eResearch refers to the use of information and communications technologies to support research. It includes research data storage infrastructure, high speed networks, distributed and high performance computing, virtual laboratories, and a growing number of online research tools.
Research is a core activity of the institutions in the CAUDIT membership, and CAUDIT Members, as strategic advisors on the use of ICT within their organisations, are increasingly involved in advising on, brokering, providing, and supporting eResearch services.
CAUDIT's strategic initiatives related to eResearch include:
- In collaboration with the RDSI Project, establishing a vendor panel for storage infrastructure for use by RDSI nodes and the university sector. The panel provides pricing and terms for services, hardware and software related to storage.
- Joining AeRO (Australian eResearch Organisations) in order to participate with other organisations in taking a national, collaborative approach to eResearch.
- With AeRO, creating a more seamless approach to ICT support for eResearch services. This work is closely related to CAUDIT's Support for National eResearch Services initiative funded by the Australian Government.
- With AeRO, creating a framework for more seamless access to information about eResearch services. This work has grown out of the eResearch store demonstrator developed through CAUDIT's eResearch Services Committee in 2010 and 2011.