The Future of AuScope Virtual Research Environments
Dr Jens Klump1, Dr Carsten Friedrich2, Dr Ulrich Engelke3, Mr Vincent Fazio4, Dr Lesley Wyborn5
1CSIRO Mineral Resources, Perth, Australia, 2CSIRO Data61, Canberra, Australia, 3CSIRO Data61, Perth, Australia, 4CSIRO Mineral Resources, Clayton, Australia, 5Australian National University/NCI, Canberra, Australia
At the time of their launch, AuScope Virtual Research Environments (AVRE) and its precursors, like the other NCRIS virtual infrastructures, were trailblazers in eResearch. Since that time we have seen significant changes: processing and storage capacities have multiplied, new tools like notebooks and containerisation have become available, the demand for mobile solutions is growing. At the same time, research has progressed: it is more transdisciplinary, machine learning and artificial intelligence have become standard analysis tools, reusing existing datasets, samples and tools are common research practices.
All these changes require us to ask: is AVRE offering the right tools and services to support modern geoscience research? To find out, the AVRE team has embarked on a series of interviews with user groups in AuScope and beyond. The aim is to find out how to make AVRE more user friendly and offer services and tools that are scientifically relevant and use community standards and protocols. As a part of the Auscope NCRIS capability, AVRE also needs to be compatible with other current national eResearch infrastructure initiatives (ARDC, NCI, TERN, IMOS, ALA, AURIN, etc) and as well as equivalent international geoscience research infrastructures such as ENVRI, EPOS, EarthScope, etc.
In this BoF session, we will firstly present the outcomes from the first round of consultations with the AuScope Programs. Secondly, to help plan the next iteration, we will be looking forward to hearing from the community about how AVRE can offer services to support their research, regardless of which discipline they are from.
Jens Klump is the project leader of the AuScope Virtual Research Environments program and the Geoscience Analytics Team in CSIRO Mineral Resources.