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Mirage - A data management system for the UQ Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis

Mirage is a joint project between the UQ Centre for Microscopy and Microanalysis, and the eResearch Group.  The project is funded in part by AMMRF and in part by ANDS.  The primary objective is to provide a data management system for managing the data that is produced CMM's 15 or so electron microscopes and other instruments.  It is intended to replace an existing ad-hoc arrangement where a read-only copy of the data is temporarily stored on a shared file server, and then deleted after a couple of weeks.

The aims of the Mirage system include:

  • extracting the data files and metadata for each dataset that the researcher captures while using the instrument,
  • storing the data and metadata on the users' behalf, both online and offline,
  • allowing the researchers to describe, classify and organize their datasets,
  • providing search based on relevant metadata,
  • providing support for image viewing, as well as data download and upload,
  • providing proper access control, with facilities for sharing data between different users, and
  • providing facilities for publish both the data itself and collection metadata.

The Mirage system is currently in use on 5 of CMM's instruments, and is due to be rolled out across the remaining instruments over the next 6 months.  You can visit the live system at click on the "Data" link on the front page to see the public Experiments.

Mirage is based in part on the MyTardis data portal system developed by Steve Androulakis at Monash University, and used by a number of Australian research groups and centers. We have developed a number of plugins (django apps) for MyTardis, as well as separate software services for gathering and preparing data and metadata for ingestion into the system.

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This project is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) through the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy Program and the Education Investment Fund (EIF) Super Science Initiative, and also the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF).

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