Federal Government funding via the Department of Education and Training’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) is establishing three new Australian science clouds:
Establishment of the Science Community Clouds will ensure that research communities have improved access to shared data, tools, platforms and computing resources according to each community’s domain-specific needs.
The science clouds will benefit from the efficiencies of leveraging a common underlying eResearch cloud platform, while also supporting shared access across the domain cloud boundaries. It is also expected that the proposed science clouds will provide widely-accessible knowledge sharing platforms for supporting research-industry collaboration.
On this page, you will find regularly updated information on the development of the Australian Science Clouds and, in particular, the Ecosystems Science Cloud (ecocloud), which TERN co-led the development of.
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The national NCRIS infrastructure partners include:
Other research infrastructure providers supporting the proposal include:
The Science Clouds will build upon the existing Research Cloud and Virtual Laboratories provided by NeCTAR, the national data storage services provided by RDS and streamlined access to major data collections hosted by NCI (National Computational Infrastructure).
BPA, TERN and IMOS will provide leadership and coordination in prioritising and deploying tools and platforms on behalf of their research communities.
The first version of the ecocloud Platform was officially launched on 26 September 2018. It provides an online platform giving researchers easy access to large volumes of curated data and tools using Cloud and Virtual Laboratory (VL) technology.
The alpha release of the ecocloud platform brings you four key components:
10GB of persistent storage to keep your code/notebooks so they are ready to go when you start up a server (R or Python environment).
Your Workspace is only really intended to store code, you can import and export large datasets and results directly from your server to places like Dropbox.
A portal that indexes data from more than 600 publishers and provides code snippets to access and interact with this data.
The powerhouse of the ecocloud Platform are our server environments. With a couple of clicks, you can have a server running in the cloud with R (including RStudio) or Python as your coding language of choice. These servers use the JupyterLabs interface which includes connections to GitHub, Google Drive and Dropbox.
You can also spawn a ready-to-go Virtual Desktop using TERN’s CoESRA which includes software such as QGIS and Biodiverse. Alongside all of this, the Tools page provides links to popular ecoscience related tools which will be updated regularly.
Everyone needs support from time to time so ecocloud has a support site with articles on how to use the platform. A community forum focused on code and scientific topics relevant to the ecoscience community will also be added in the future.
The ecocloud project is a collaborative effort supported by NCRIS-funded Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) as the major project sponsor, and the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) as the implementation partner.
TERN is a founding partner of ecocloud alongside:
To ensure ecocloud continues to create solutions that meet your needs, we encourage you to take a look at the alpha release and submit comments, ideas and thoughts here.
The first release of ecocloud is here. The alpha release of the online platform brings you four key components: Workspace, Explorer, Tools & Support. TERN is proud to be a founding partner in this landmark infrastructure project that’s giving researchers easy access to big data and tools using Cloud and Virtual Laboratory technology.
The ‘EcoScience Research Data Cloud and Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory’ (EcoCloud) project will provide an online platform giving researchers easy access to large volumes of curated data and tools using Cloud and Virtual Laboratory (VL) technology. This will also include resources to support publication and sharing of the data and its analysis.
Open access to free, domain-specific, cloud-based research tools, virtual laboratories and platforms via a single interface that links multiple data sources and service providers is set to be delivered thanks to a new national e-research infrastructure investment: The Australian Science Clouds. Learn more about the clouds and help TERN further tailor the Australian Ecosystem Science Cloud to meet your needs.