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ADA-Lab - A Virtual Laboratory for Australian Social Science Research

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Steven McEachern
Australian Data Archive, Australian National University

This paper presents an overview of ADA-Lab, a virtual research laboratory for Australian social scientists. The recently completed ASeSS project established the Australian Data Archive (ADA), launched in August 2011 ( ADA is now working to extend these services, to develop the ADA-Lab which will advance and develop our current services developed by: [a] continuing the extension and diversification of ADA's holdings into new thematic sub-archives and data formats; [b] further development of the ADA visualisation tools [c] creating the underlying architecture and capacity of the existing cloud service to support a viable virtual laboratory for ADA. The new ADA-lab environment will extend the existing ADA storage and online analysis facilities to provide an integrated environment for data access and computation using ADA and external data sources in a high-performance environment. The ADA-Lab environment consists of four elements: 1. Data storage foundation 2. Web analysis environment 3. Remote access environment 4. Secure environment The ADA-Lab development program will also provide a new set of researcher and archivist tools for enabling existing and new ADA data to be used in the ADA-Lab. The paper will provide an overview of the core ADA-Lab infrastructure, implementation plans, and an overview of progress to date.

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