About 55 heads of agencies and senior representatives of eResearch agencies attended the second forum of Australian eResearch Organisations (AeRO) in Melbourne on 18 June. The forum pursued the top priorities identified in the first forum, and subsequently ranked in a targeted survey.
Discussion focused on the two leading issues:
- developing catalogues of eResearch tools and services, and so expanding work to date by eg CAUDIT and ANDS; and
- providing help-desk services to support researchers across all eResearch services.
Presentations were made by representatives of CAUDIT, AARnet, ANDS, the University of Melbourne, AeRIC, AeRO and the AAF. The forum established two working committees to plan and action the next steps in both areas.
The next full AeRO forum will occur in Sydney immediately preceding the eResearch Australasia conference on 27 October 2012. For more see http://aero.edu.au/junenationalforum