The Australian Characterisation Commons at Scale (ACCS) project aims to resolve the big-data challenges faced by microscopy facilities by providing tools, best practice guides, specialised training and knowledge sharing.
The ACCS will deliver a rich ecosystem of computing systems, data repositories, workflows, and services, connected with instruments for researchers who use characterisation techniques or imaging collections, and facility scientists who run instruments.
The ACCS will apply software-defined models, containerisation, and Continuous Integration/Continuous Deployment (CI-CD) to lower the burden of operating services, and delivering a broad capability across four nodes: Monash University, University of Queensland, University of Sydney, and University of Western Australia.
This project is supported through the ARDC Research Platforms program.
Who is this project for?
The project will benefit researchers, research organisations, government agencies (state and commonwealth) and infrastructure providers that need to manage and analyse characterisation data.
Characterisation is being applied in a range of research areas; for example, 8 out of the 10 National Science and Research Priorities (NSRPs): Soil and Water, Transport, Energy, Resources, Advanced Manufacturing, and Health.
What does this project enable?
The ACCS will develop a coherent and accessible informatics landscape that promotes collaboration, increases return on Investment, and delivers value to researchers, while also uplifting the research capability offered to industry.
This project will transform the outcomes of research investment, process and delivery for a range of stakeholders. For example, research communities will benefit by reducing time to publication and increasing the quality and reproducibility of their research, funders can increase return on investment in instruments and focus their funding on research.