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A national collaboration including UNSW Sydney’s Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing has been successful in securing National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) investment from ARDC’s 2020 Platforms program to create a secure data platform, the Secure eResearch Platform (SeRP): Scalable Governance, Control & Management of FAIR Sensitive Research Data.
The project, led by Monash University, and involving five other Australian universities, plans to deliver a secure, trusted and scalable environment for data sharing, governance, control and management services for researchers.
Data security for research is an emerging and critical area that needs sustained national investment. Data can be sensitive for many reasons: personal, cultural, national security or commercial sensitivities.
In 2018, Monash University established a research collaboration with Swansea University in the UK to adapt and deploy an instance of SeRP on the ARDC’s Nectar Research Cloud. The SeRP platform also incorporates data linkage capabilities developed by the Centre for Data Linkage (CDL) at Curtin University.
The project will enable both institutional and national cross-jurisdictional research projects that bring together national and global sensitive data assets and collaborations.
SeRP will underpin Dementia Platform Australia, which is led by the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA) at UNSW Sydney.
We are delighted to see this partnership with Monash University become a reality. Dementia Platform Australia plans to host data on scores of longitudinal studies of brain ageing and dementia which could transform the epidemiology of ageing and dementia. It is a partnership with Dementia Platform UK, which will provide the software, and COSMIC collaboration, which brings several Australian and international studies to this platform to make them accessible to researchers around the globe.
Professor Perminder Sachdev, Co-Director of CHeBA