eResearch Services and Capabilities

Nicholas May1, Ghulam Murtaza2, Thomas Shafee3

1RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia
2Intersect Australia
3La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia

The organic growth of the eResearch community has resulted in skill sets being packaged up under a range of different role titles and position descriptions.

Over the last two years, the Federation for the Advancement of Victorian eResearch (FAVeR) has been working towards some understanding of the eResearch roles space, leading to the establishment of a project called ‘Advancing the professionalisation of our eResearch workforce’. This has included the surveying of individuals’ role titles and the modelling of aggregate services and capabilities. More recently, we have been extending this surveying to our member universities to achieve a better description of how they organise these services within various units.

In the first half of the session, the working group will present the service descriptions to the community and provide a draft outline of the capabilities associated with each service. In addition, the group will introduce the eResearch ‘value proposition’ and ‘value chain’, from which the service descriptions were initially derived. The remainder of the session will be structured to enable feedback from the community to the working group on the following:

1) The scope of the services. i.e. Is there anything missing or not required?

2) The categorisation of the services. i.e. Are these services distinct?

3) Early thoughts on the capabilities.

This feedback will inform the next phase of the project during which the working group will define the capabilities and their related skill sets.


Nicholas May is an accredited software engineer with over thirty years of Information Technology experience, across a variety of roles, languages, systems and domains. The last thirteen years have been spent in the research domain, partly in a software architecture research group, but mostly helping researchers with software and data projects. More recently he has been actively engaged in the RSE community, as co-chair of the RSE Worldwide session at the 2019 UK RSE conference, and as secretary of the RSE Association of Australian and New Zealand.

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