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Project winners of ARDC funding announced—including QCIF

QCIF will receive almost $80,000 in Government funding this year for two data storage and compute discovery projects.

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) recently announced the recipients of federal funding for data and services, and data storage and compute discovery projects.
 
QCIF will receive $48,500 for a project looking at data storage and compute workflow cost comparisons, and $30,250 for an analysis of high-throughput computing (HTC) demand in Australia.
 
QCIF was one of 10 successful applicants for ARDC’s ‘Storage and Compute Discovery Activity’ program.
 
QCIF’s cost comparison project will look at the total cost of delivering a range of example workflows on local, shared, national, international and commercial compute platforms, such as Amazon Web Services.
 
For this work, QCIF will consult with research groups from CQU, QUT, UQ, Griffith and Murdoch universities.
 
The project builds on previous work undertaken by QCIF and its member universities to understand the relative merits and costs of running research workloads on shared versus commercial platforms.  
 
QCIF’s HTC project will document current and planned use of HTC services by Australian virtual laboratories that support National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) capabilities. QCIF is involved with the following virtual labs: the Galaxy Virtual Lab supporting Bioplatforms Australia, ecocloud supporting the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) and the Atlas of Living Australia, and the Characterisation Virtual Lab (CVL) supporting the National Imaging Facility ( NIF) and Microscopy Australia.
 
Alternative deployment models for research HTCs on both commercial clouds and in hybrid environments will also be investigated.
 
For its ‘Data and Services Discovery Activities’ program, ARDC received more than 140 proposals across a wide range of disciplines and organisations, and selected 42 successful applications.
 
The University of Technology Sydney and the University of Wollongong were both successful in their project bids to further develop the QCIF-managed research data management tool, ReDBox.
 
UoW will receive almost $50,000 to build additional platform capabilities, specifically for the cloud, for data management and provisioning using ReDBox. QCIF will carry out the development work.
 
UTS will also receive almost $50,000 towards its FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable data principles) research data repository architecture, which will test the Oxford Common File Layout, an emerging international standards effort that can operate sustainably at multiple scales from single-collection data sets to national collections. One project outcome will be open source code, both standalone and as part of ReDBox. 
 
Both UOW and UTS will collaborate on their projects through ARDC.
 
QCIF members Griffith University, QUT and The University of Queensland were also successful in gaining funding for their projects.
 
Griffith will receive almost $150,000 for its three projects, involving glycomics data collections, an Australian historical criminal justice data repository, and a combined data management plan and provisioning workflow for a Research Project Resources Portal.
 
QUT’s work on a national Twitter data collection, and a textile-based heritage artefacts digital collection of three-dimensional data sets will receive almost $98,000.
 
UQ will receive almost $100,000 towards an Australian neuroscience microscopy data sharing platform, and a project involving the development of a national language data commons.