The Australian Imaging Service (AIS) is an ARDC-funded project, led by the University of Sydney, establishing a national imaging platform.
AIS will be an innovative end-to-end platform integrating data captured directly from scientific instruments, data in clinical sites, and using containerised pipelines on both local high-performance computers and cloud, that solves significant and urgent data challenges for Australian researchers.
There has been rapid adoption of XNAT, a data management and informatics platform for imaging research by Australian researchers over the last few years. The AIS seeks to standardise and integrate deployments of the XNAT platform to create a distributed federation of enhanced XNATs.
This innovative federation will consist of multiple institutional deployments linked with a federated metadata search layer, common community practice, expanded data modalities, and a Trusted Tool Repository ensuring ongoing ownership and accountability of data.
The AIS platform will be accessible by a single sign-on through the Australian Access Federation.
AIS core features include:
- Easier Deployment of XNAT
- Deployment across a range of infrastructures, and ability to be redeployed simply at other institutions.
- Federated Access
- Through sharing a common metadata model, data will be federated across the participating XNAT deployments.
- Pipelines and Integrations
- All pipelines and integrations are freely and easily available to all to deploy for themselves.
The AIS project is expected to be completed in June 2022.
QCIF is a partner of the AIS project.
See the ARDC website for more information.