Building new Australian Science Clouds

Building new Australian Science Clouds
July 28, 2016 Karen Mecoles

The Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, announced on the 27th July, NCRIS funding for 10 new projects, including support for a joint proposal submitted by NeCTAR to establish three new Science Clouds.

Six of Australia’s national research infrastructure investments, have come together to create these new platforms for supporting Australian research.

The Australian Science Clouds

The Science Clouds being developed under this proposal are:

  • Australian BioSciences Cloud,
  • Australian Ecosystems Science Cloud and
  • Australian Ocean Sciences Cloud.

See the diagram below for an overview of the Science Clouds.


NeCTAR Science Clouds - v0.4

Read the overview document for more information.

National NCRIS Infrastructure Partners

The national NCRIS infrastructure partners include:

  • BioPlatforms Australian (BPA) –
  • Terrestrial Ecosystems Research Network (TERN) –
  • Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) –
  • National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) –
  • National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) –
  • Research Data Services (RDS) –

Research Infrastructure Providers supporting the proposal

Other research infrastructure providers supporting the proposal include:

Building on existing infrastructure

The Science Clouds will build upon the existing Research Cloud and Virtual Laboratories provided by NeCTAR, the national data storage services provided by RDS and streamlined access to major data collections hosted by NCI (National Computational Infrastructure).
BPA, TERN and IMOS will provide leadership and coordination in prioritising and deploying tools and platforms on behalf of their research communities.

Read more about the science clouds.