The Australian Research Enabling Environment (ARCHER) builds on the architecture and prototype software developed by the DART and ARROW projects to adapt them to fit the needs of a number of data intensive research areas represented by the nine high priority capabilities under the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).
ARCHER is a project to productionise the software tools developed under the DART project and adapt them to fit the needs of a number of NCRIS priority research capabilities. ARCHER will take the 'proof-of-concept' tools developed under DART and produce 'production-ready' software tools to assist researchers collect and store data, share it securely with collaborators, plus access many of the DART developed tools, such as annotations, electronic publication, replication and backup, communication tools, search tools, etc.
The ARCHER project is funded by the Australian Commonwealth Government’s Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), through to the end of 2007. The funding has been provided through the Systemic Infrastructure Initiative (SII) as part of the Commonwealth Government's Backing Australia's Ability – Building Our Future Through Science and Innovation. DART is part of the collective Managed Environment for Research Repository Infrastructure (MERRI) set of projects.
The vision for ARCHER is to provide MyResearchSpace: an integrated solution for distributed eresearch teams. ARCHER is focussed on the research/collaboration space, particularly tools that support working with large data sets and digital objects.
ARCHER aims to support these phases of research by:
General information about the project is available on the ARCHER Project site.
The ARCHER project is a collaboration between The University of Queensland, Monash University and James Cook University, funded by the Australian Commonwealth Department of Education, Science and Training, under the Systemic Infrastructure Initiative, during 2007.