Data Science and eResearch

Data Science and eResearch

Data Science and eResearch

Advances in data creation, collection, analysis and presentation provide enormous opportunities and responsibilities for Universities, researchers and end-users. Opportunities include faster research results and outcomes, data reproducibility, opportunities for collaboration, and for funding. At the same time all research institutions must ensure sound data management practices and policies are in place under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research.

Macquarie's Data Science and eResearch Platform Strategy guides Macquarie to realise the opportunities and comply with our responsibilities.

The Data Science and eResearch Advisory Group provides advice to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Research and reports through to the Research Management Committee (RMC) and the Research and Research Training Committee (RRTC) to guide decision making with regard to Data Science and eResearch projects, tools, policy, and capability development. The Chair of the Advisory Group is PVC (Research Performance and Innovation), Professor Peter Nelson.

What's new?

June has been a month of 'firsts' for data science and eResearch at Macquarie.

On Monday 5 June the University's first Data Science and eResearch Director, Associate Professor Shawn Ross, commenced in the role which was created to implement the Data Science and eResearch Platform strategy developed by Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Integrity and Development). Associate Professor Ross will take on the part time position while continuing his research in the Department of Ancient History and his directorship of the FAIMS Project. Read the This Week Q&A with A/Professor Ross.

Also in June, Macquarie's first cohort of Software Carpentry Instructor trainees were put through their paces at a two day workshop led by Belinda Weaver and Software Carpentry Foundation Executive Director, Jonah Duckles. The group now have three months to gain their accreditation and will be integral to helping build more training and communities of practice in digital research across the University. Read Belinda Weaver's blog post on the workshop.


R Users Group, Tuesday 27 June 3pm

The upcoming MQ R Users Group meeting will feature Dr Ben Marwick from the University of Washington, Seattle. Dr Marwick is an archaeologist, and an expert in reproducibility in research broadly. He will demonstrate how to enhance the reproducibility of your research using R and related tools such as Git, Travis, and Docker and will illustrate this with examples from his published articles.

All are welcome to join us on Tuesday 27th of June 2017 in the Biology Tearoom (E8A 280) at 3 pm. Ben will talk for roughly 30-60 min and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. For everyone who is new to R and would like to get started or just needs a refresher, the group is offering an R introduction on the same day, 27th of June, 1:30 pm in the Biology Tearoom.

Contact Rene Heim ( if you would like to know more.

ResBaz Sydney, 3-5 July 2017

Coming up next month is ResBaz Sydney. Workshops are currently full, but places are still available for festival day on day three. See the ResBaz Sydney website for more information.

Jobs Board

We are currently seeking a Project Manager, Data Science and eResearch to join the team. Please see the job advertisement for more details and contact A/Prof Shawn Ross to discuss the role.


Associate Professor Shawn Ross, Director, Data Science and eResearch

P: 02 9850 7010


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