed and commissioned a world’s top 100 supercomputer, co-authored over 152 peer reviewed articles in areas including human/animal/plant genomics, bioinformatics, health informatics, AI, biosecurity, eResearch, HASS, remote sensing and radio astronomy. He has led the design and development of digital health solutions for government, industry and academia and is Chair of the APEC Rare Disease Network.

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