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  • 03 August 2011

    DaRIS Links to Monash Biomedical Imaging

    Work is proceeding apace under the ARC Linkage Projects collaboration with the University of Melbourne and Monash University. The PSSD subject-centric scientific data management application (now known as DaRIS), initially deployed by the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne, has been enhanced to utilise the new Arcitecta widget toolkit. It will soon include a graphical viewer and editor for experimental workflows, and computational workflow integration will follow.

    DaRIS is now deployed at Monash University and utilises the large research data store (LaRDS). This instance receives content replicated from the Melbourne University DaRIS node. However, in the near future, it is expected that it will also manage primary image data acquired through the MR and PET imaging scanners at the Monash Biomedical Imaging Laboratories. The existing integration with MASSIVE will be further enhanced so that data are efficiently transferred and processed (in I/O and compute intensive processes) generating 3 and 4 dimensional images.

    The data flow will be implemented for the Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) Laboratories, a newly established biomedical imaging research centre led by Professor Gary Egan. The MBI facilities are being co-located with the Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) that is currently under construction at the Australian Synchrotron. The joint MBI-IMBL facilities will provide internationally unique research opportunities for synchrotron and biomedical researchers from Australia and overseas. This will be the only integrated synchrotron imaging and multi-modality (MRI/PET/SPECT) biomedical imaging research facility worldwide.