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Virtual Laboratories

Virtual Laboratories are fully equipped, one-stop-shops for computational research. They are online platforms that bring together everything researchers need to analyse data, collaborate and innovate.

Virtual laboratories make datasets, state-of-the-art analysis and visualisation tools easily accessible in a simple and easy-to-use environment. This means large datasets don’t have to constantly be moved between platforms to perform different functions.

NCI’s unique integration of high-performance cloud and supercomputing with Australia’s largest data storage facilities makes it an ideal host for virtual laboratories and the NCI Research Engagement and Innovation Team are world leaders in this revolutionary new technology.

NCI is currently supporting three new Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratories (DeVL), alongside several key partner agencies. Funded by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), the DeVLs will enhance research collaboration and outcomes by providing the data and software infrastructure to support research priorities from several key communities: Climate, Geophysics and Marine.

NCI is the lead for the Climate Science DeVL, working with AuScope in the GeoDeVL and IMOS, CSIRO and the Bureau of Meterology on The Marine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL)

NCI has a key role in the development of Virtual Laboratories funded by the Australian Government through the previously named National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project:

NCI also provides the compute power for Geoscience Australia’s Digital Earth Australia, and is a partner of the NeCTAR-supported Biodiversity & Climate Change Virtual Laboratory.

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