This is the first step in a partnership between the Australian Synchrotron and Monash University that leverages the leading Australian eResearch infrastructures of – MyTardis, R@CMon and VicNode, through the support of the NeCTAR and ANDS programs. The goal is to establish a data service, initially for the MX beam line, that captures all research beam line data for analysis, discoverability and re-use. The MX beam line alone means that approximately 1-2TB/month of research data is captured for collaborative use, and managed through the life cycle to the point where data behind important discoveries is one click away to being made open. The Store.Synchrotron pilot has been capturing data for several months, and as of today some collections have progressed from research collaborations to open through Creative Commons licenses.
Monash University is a recognized leader in the creation and management of large scale imaging for research. Store.Synchrotron is a user of the MyTardis service hosted by the Monash eResearch Centre under the leadership of the coordinator of the newly formed Monash Bioinformatics Platform – Steve Androulakis. MyTardis operates on a virtual machine at R@CMon and uses the computational volume storage that is part of the R@CMon/VicNode facility. As the data grows, infrequent data will spill over to vault storage, automating operational efficiencies.