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AARNet commends the work that the expert working group has done to produce the draft 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.
We have made a submission in response to the draft, with a number of comments and recommendations. In particular, AARNet strongly supports the bringing together of the Digital Data and eResearch platforms. These are inextricably coupled, and it is vital at this stage of the development of Research Infrastructure that there be coherence among all its eResearch elements.
AARNet is very strongly of the view that AARNet, the AAF (Australian Access Federation), and NCI/Pawsey supercomputing facilities must be explicitly and formally engaged in the definition, subsequent deployment and operation of the Australian Research Data Cloud (in addition to ANDS, RDS and NeCTAR). The Australian Research Data Cloud needs to be more clearly defined. Its success will need to leverage all the existing national e-Infrastructure service providers, associated compute, storage, network, identity and software platforms, and expertise within the sector.
It should also be noted that national extension and international expansion of AARNet will reduce the operational costs and increase the data-driven research impact of connected facilities, instruments, campuses and regions.
We note that Cybersecurity has been removed from the Roadmap and we recommend that it is reinstated. The need for research is highlighted in Australia’s Cyber Security Strategy and should not be ignored in the context of the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap.