Workspace: A software platform for unleashing intellectual property

Mr Lachlan Hetherton1

1CSIRO, Northcote, Australia


Workspace is a proven platform for delivering software applications for commercial and research purposes. The Workspace framework provides a single environment to develop and reuse software components and libraries that are designed to be significantly beneficial to users with a wide range of skills. By streamlining the software development process, Workspace acts as a low-cost pathway to commercialise new or existing intellectual property.


Lachlan Hetherton is a senior software engineer in the Computational Modelling group in Data61, and is one of the lead developers of the Workspace scientific workflow framework. Specifically, he is responsible for Workspace’s 3D scene rendering and 2D visualisation capabilities, as well as a number of extension plugins and applications, such as the NetCDF plugin. Lachlan also spends a significant amount of time assisting customers and research groups to design and deliver their own specialist capabilities using the Workspace platform. In a recent example of this, Lachlan has lead the software engineering effort behind the bushfire modelling and simulation toolkit Spark. Prior to joining CSIRO in 2009, Lachlan worked as a technical consultant for Accenture, designing and developing solutions for a diverse range of projects in the telecommunications space.


AeRO is the industry association focused on eResearch in Australasia. We play a critical coordination role for our members, who are actively transforming research via Information Technology. Organisations join AeRO to advance their own capabilities and services, to collaborate and to network with peers. AeRO believes researchers and the sector significantly benefit from greater communication, coordination and sharing among the increasingly different and evolving service providers.

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