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The eResearch team provides advice on data management plans, privacy laws, arrangements for research publications as well as recommending tools to increase productivity or aid collaboration and resources to assist your work. We can also share with you best practices from other universities, disciplines and research groups.

We can assist researchers in identifying appropriate research computing platforms to suit their unique needs, including:

  • High Performance Computing (HPC)
  • Cloud Computing
  • Application Hosting Services

When you apply for a grant, we can assist you and your team to:

  • Develop data management plans
  • Develop estimates for the IT components of grant applications
  • Include in‐kind contributions based on Intersect services, such as high performance computing (HPC) and consultation/advice
  • Build collaborations where multi‐institutional collaborations are a requirement for application (e.g. ARC LIEF and NeCTAR)

Good planning leads to good practices, and that begins at the start of your project. Your Research Data Management Plan describes your strategy to collect, organise, manage, store, secure, backup, preserve and share your data during and beyond the project lifecycle. It deals with matters such as retention and disposal, archiving, accessing, sharing or publishing the data and conditions or restrictions for data reuse. Short-term and long-term aims can be balanced so that decisions made early in a project do not negatively impact on the ability to find and use the research data in future.

For more information visit the Research Data Management Toolkit. You can also read our Research Data Management Policy.

Data storage

Information about research data storage options is available through the Research Data Management Toolkit.

On request, ACU IT offers secure and backed up storage for your research group or project.

Contact the IT Service Desk for assistance.

Intersect is Australia’s largest full-service eResearch support agency. Intersect builds research applications across all disciplines and across a broad range of IT service categories including project management, analysis, architecture, solution design, and software development.

Our eResearch Analyst (Intersect) can assist with: 

  • Analysis, scoping, grant writing, software development, testing, deployment, and operations
  • Needs gathering for software, hardware, and people
  • Skills development and training
  • Access to technical services provided by Intersect
  • High performance computing, data storage and management, and collaboration tools.

Contact us for more information:

E: e.Research@acu.edu.au

eResearch Tools

ACU researchers and research candidates have access to a number of research tools and applications to support their research activities.

REDCap is a secure web platform for building and managing online databases and surveys. REDCap's streamlined process for rapidly creating and designing projects offers a vast array of tools that can be tailored to virtually any data collection strategy.

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IBM® SPSS® Statistics is a powerful statistical software platform. It offers a user-friendly interface and a robust set of features that lets you quickly extract actionable insights from your data. Advanced statistical procedures help ensure high accuracy and quality decision making. All facets of the analytics lifecycle are included, from data preparation and management to analysis and reporting.

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How do I get access?

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Off Campus (home use)

The Australian Bureau of Statistics is Australia's national statistical agency providing trusted official statistics on a wide range of economic, social, population and environmental matters.

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Microdata is data in a unit record file that provides detailed information about people, households, businesses or other types of records. The ABS provides access to microdata collected through ABS surveys, censuses, administrative data and integrated data from a range of sources.

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How do I get access?

To gain access to ABS Microdata, register as an ACU user on the ABS website and Research Services will confirm your application. 

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Census Data

Every five years, the ABS counts every person and household in Australia. The Census is the most comprehensive snapshot of the country and tells the story of how we are changing. Census data tells us about the economic, social and cultural make-up of the country.

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How do I get access?

To gain access to Census data, register as an ACU user on the ABS website.


TableBuilder is a flexible way to access detailed data where you can build your own tables based on underlying microdata, select the data items of your choice for cross-tabulation, display counts, percentages and relative standard errors in your table, and calculate means and medians for continuous variables such as income.

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How do I get access?

Staff and research candidates are able to register for TableBuilder Pro or Basic via the ABS website.

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SciVal offers quick, easy access to the research performance of 6,000 research institutions and 220 nations worldwide. A ready-to-use solution with unparalleled power and flexibility, SciVal enables you to visualize research performance, benchmark relative to peers, develop collaborative partnerships and analyze research trends.

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How do I get access?

Librarians can assist in advice on accessing and using SciVal.

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InCites is a citation analysis tool provided by Clarivate Analytics (part of Thomson Reuters). Drawing on data from the Web of Science databases, inCites supports analysis and reporting on research performance.

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How do I get access?

Librarians are able to assist staff and provide advice on accessing and using inCites.

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Office 365 is a suite of online and offline tools. This includes the desktop version of the latest Office applications, which users can install across multiple computers and devices.

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Adobe Creative Cloud is a set of applications and services from Adobe Systems that gives subscribers access to a collection of software used for graphic design, video editing, web development, photography, along with a set of mobile applications and also some optional cloud services.

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eResearch Training

Researchers and graduate research students have free access to a wide range of specialised courses, from beginner through to advanced levels in High-Performance Computing (HPC), Excel for research, data management and visualisation, cleaning and exploring data, and more.

Available to all staff, LinedIn Learning offers online training on data analysis tools (such as SPSS) and more.

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ACU Library provides sessions in writing a Data Management Plan, managing Sensitive data and making your data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable.

See the Library Training and Events for more information.

Delivered by a team of experts, these specialised courses for researchers are customised and regularly updated. The training is provided at no cost to ACU researchers, research groups and postgraduate research candidates.

Check the Intersect training site for the current course schedule.

To request Intersect training courses at your campus or for your research team, please contact the eResearch team.

E: e.Research@acu.edu.au

Contact us

Contact us with your eResearch enquiries, or to discuss reporting, privacy laws and data management. 

E: e.Research@acu.edu.au

Other useful contacts

Stephanie McGlinchey

Library Manager Research Services (ACU Library)

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Olivia Davies

ACU eResearch Analyst (Intersect)

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Michael Murphy

Manager Research Reporting

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Page last updated on 04/04/2024

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