Workspace User and Developer Workshop

Mr David Thomas1

1Data61 Csiro, Clayton, Australia


Workspace is a publicly available scientific workflow and application development platform developed and owned by CSIRO. It is deployed in multiple commercial products and large-scale research projects. It is designed to address two specific user scenarios:

  • Users who want to create and share scientific workflows in one coherent, easy to use environment where much of the “heavy lifting” has already been developed and proven over a number of years.
  • To aid researchers in the swift deployment and, if applicable, commercialisation of research software IP (e.g. “streamline the path from research to commercial product”)

This condensed, 1-day workshop will provide attendees with the knowledge and experience needed to start building sophisticated Workspace workflows. The morning will consist of a hands-on introduction to Workspace, where we will guide attendees through tutorials covering Workspace basics, incorporating scripts, and 3d visualization. The afternoon will cover the creation of custom Workspace plugins, operations and data types, and introduce attendees to the creation of standalone applications.


David Thomas is a Senior Software Engineer with Data61 CSIRO. He has over 20 years of commerical experience as a software developer and consultant, the majority of which was spent working on the core functionality underpinning most of the largest names in CAD, such as AutoCAD, SolidWorks, NX, and CATIA. He has been with CSIRO / Data61 since August 2010. He has worked on a number of user-end products that have successfully commercialized in-house intellectual property. He has a First Class Honours Degree in Mathematics and a research MSc in Mathematics and Chemical Engineering, both from the University of Manchester in the UK.


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.