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:
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 https://mirage.cmm.uq.edu.au: 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).