Organisational transformation to support digital research and science

Mr Angus Macoustra, Mr Brendan Dalton


Advanced scientific and research instruments continue to generate massive amounts of rich and complex data. This data is subsequently captured and processed using increasingly capable computing infrastructure and processing pipelines. These changes have meant that scientific and research methodologies needed to change and adapt. These changed methodologies and support technologies were even given special terms – “eScience” and “eResearch” to differentiate them from the previous practices.

However, adaptation to meet these changes has been somewhat piecemeal and variable in its pace and approach in the past, with successful adoption largely driven by individual research project needs.

Digitally enabled science and research requires not just support through methodological and technological changes, but also that organisational change in the way that they carry out their “business”. To address that organisational change, CSIRO is in the process of implementing several transformational  initiatives that will support its digital research and science into the future:

  1. Challenges and Missions
  2. Managed Data Ecosystem
  3. Digital Academy
  4. Future Science and Technology

The workshop will examine each of these initiatives and how they address the Challenges and Digital Transformation program within CSIRO through presentations and active discussion between CSIRO leaders and workshop participants.


Angus Macoustra is the Chief Technology Officer and Head of Scientific Computing, Information Management Technology, CSIRO.

Brendan Dalton is the Chief Information and Data Officer for CSIRO.


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.