Intersect has hosted a forum of Australasian eResearch providers aimed at developing a collaborative program to strengthen eResearch and address issues facing the sector nationally.
Significant national interest was demonstrated when representatives of approximately 60 organisations met in Sydney to consider a framework for improved co-operation and to prioritise a work program. Those in attendance included NCRIS and EIF Super Science funded organisations, state-based eResearch service providers, University eResearch Directors, representatives of CAUL and CAUDIT, and Federal science agencies.
The seven state-based eResearch service providers, who have been working in close collaboration for some time, organised the forum to engage more broadly with other organisations with an interest in providing eResearch services to university researchers. The group of seven has recently signed an MOU agreeing to cooperate on a number of aspects around the provision of eResearch services nationally.
Among other topics the informal forum discussed strategies for improving adoption of eResearch platforms and services. The forum identified a number of key areas on which to concentrate immediate efforts, including skills development and sustainable business models.
Slides from the forum are now available at http://www.intersect.org.au/reports
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