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  • 28 October 2014

    Video making research data management simple with Mediaflux

    Released at eResearch Australasia 2014, the video explains how Mediaflux assists researchers with accessing, analysing, and re-using significant collections of data previously unavailable or difficult to access.

    The intent of the RDSI project is to drive innovation by enhancing collaboration between researchers nationally and internationally. This is being achieved through the development of a national network of data stores, or Nodes, where content is accessed, analysed and re-used in a coherently governed environment.

    The powerful metadata management capabilities of Arcitecta’s Mediaflux software are a key component of enabling the RDSI project. By facilitating rapid collaboration across different data types and data repositories that would otherwise be incompatible, Mediaflux breaks down the barriers between disparate data, enabling researchers to focus on their work.

    The video is available at Mediaflux video on YouTube.

  • 14 October 2014

    Mediaflux Selected to Power Nationwide Shared Research Data Project

    RDSI Project Ties Together the Country’s Many Research Communities into a Massive Collaborative Data Network

    Imagine the discoveries that would be possible if Australia’s many nationally significant research data collections could be tied together into a single collaborative environment available to the nation’s research communities.

    The announcement today from local company, Arcitecta that its Mediaflux® data management platform has been selected as a key data management engine for Australia’s Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project means that vision is one step closer to reality as each of the RDSI-funded data stores goes live with Mediaflux.

    Working in partnership with SGI, Arcitecta is delivering scalable and customised data-connected research platforms that will provide the Australian research community shared access to nationally distributed data centres, which already contain over 11 petabytes (11,000 terabytes) of content and are expected to grow to over 55 Petabytes funded by the RDSI project.

    These data sets cover a broad range of specialties, from high-energy physics to the humanities, from climate change to cancer research, and much more. By comparison, the RDSI data repositories will soon contain the equivalent of over 55 times the volume of the entire data store managed by the U.S. Library of Congress.

    “The research community is on the cusp of achieving a national collection and data management environment,” said Jason Lohrey, chief technology officer of Arcitecta. “This is creating a sustainable foundation for curating the collective output of Australian researchers and our international collaborators, leading to better research outcomes and a more efficient way to conduct large studies. Mediaflux is the perfect solution for managing data at these scales.”

    One outcome of the RDSI project is that researchers will be using and manipulating significant collections of data previously unavailable or difficult to access. The intent of the RDSI project is to drive innovation by enhancing collaboration between researchers nationally and internationally. This is being achieved through the development of a national network of data stores, or Nodes, where content is accessed, analysed and re-used in a coherently governed environment.

    “The benefits from better-managed and more accessible research data are being sought everywhere across the research sector,” said Dr. Nick Tate, director of the Research Storage Data Infrastructure Project. “At the same time, the acceleration in data creation is outstripping growth in data storage capabilities. A national data environment of the scale planned means new questions can be asked on topics, and at levels not previously thought possible.”

    RDSI funding has established eight data centres (or Nodes) across Australia, capable of storing petabytes of research data. Primary Nodes are located in Adelaide, Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney, with two additional Nodes in Tasmania and Townsville.

    The powerful metadata management capabilities of Arcitecta’s Mediaflux software are a key component of enabling the RDSI project. By facilitating rapid collaboration across different data types and data repositories that would otherwise be incompatible, Mediaflux breaks down the barriers between disparate data, enabling researchers to focus on their work.

    Some of the benefits of taking a nationally consistent approach to managing research data and workflows mean Australia’s researchers can:

    • peruse data collections by name, type, owner, date, linked publications,
    • quickly and securely discover and query data as it is ingested, due to the automatic metadata extraction capabilities of Mediaflux,
    • have confidence in the integrity of the data, as it is checked as it is ingested into Mediaflux,
    • ingest data directly from known lab devices and research applications and,
    • access training via a portal that is being provided by Arcitecta to support the research community in coming up-to-speed with the national approach to data management.

    Download the case study infographic for further details.

    About RDSI:

    The Research Data Storage Infrastructure Project is a $50m federally funded project, for which the University of Queensland is the lead agent. The RDSI Project, an initiative of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy, is funded from the Education Investment Fund under the Super Science (Future Industries) Initiative. Visit www.rdsi.edu.au for more information.