Our Partners

Western Sydney University partners with outside organisations and bodies on various eResearch related projects. These relationships are brokered and managed by the eResearch team. Major partners include:

Intersect Australia Ltd

Intersect is a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee, established by its founding members to provide eResearch services and solutions. Western Sydney University is a member of Intersect.

Intersect and Western Sydney University have partnered to deliver a number of eResearch services for University researchers:

  • Intersect operates the Orange supercomputer and has a 6% share in Raijin, the most powerful supercomputer in Australia. These computing facilities are available to Western Sydney University researchers. See Time: Fast Computing (opens in a new window) for further information
  • Intersect provides data storage solutions and other services to Western Sydney University researchers. See Space: Vast Storage (opens in a new window) and Energy: Big Service (opens in a new window) for more information.
  • Intersect provides eResearch consulting and advice to Western Sydney University on-site through its eResearch Analyst Peter Bugeia. Peter works as part of the eResearch team.

The University has partnered with Intersect on a number of eResearch projects including:

  • ANDS Data Capture Application DC21 for the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.
  • ANDS Seeding the Commons Project SC20.
  • NeCTAR Human Communication Science Virtual Laboratory for the MARCS Institute and related partners.

Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) – Intersect has successfully partnered with Western Sydney University and other Intersect member universities in a bid proposal to set up and manage the NSW RDSI storage node.

Intersect has successfully partnered with Western Sydney University and other Intersect member universities in a bid proposal to set up and manage the NSW NeCTAR node. For more information about NeCTAR, see below.

For more information about Intersect, see the Intersect website (opens in a new window)

ANDS – Australian National Data Service

ANDS is an Australian Government initiative whose focus is to build the Australian Research Data Commons: a cohesive collection of research resources from all research institutions, to make better use of Australia's research data outputs.

ANDS is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative.

ANDS has partnered with Western Sydney University to deliver a number of eResearch projects:

  1. ANDS Data Capture Application DC21 for the Hawkesbury Institute for the Environment.
  2. ANDS Seeding the Commons project SC20.
  3. ANDS Metadata Stores program MS23.

For further information about ANDS, see the ANDS website (opens in a new window)

NeCTAR – National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project

The NeCTAR Project aims to enhance research collaboration and research outcomes by providing Information and Communication Technology (ICT) infrastructure that:

  1. Creates new information centric research capabilities;
  2. Significantly simplifies the combining of instruments, data, computing, and analysis applications; and
  3. Enables the development of research workflows based on access to multiple resources.

NeCTAR is a $47 million Australian Government, Super Science project, financed by the Education Investment Fund. The University of Melbourne is the lead agent appointed by the Australian Government. The Australian Research sector has committed $54 million as co-investment to the NeCTAR project, resulting in NeCTAR injecting $101 million to Australia's research infrastructure.

Western Sydney Unversity has partnered with Intersect to win $1.3 million of NeCTAR funding to build a virtual laboratory for Human Communication Science. This project is being led by the MARCS Institute and involves 15 partners nationally. Intersect is doing the software development. The project commenced in 2013 with the majority of the software development work concluding in 2014. The project will continue through in-kind funding commitments by the member partners.

For more information about NeCTAR, see the NeCTAR website (opens in a new window)