Data storage project to improve research

The University of Queensland (UQ) has been appointed lead agent for the Australian Government’s $50 million Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project.

The RDSI project aims to develop a national network of a limited number of distributed data stores where research data can be readily accessed, analysed and re-used and to support the retention and integration of nationally significant data assets.

UQ’s deputy vice-chancellor (Research), Professor Max Lu said the University was delighted to be taking a leading role in such a significant project.

“This is an exciting initiative for ‘eResearch’ in Australia that complements several other programs,” he said.

Dr Nick Tate has been appointed full-time project director and will lead the team running the project. Previously, Dr Tate was associate director of the Australian Research Collaboration Service.

“The project’s goal is to develop a coherent and integrated national research data environment, building on the strengths of different providers,” Dr Tate said.

“It aims to ensure a co-ordinated and collaborative use of these resources. This will support enhanced research outcomes through greater access to, and sharing of, research data.”

Dr Tate said consultations with the sector would continue during the first half of 2011, as the project office is established at The University of Queensland.