New Cloud project will open up access to marine research data

February 2, 2018

A new collaborative project backed by an investment of $1 million will help make marine data more accessible to researchers through cloud computing, increasing its usability and ultimately supporting new discovery about our oceans.


The Marine Research Data Cloud project, led by the University of Tasmania, will receive $600,000 of joint funding from ANDS, Nectar and RDS as part of their Research Data Cloud (RDC) program for 2017/18. This will be boosted by a further $423,000 of co-investment from project partners.


The project will help maintain Australia’s global leadership position in the collection and sharing of marine data, focussing on making more biological data collections available to support State of the Environment Reporting (SoE).



Project partners for the Marine Research Data Cloud include:

  • Integrated Marine Observing System Australian Ocean Data Network (IMOS-AODN) [project contract lead agent]

  • CSIRO (Oceans and Atmosphere)

  • University of Western Australia (School of Biological Sciences)

  • Greybits Engineering, Sydney

  • Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS)

  • Geoscience Australia (GA)

  • Sydney Institute of Marine Science (SIMS)

  • Australian Antarctic Division (AAD)

  • Atlas of Living Australia (ALA)

  • The Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) Australian Coastal Ecosystems Facility (ACEF )

  • US Integrated Ocean Observing System (US-IOOS) Animal Tracking Network


The project also involves the Marine Biodiversity Hub, a component of the National Environmental Science Program (NESP), which provides scientific information in support of evidence-based decision making about marine species, marine protected areas, and pressures on the marine environment.


The Marine Research Data Cloud presents a unique opportunity to create a world-leading marine biological data advantage for Australia by bringing together researchers, data scientists and software engineers to build new data infrastructure, increasing the discovery and accessibility of marine research data.


Its objectives support the aims of the National Marine Science Plan 2015-2025 which recognises data skills and baseline data collections as critical for enabling development and understanding of the marine environment.


ANDS, Nectar, RDS, IMOS, ALA and TERN 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 (



About ANDS, Nectar and RDS

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) makes Australia’s research data assets more valuable for researchers, research institutions and the nation. Find out more at


The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (Nectar) provides online infrastructure that supports researchers to connect with colleagues in Australia and around the world, using and sharing data, models, analysis tools and workflows. Find out more at


The Research Data Services project (RDS) enables researchers to easily store, discover, access and share their data in a nationally supported environment, resulting in better research outcomes. Find out more at

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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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