Humanities, Arts and Social Science gets new funding for Data Enhanced Virtual Lab

December 21, 2017

Humanities, Arts and Social Science researchers will get access to cutting edge online tools and services thanks to $1.1 million in new funds for a collaborative virtual laboratory project.


The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (DEVL) will bring together fragmented data, tools and services into a shared workspace.


Key outcomes from the project will be:

  • Lowering barriers to entry for HASS infrastructure

  • Increased interoperability between existing HASS platforms

  • More joined up data landscape

  • Data curation for better reuse, reproduction, and publishing of research data sets

  • Game changing skills and training activities


The project will also give the HASS community the ability to publish their own tools for use through the Virtual Laboratory. All activities within the project will be supporting by skill-building opportunities and community building.


The project involves partners coming together from national capabilities and research institutions across Australia to create the new tools and services.


The key elements of the project were identified with assistance from the broad range of contributors to the Cultures and Communities project coordinated by eRSA, and were targeted as common areas of work in humanities and social sciences research.


The project will receive $625,000 from ANDS, Nectar and RDS through their joint DEVL/RDC program. That funding will be boosted by another $475,000 in co-investment by project partners, taking the project’s total investment to $1.1 million.


Partner organisations include:

  • eResearch SA Limited (University of South Australia, University of Adelaide and Flinders University)

  • The University of Melbourne

  • Australian Data Archive (Australian National University)

  • Alveo (Macquarie University)

  • AURIN (University of Melbourne)

  • Griffith University

  • AARNet


ANDS, Nectar and RDS are projects of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) program, an initiative of the Commonwealth Department of Education and Training.


For any enquiries about this project, please contact the ANDS/Nectar/RDS project coordinator Angeletta Leggio



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This website relates to activity between July 2017 and June 2018.


Please visit the ARDC website for all activity post June 2018.

Monash University is the lead agent of ANDS.

The University of Melbourne is the lead agent of Nectar.

The University of Queensland is the lead agent of RDS.

This activity received grant funding from the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy.

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