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IT projects recognised for digital innovation

Two University of Tasmania IT projects have been recognised among the state’s and nation’s best for innovation in digital economy.

The eResearch Ecosystem received a merit certificate in the Public Sector and Government Markets category at the recent Australian Information Industry Associate (AIIA) Awards ceremony.

The national accolade follows two recent awards eResearch Ecosystem picked up at the AIIA Tasmanian chapter.

The University’s IT Services now has the opportunity to represent both the University and Tasmania at the international awards, taking place in Bangladesh in December.

The eResearch Ecosystem houses a range of innovative solutions to deliver an ecosystem that targets all researchers, delivering both a super computer and a secure big data storage platform to local, national and international research collaborators.

“Research data is big and growing rapidly in volume and diversity,” University of Tasmania IT Services Chief Information Officer Jeff Murray said.

“The University identified the need to open up its datasets and connect it to the world’s smartest people and giving them the ability to re-use and repurpose information that is slavish to collect, categorise, analyse, store and share.

“The intent is to ensure Tasmanian researchers are globally connected and discovered - to categorise, store, find, comment, rate and rank research data.”

AIIA CEO Rob Fitzpatrick said innovation is alive and well in all aspects of the Australian community.

“This year’s judges have remarked that the quality of entrants this year is far richer than they’ve seen before,” he said.

“Innovation, risk-taking and exploring new horizons are embedded in Australia’s DNA and the work of the finalists is an inspiration to us all.”

Earlier this year, the University’s Information Technology Services and Hobart-based practice, 2PM Services, were recognised by the Australian Institute of Project Management (AIPM) at the Tasmanian 2017 Project Management Achievement Awards.

The University and 2PM took out the “Small Projects Award” (for projects under $20 million) and the overall Tasmanian “Project of the Year Award” for the Skype for Business Project.

So far this year, the University’s IT Services has picked up a total of five national and state awards.

Image caption: The University’s IT Services Chief Information Officer Jeff Murray (left) with Adrian Dillon, Deputy Chief Information Officer.

Published on: 19 Sep 2017 11:55am