QCIF to lead EcoCommons Australia

The Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) announced last week it will fund the EcoCommons Australia project with QCIF as the lead agent.

EcoCommons Australia will bring together datasets and tools for researchers and decision-makers concerned with all aspects of biodiversity and ecology, and track how the end results were derived.
International trading partners want to be able to trust Australia’s biosecurity assertions, and environmental decision-makers need to be able to produce evidence-based policy.
Last week, ARDC announced its 2019 platforms investment. Four other successful projects that QCIF is involved in, include:

  • Australian Imaging Service (XNAT) — lead agent: University of Sydney
  • BioCommons Bring Your Own Data (BYOD) expansion project — lead agent: University of Melbourne
  • Australian Characterisation Commons at Scale (ACCS) — lead agent: Monash University
  • Environments to Accelerate Machine Learning Based Discovery — lead agent: Monash University. 

“These are multi-year activities with large budgets that combine the ARDC funding with research community funding, which means we can make some real impact on the research communities being supported,” said QCIF’s acting CEO, Nigel Ward. 
Two months ago, ARDC invited the eResearch sector to submit proposals for new research-orientated platforms and services that connect and provide access to a range of resources to researchers and industry.
ARDC announced a total investment of $12 million, with $20.47 million in co-investments from collaborating organisations, for 10 new platform projects under the 2019 platforms open call.
The successful platforms projects cover all of the national science and research priorities and National Research Infrastructure Roadmap focus areas, such as digital data and eResearch platforms.
The breadth of investment ensures Australia's world-class research system continues to improve productivity, create jobs, lift economic growth and support a healthy environment.