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Australia’s e-Research Infrastructure: 

Australia’s e-Research Infrastructure Enhancing Global Collaboration

Positioning Australia for Global Collaboration: 

Positioning Australia for Global Collaboration TEIN2 eVLBI EXPReS Mauna Kea Virtual Critical Care Emerging Infections Global Digital Divide Large Hadron Collider Square Kilometre Array TransLight Pacific Wave Southern Ocean Sciences Immersive Multimedia for Collaboration Asia Pacific making steady progress

Au Govt initiatives to foster e-Research: 

Au Govt initiatives to foster e-Research Backing Australia’s Ability (BAA) BAA1, $3.0billion over 5 years from 2000/1 BAA2, $5.3billion over 7 years from 2004/5 BAA includes the Systemic Infrastructure Initiative (SII) to upgrade research infrastructure at Australian universities and research organisations $246million from BAA1 $542million from BAA2 significant move away from competitive bidding towards collaborative development of strategic plan and making grants against that plan http://backingaus.innovation.gov.au

Strands of Systemic Infrastructure Initiative: 

Strands of Systemic Infrastructure Initiative With the Australian Research and Education Network (AREN) initiative plan in place the Au Govt contributed towards acquiring national fibre and toward the cost of 10Gbps international links Networks - Higher Education Broadband Advisory Committee (HEBAC-2002) – identified national needs and developed high level plan - Australian Research and Education Network Initiative (AREN 2003 on) considered funding proposals against the plan http://www.dest.gov.au/highered/research/pdf/aren.pdf http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/research_sector/programmes_funding/programme_categories/key_research_priorities/australian_research_and_education_network/arenac.htm

National Research Infrastructure Development: 

National Research Infrastructure Development NRIT (National Research Infrastructure Task Force) 2003-4 http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/research_sector/policies_issues_reviews/reviews/previous_reviews/national_research_infrastructure_taskforce_framework/default.htm NCRIS (National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy) 2004-5 http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/research_sector/policies_issues_reviews/key_issues/ncris/default.htm eResearch Coordinating Committee 2005 http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/research_sector/policies_issues_reviews/key_issues/e_research_consult/default.htm

Elements of NCRIS: 

Elements of NCRIS Infrastructure Accessible, robust high bandwidth communication network for research and education Distributed high performance computing capacity Accessible data and information repositories Accessible research instruments and facilities Agreed ICT standards and coordinated middleware development Standardised measurement systems Australian participation in international collaborative e-research activities and access to collaborative partners' networks, facilities/instruments and repositories, to support activities under NRPs National Research Priorities (topics identified) Strategic Roadmap (prioritised shortlist by early 2006)


Australian involvement in Global Middleware activities Europe - Close co-operation with JISC, TERENA and European NRENs on eduroam and middleware activities. Americas - Working on eduroam and shibboleth activities, - Participation in educause workshops on identity and access management. APAN APAN 2005 middleware breakfast meeting APAN middleware mailing list APAN Middleware stream for Jan 2006 APAN meeting in Tokyo Global Middleware catalysis (Slaughter meeting) Eduroam global working group

Australian eduroam developments: 

Australian eduroam developments Deploying eduroam in AARNet offices throughout Australia Encouraging interest in take-up by Australian universities Writing and seeking endorsement for national eduroam policies Promoting and participating in eduroam developments within the APAN region Participating in eduroam global working group See www.eduroam.edu.au

Regional and Global Perspective: 

Regional and Global Perspective Even the largest countries/economies don’t have the resources to fund the infrastructure and knowledge development that will lead to new creation and discoveries in every field of endeavour Even the smallest countries/economies can make unique contributions to new creation and discoveries in specific fields of endeavour How do we optimally leverage each country/economy’s potential contribution to advance global creation and discovery in all relevant fields of endeavour? Collaboration vs competition is there an optimal balance for virtual organisations?

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