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What is the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project?
The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (NeCTAR) is a $47 million Australian Government, Super Science project, financed by the Education Investment Fund. The University of Melbourne (UoM) is the lead agent appointed by the Commonwealth Government. The Australian Research sector has committed $54 million as co-investment to the NeCTAR project, resulting in NeCTAR injecting $101 million to Australia's research infrastructure.
NeCTAR is building eResearch infrastructure in four areas:
Who will create NeCTAR?
Australian researchers and their technical partners will create NeCTAR. In September 2011 and May 2012, the Australian research community were invited to submit project proposals to create an aspect of NeCTAR. The outcomes were successful. An expert panel of Australian research leaders, nominated by the Australian research community recommended 16 e-Research tool projects, 13 Virtual Laboratory projects and eight Research Cloud node projects for funding. These projects have begun construction.
How are the projects progressing?
From finding new ways to collect archaeology data to new ways to study marine environments and tag crocodiles, the NeCTAR projects are innovative, collaborative and dynamic. Projects are required to communicate their progress via a blog, stories and so forth. This information is aggregated on the NeCTAR website. Keep up-to-date with all of the NeCTAR project action.
Connecting, sharing, collaborating
NeCTAR is collaborating with a broad mix of national and international technology partners and research disciplines to create new infrastructure for Australian researchers. From scientists to historians, archaeologists, software engineers and arts disciplines. NeCTAR is creating new environments to encourage researchers to share information, connect and collaborate and create new ways of working, efficiencies and ultimately leading to new innovations and breakthroughs. NeCTAR is bringing the future to today. Creating new ways of working, leading to new discoveries.