Monash e-Research Portal (MeRP) Project
The objective of the MeRP Project is to provide a range of ICT-based collaboration tools and software applications for researchers, and integrate them into the my.monash e-Research Portal. A number of activities were undertaken in previous years, and these activities are itemised here.
A key aim of e‑Research is the use of IT to facilitate better research collaborations within Monash, nationally and internationally, and within and between disciplines. A range of capabilities, including those to be provided by ICE and the AAF will be introduced to assist Monash researchers collaborate. In particular, the following applications and services:
Research data management
Identify and provide a continuum of information management and digital asset management environments to meet the needs of different research activities. A joint sub-project of the LaRDS and MeRP projects is to identify and provision suitable data management environments for large research data sets, in particular digital image libraries and audio/video/multimedia digital asset management. Solutions address a wide variety of data types including: audio, video, multimedia, digital imaging (still, movie and through to 5D imaging), simulations, instrument data, databases, documents and software. The solutions and services supported by the Centre include the following:
This project is also carrying forward a number of/ project deliverables for use at Monash, and these include:
Workflow systems, LIMS and grid tools
Provision of a range of IT tools including grid computing environments such as Nimrod; workflow systems and algorithm workbenches such as Kepler, Taverna and MyGrid; and Laboratory Information Management Systems (LIMS).
Custom tools and advice
Provision of discipline-specific and custom tools, custom GUIs and the custom configuration of software and services are important requirements to meet the specific needs of researchers. The MeRP project aims to carry-forward the successes of the “embedded IM/ICT professional working alongside the researcher” concept piloted under the DART initiative.We are exploring and introducing a range of rapid application development environments including:
And we are considering the use of:
Discovery tools - What’s happening at Monash
Monash is a large organisation. Researchers find it hard to know what other researchers at Monash are doing, and hence what opportunities might exist for collaboration, and find it hard to know what IT services are available that might assist their research endeavours. MeRP will provide improved flow of information between researchers and between researchers and IT service providers:
In conjunction with the Research Administration Systems project, MeRP will provide simple things to streamline administrative processes around research, so as to improve researcher productivity and reduce manual paperwork (environmentally friendly), such as: