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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 (www.ada.edu.au). 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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