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Tim Senden (Project Lead,

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ANU Data Plexus for the Physical Sciences

Australian National University

Collaborator(s): National Computing Infrastructure

Project Description

The Australian National University (ANU) Research School of Physics and Engineering (RSPE) will develop a data plexus for the dissemination of physical data collections encompassing varied physical measurements of the material, atomic and quantum world. The plexus will for the first time allow RSPE and ANU to present internationally significant research data collections as a unified data resource for researchers in the physical sciences—across Australia and internationally. The data portal will host existing RSPE data collections during its development phases and act as an extensible platform for physical data collections into the future.Data collections planned for inclusion in the data portal include “static” data collections currently being maintained and curated within RSPE as well as “dynamic” data collections originating with RSPE instruments and facilities—such as the ANU “true” random number generator. The data collections will be augmented by the modelling, teaching and visualisation tools needed by researchers to fully exploit the research potential of each data set. The overall aim is to go beyond simple access to data collections and to integrate them with access to computational and on-line instrumental methods.

Non-ANDS funded activities
The project will be supported by complementary (ANU-funded) project activities including enhanced access to online physics simulators or measurement equipment already operating within RSPE. Access to these facilities will enhance the impact of the data plexus as a research data resource.
Example facilities include:
Quantum random number server ( A perfect random number generator which harvests quantum fluctuations measured in a lab to generate truly random numbers. There have been over 150 million downloads to date.
On-line nuclear structure simulator ( The “BrIcc” resource has been equally popular but relies instead on a series of physical data tables and formulae to simulate results of nuclear interactions.

Data Type:

physical measurements of the material, atomic and quantum world