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About NeCTAR

With an emphasis on research software infrastructure that enhances remote access to national, state and institutional research facilities, National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) provides Australian researchers with access to instruments, data, tools, computation and storage that support collaborative research outcomes.

NeCTAR is creating and operating online infrastructure to support the “connected researcher” who at their desktop or benchtop can access data, computation, analytic tools, modelling tools and workflows specifically relevant to their research. The project aims to enhance research collaboration and research outcomes through infrastructure that

  • creates new information-centric research capabilities; 
  • significantly simplifies the combining of instruments, data, computing, and analysis applications; and 
  • supports research workflows that access multiple resources.

Since agreement of the NeCTAR Super Science Final Project Plan in August 2011, NeCTAR has partnered with Australian research institutions, organisations and research communities through a portfolio of sub-projects to develop and operate:

  • 11 Virtual Laboratories providing rich domain-oriented online environments that draw together research data, models, tools and workflows
    • created and operated via collaborations between research communities and research infrastructure providers.
  • 16 eResearch Tools providing online access to domain-specific research tools
    • by making existing research tools more accessible and linking them with existing research facilities and infrastructure, including the Virtual Laboratories.
  • A National Research Cloud [brochure] consisting of 8 Research Cloud Nodes and one Research Cloud Lead Node that collectively provide a federated cloud computing platform;
    • supplying large scale computing resources to all domains of Australian research; and
    • allowing researchers to rapidly deploy and share innovative new applications with their colleagues.
  • A National Server providing a robust hosting environment for core national eResearch and research infrastructure services.

The NeCTAR Projects

NeCTAR Funding

NeCTAR is supported by the Australian Government through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy to provide eResearch infrastructure in partnership with Australian research institutions, organisations and research communities. NeCTAR was established through the Super Science project, financed by the Education Investment Fund. The University of Melbourne has been appointed as the Lead Agent.

About the Nectar Project Directorate - contact details

About the Nectar Project Board