Browse and access ARDC-supported Research platforms.

Known as Virtual Laboratories, Virtual Research Environments, Science Gateways or Platforms, they are rich domain-oriented online environments that draw together research data, models, analysis tools and workflows to support collaborative research across institutional and discipline boundaries.

See the research platforms supported by ARDC below, or learn more about our research platforms program.

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Agricultural Research Federation (AgReFed)

for researchers, industry and government who produce or use agricultural data
Find, access and reuse FAIR trusted agricultural data.

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All-sky virtual observatory (ASVO)

for astronomy researchers
The All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) enables researchers to access data across a federated network of datasets, from all types of astronomical facilities in Australia.



for human communication researchers
Alveo provides on-line infrastructure for accessing human communication data sets (speech, texts, music, video, etc.) and specialised tools for searching, analysing and annotating that data.


AODN Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (AODN DeVL)

for marine researchers
Providing faster access to, and formatting of, increased volumes of observational marine and climate data.

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AuScope Virtual Research Environment (AVRE)

for geoscientists
The AuScope Virtual Research Environment (AVRE) is Australia’s home of geoscience data and tools contributed to by a diverse range of Australian research organisations, government geological surveys and the international community.

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AusSeabed Data Portal

for ocean and coastal researchers, government, industry and conservation groups
The AusSeaBed Portal provides access to publicly available acoustic datasets such as bathymetry, backscatter, side scan sonar data and other marine-related products, as well as a suite of analytical assessment tools to maximise the value of the data.

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Australian BioCommons

for life science researchers
Community-scale bioinformatics services including the Bioinformatics Tool Finder and command line and web-accessible bioinformatics tools, workflows and data.

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Australian Imaging Service (AIS)

for researchers using medical imaging
A distributed, national federation for securely managing and analysing imaging data for research, with a focus on radiology and biomedical applications.

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Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL)

for researchers, Local Government Authorities, natural resource managers, students
The Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) is a “one stop modelling shop” that simplifies the process of biodiversity-climate change modelling. Researchers can access data and perform data analysis and modelling.

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Characterisation Virtual Laboratory

for researchers using imaging techniques, structural biologists, microscopists
CVL provides remote access to a range of tools and specialised workbenches to process atom probe, neuroimaging, structural biology, X-ray and general imaging data.

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Climate Science Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory

for climate scientists
The Australian Climate Science Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory (Climate DeVL) provides the Australian research environments and data management capabilities to address the increased data access, data analysis and user support aspects required for the Coupled Model Intercomparison Project phase 6 (CMIP6).



for ecology researchers
ecocloud delivers cloud based computing tailored to ecological data and researchers. ecocloud provides a platform that brings together servers, storage, databases, coding languages, training, analytics and more.

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EcoCommons Australia

for researchers, educators, decision-makers and students interested in ecological or environmental modelling
EcoCommons will transform ecological and environmental research by creating a trusted single platform for digital modelling and analysis needs. Access pre-processed climate, environment and species data, tools to clean and process your own data, and a suite of peer-reviewed models and algorithms.

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for bioacoustics and ecoacoustics researchers
Ecosounds contains a repository of environmental audio recordings, and facilitates the management, access, visualisation, and analysis of environmental acoustic data.

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E-Research Institutional Cloud Architecture (ERICA)

for people working with sensitive, large scale data
ERICA – E-Research Institutional Cloud Architecture – is secure cloud computing infrastructure which enables cutting-edge data analytics and reporting. Importantly, the code base for ERICA can be used to establish Cloned Instances for use by other organisations.

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Field Acquired Information Management Systems (FAIMS)

for field work, including archaeologists, environmental scientist, geologists
FAIMS provides tools for digital data collection in the field, and online processing and archiving of the resulting data. It includes a mobile platform for multi-user data collection that is GIS-capable and works offline; online applications for data editing, analysis, and visualisation; and online data repositories and publication services.

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Galaxy Australia

for life science researchers
Galaxy Australia is a hosted web-accessible platform that lets you conduct accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational biological research. It contains over 1100 bioinformatics tools, over 220 reference datasets, tools which can be chained together into workflows, and provides 600 GB working data storage for Australian based users.

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for researchers, research organisations, government agencies (state and commonwealth) and infrastructure providers
ImagingTools helps researchers find and access digital characterisation resources, including online environments, computing facilities, data, training and events. ImagingTools is an initiative of the ARDC-supported platforms project Australian Characterisation Commons at Scale (ACCS).

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Industrial Ecology Virtual Laboratory (IELab)

for organisations, researchers and practitioners in fields such as regional and environmental economic modelling, life-cycle assessment, environmental footprinting, triple bottom line and supply chain analysis
IELab is a collaborative platform for multi-region input-output modelling and research. IELab processes and analyses economic, environmental and social data from any sector, country or region and provides high-resolution, time series creation, automated updating, hybridisation and analytical tools.

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Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL)

for marine researchers and managers
Comprised of a suite of complex models (e.g. ocean circulation, waves, water quality, and marine biogeochemistry), a network of observing sensors, and a host of value-adding tools, tThe Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL) enables research to understand the dynamics, interactions, and connectivity of an estuarine/coastal region, continental shelf region, or open ocean domain.


for researchers working with neuroimaging data
A flexible, scalable, and browser-based data analysis environment for reproducible neuroimaging

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Monash Secure eResearch Platform (SeRP)

for custodians of sensitive data, and researchers
Monash SeRP is a secure environment for sharing research data for collaboration and analysis, within the control and governance of the data custodian.

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for custodians of sensitive data, and researchers
SeRP@Curtin is an e-Research platform that allows researchers and data custodians to manage, store, share, analyse and link sensitive research data in a fully governed and highly secure environment, whilst maintaining full control of the data at all times.

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Time Layered Cultural Map (TLCMap)

for humanities researchers
TLCMap is a set of tools that work together for mapping Australian history and culture. TLCMap provides access to platforms for humanities researchers to use, create and integrate datasets and to create interactive visualisations, specifically for Humanities' epistemological and methodological needs.

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for glycomics, glycobiology, and other 'omics researchers
UniCarbKB is an online information storage and search platform for glycomics and glycobiology research integrating structural, experimental and functional data.


Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL)

for geophysicists
The Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL) is a scientific workflow portal that provides Geophysicists with access to a wide variety of geophysical datasets, specialised geophysics analysis programs, high-performance computing, and a workflow with spatial environment.

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