National network of trusted data repositories establish standard for the future

Imaging equipment such as MRI, PET and CT scanners are capable of producing vast amounts of valuable research data. In order to maximise research outcomes, data must be stored securely, have its quality verified, and should be accessible to the wider research community.

Informatics fellows from around Australia have combined their expertise to build a series of Trusted Data Repositories (TDR’s) to provide researchers with a secure location to store, share and curate their data.

This national project, Delivering durable, reliable, high-quality image data, jointly funded by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and Research Data Services (RDS), guarantees the storage of data for at least 10 years for use in future research.

Led by the National Imaging Facility (NIF), the project brought together researchers and informatics specialists from UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI), Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI), Monash eResearch Centre, the University of Western Australia, RCC (Research Computing Centre, UQ) and the University of NSW. Together, the team has established best practices for TDR’s to store imaging data nationally, through the NIF network.

To read the full article, please click on the following link:

https://cai.centre.uq.edu.au/article/2017/12/national-network-trusted-data-repositories-establish-standard-future

Imaging Data, a Treasured Asset

Micro-CT imaging data collected at CAI by National Imaging Facility (NIF) Fellow, Dr Karine Mardon, has been transformed into an interactive display as part of the 200 treasures exhibition at the Australian Museum’s newly restored Long Gallery (now Westpac Gallery).

The data has been reconstructed to create a multimedia, interactive exhibit where visitors can see a 3D model of the internal structures several specimen.

The Westpac Gallery 200 Treasures will be a permanent installation and featured 100 invaluable treasures from the Australian Museum collection, and the stories of 100 people who have had a profound influence on Australian history.

The gallery has a rich history, as the first gallery in Australias first museum. The 19th century theatre has been extensively restored over the past two years to preserve and adapt the space. While respecting the historical signifcance of the gallery, it has embracing a modern spirit reflecting the museum’s current and future collections.

The Museum has been experimenting with CT to view internal structures of a specimens without the need for dissection.

Acknowledgements
Micro-CT data collected at the Centre for Advanced Imaging on the Inveon PET-CT, funded as part of the National Imaging Facility (NIF) by Dr Karine Mardon. Multimedia display in the Westpac Long Gallery developed by the interactive design company Holly. All images are copyright of the Australian Museum.

For more information on this study, please click on the following link:

https://cai.centre.uq.edu.au/article/2017/12/imaging-data-treasured-asset

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