RDSI: changing the face of research data storage in Australia

The Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project has facilitated the creation of a robust, innovative and collaborative network of data storage facilities (Nodes) to support better-managed and more accessible world-class research data in Australia. This is evident by not only Node reporting, but by individual accounts from researchers using this infrastructure. Dr VanDerWal from James Cook University said: “Previously my thinking was limited by the small amount of storage and computing that was available to me. I always had to summarise down and minimise the data I don’t have to do that now. I don’t have to worry about the live disk limitation or the compute resources. Now I can focus on how I can make the sites more effective for people to use. I can keep doing the research as I’d like to see it be done.” Further stories and researcher accounts can be found at https://www.rdsi.edu.au/latest-news. As the project draws to its conclusion, the RDSI Project outcomes are set to be preserved moving into the future. RDSI's funded legacy will continue through the Nodes, AARNet, CAUDIT and the AAF. This presentation will take delegates through the lessons learned while developing a pioneering robust data storage infrastructure; it will cover the RDSI legacy to the Australian research community through the Node Operators that will continue the next steps in its evolution. The presentation will also discuss how the project enabled a healthier cultural shift in the way research is stored and shared in Australia.

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