Characterisation is essential across natural, agricultural, physical, life and biomedical sciences, and engineering.

Characterisation refers to the process of measuring the structures and properties of materials at the micro, nano and atomic scales. It has become an area where informatics infrastructure, expertise and best practice are critical. Together with the Australian Characterisation community, we plan to implement strategies to overcome a number of significant informatics challenges. This proposal is to develop an Australian Characterisation Data Capture, Collection, and Collaboration Outline, that forms a strategic link between characterisation facilities, the standards and best practices they apply, and the research communities using instrument data to create domain-specific collections.

Start date 3 June 2019
Expected completion date 8 October 2019
Investment by ARDC $50,000
Co-investment partners
Australian Characterisation Informatics Committee
Lead node
1 Planning document
The Australian Characterisation Data Capture, Collection, and Collaboration Plan.
2 Presentation
Project outcomes will be presented at an ARDC Infrastructure Summit in October 2019.
3 Project completion
The Australian Characterisation Data Capture, Collection, and Collaboration Plan will be published.

Core features

Understanding Data Capture Requirements.
Developing and implementing data collection standards and best-practice.
Community engagement
Developing an open coordinated plan will help institutions to learn from each other, collaborate over challenges, and to plan for future instrument initiatives and research projects.

Who is this project for?

Australian Characterisation Informatics Committee, which is composed of members representing:

  • Microscopy Australia
  • National Imaging Facility
  • Monash University
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of Western Australia
  • University of Wollongong

What does this project enable?

The proposed project activities will allow the Australian Characterisation community to articulate:

  • The scope of challenges, drawing on an analysis of current and future instruments and the communities that use them to generate data collections.
  • A high-level multi-year outline for addressing these challenges, defining challenges and the way they can be addressed through coordinated programs. This will draw on existing initiatives and resources, already committed by the partners, as well as new funding opportunities.
  • Estimate the level of resourcing required to meet these challenges, based on the advice of international experts and key stakeholders.
  • Opportunities offered through international collaboration.

Handy resources

Monash UniversityVisit
Australian Characterisation Informatics Committee