Supporting our research community during isolation

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At AARNet we are now just over 3 weeks into working from home and we are slowly adjusting to this temporary normal. We know that it must be challenging for the research community to continue their research during these extraordinary times and we want you to know that AARNet is here to support you.

AARNet is widely regarded as the founder of the Internet in Australia and renowned as the architect, builder and operator of world-class high-speed low-latency network infrastructure and an expanding portfolio of products and services, all designed to meet the unique needs of the research and education sector.

But AARNet is much more than just an Internet Service Provider.

The AARNet network connects over two million users—researchers, faculty, staff and students—at institutions across Australia to the commercial internet, to their peers nationally and globally, to scientific tools and to a wide array of cloud services and specialist online resources, supporting education across the life-long learning spectrum and research across a diverse range disciplines in the sciences and humanities, including high energy physics, climate science, genomics, radio astronomy and the arts.

AARNet’s key service for researchers, beyond the actual network, is CloudStor.

CloudStor is an AARNet owned and operated service that provides fast, secure and easy-to-use cloud data storage and data transfer solutions for researchers, all hosted on the AARNet network in Australia. One terabyte of storage is available to individual researchers at AARNet-connected institutions.

In these challenging times, CloudStor provides researchers with the ability to move data from instruments and labs into the AARNet cloud, share data and do analysis on that data using Jupyter Notebooks.

As an example of what can be done, the AARNet eResearch Team have recently used CloudStor to compile in one place some of the COVID-19 Open Data available, see the Blog post here:

NEWS: How COVID-19 data is being shared with researchers globally.

For more information about CloudStor and other services to keep research going during isolation head to 

AARNet is also hosting fortnightly webinars to discuss remote research challenges and solutions while we juggle this temporary normal. You can register for these webinars below.

Supporting Remote Research Webinar Series

  • Remote Research Basics               Thursday 7 May – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Remote Research Challenges 1   Thursday 21 May – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Remote Research Challenges 2   Thursday 4 June – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Remote Research Challenges 3   Thursday 18 June – 12:00pm to 1:30pm
  • Remote Research Challenges 4  Thursday 2  July – 12:00pm to 1:30pm


You can also submit your suggestion for a webinar or reach out to the eResearch Team via our Contact Us webform.

Author: Dr Carina Kemp, Director of eResearch, AARNet

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