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CQUniversity has selected QCIF-managed ReDBox (Research Data Box) as its online research data management platform of choice.  

A customised version of ReDBox 2.0 for CQU is currently in its final testing stages and will be deployed in October.

CQU ICT Project Manager John Conelius said the university’s current research data management processes are almost all manual. “This creates a high workload for staff. ReDBox will replace manual processes with automation, and provide much better reporting, which will help with forecasting capital requirements,” he said.  

“ReDBox has a better user experience and it will allow researchers to start their projects as soon as they are ready.” 

QCIF’s Software Solutions team will customise ReDBox 2.0 for CQU, including integrating it into its IT systems and applying institutional branding.   

“The ‘out of the box’ [ReDBox] product already met many of our needs but the customisations open up other opportunities including how we manage non-research data between IT systems,” said John.

QCIF’s Software Solutions team will provide CQU with ongoing technical expertise to manage and support the platform.  

CQU has the largest footprint of any university in Australia. As well as 10 campuses in Queensland, CQU also has campuses in every other mainland state. 

The university is a QCIF Member and joins 10 other Australian institutions as ReDBox subscribers. The other subscribers include James Cook University, University of Technology Sydney, University of Canberra, Deakin University, Macquarie University, University of Wollongong, University of Newcastle, Western Sydney University, University of Notre Dame Australia and the federal Department of Defence.

QCIF Software Solutions Program Manager Lachlan Hoole said there had been an uptake of ReDBox deployments this year. “It is great to be customising and delivering another instance, but to have the opportunity to work closely with a QCIF Member on this project is even more rewarding,” said Lachlan.  

Many research institutions are putting research data management policies and plans in place as a result of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research 2018, which states institutions and researchers have research data management obligations to fulfill.  

Also, some national and international research funding bodies require a formal data management plan.   

For information about ReDBox, please contact QCIF Business Development and Communications Manager Troy Lockett