The Australian Characterisation Commons at Scale

Prof. Wojtek James Goscinski1, Jason Andrade2, Jane Frazier1, Dr Paula Martinez3, AProf Brad Moffat4, Dr Ryan Sullivan5, Dr Lance Wilson1, Chris Myers6, Farnoosh Sadeghian1, Dean Taylor7, Edan Scriven8, Dr David Poger9, Jay van Schyndel1, Jafar Lie1, Dr Varvara Efremova10, Dr James Wilmot10, Joshua Silver2, AProf David Abbott11

1Monash University
2University of Wollongong
3National Imaging Facility
4University of Melbourne
5University of Sydney
7University of Western Australia
8University of Queensland
9Microscopy Australia
10University of New South Wales
11The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health

The Australian Characterisation Commons at Scale (ACCS) is a project that commenced in 2020 and is funded by the Australian Research Data Commons and 11 project partners and other investors. Together we are developing a coherent and accessible informatics landscape that promotes collaboration, increases return on investment, and delivers value to researchers.

The ACCS is deploying a Characterisation Commons for thousands of researchers who use characterisation techniques, facility scientists who run instruments, and researchers using imaging collections, and will uplift the research capability offered to industry. The outcome will be a rich ecosystem of computing systems, data repositories, workflows, and services all connected with instruments. Through a number of work packages we are developing a suite of resources, with many entry points; all will be accessible from a user portal.

The ACCS underpins a range of characterisation techniques including electron and light microscopy, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), magnetoencephalography (MEG), electroencephalography (EEG), positron emission tomography (PET), X-ray Computerised Tomography (CT), nuclear and synchrotron techniques, cytometry, secondary-ion mass spectrometry, X-ray diffraction, scattering techniques, and nuclear magnetic resonance.

In this presentation, we will provide an overview of the strategy of the project, present an update on the way we have bootstrapped the project, and provide an overview of the way we are applying technologies such as software-defined models, containerisation, and CI-CD.


Prof Wojtek James Goscinski is Associate Director at the Monash University eResearch Centre, the coordinator of MASSIVE, and the project director of the Australian Characterisation Commons at Scale, a $5m+ NCRIS-funded program to deploy national-scale digital infrastructure for computational imaging.

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