Microsoft Initiative

Microsoft and CAUDIT are working on joint initiatives that have the opportunity to transform the HE sector in Australia by leveraging collective resources, extended partnership and associated experience. These initiatives will support CAUDIT in leading the application of digital capabilities to transform education and research and Microsoft’s goals for higher education.

Project: Data Lake Initiative (POC)

The University of Western Australia, University of Canberra and Australian Catholic University, supported by CAUDIT and in partnership with Microsoft, successfully completed phase one of a Proof of Concept achieving the provision of a data lake storing shared (anonymised) and private data sets which provided new and expediated insights into available institutional data.

The outcomes from the pilot were presented to members at the Spring Members meeting in October 2019.

Following the pilot, through a Microsoft Technical Centre (MTC) session, it was agreed that expanding the participating institutions utilising the same data sets would provide the scale leading to additional opportunity to derive insights from the combined data. CAUDIT will approach members seeking volunteers to be included in phase two of the pilot.

Project: Research Collaboration and Cyber-Security (On hold)

This project will investigate Research collaboration in a global context with security "baked in". This will include the opportunity to utilise artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) to ensure the initiatives drives research capabilities. This will leverage experiences/methods in Microsoft Research and change management.

Project: Engagement & Employability (On hold)

This project will investigate a sector-wide learning, collaboration and qualification platform. This will be aligned with the CAUDIT Professional Development (CDP) initiative.

Contact Greg Sawyer if you have any queries about this project.

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