Software platforms

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Software platforms are online services that make it easier for researchers to access the data, tools and compute they need to get their jobs done.


Most software platforms aim to meet the needs of a specific research community.

QCIF is involved in the following software platforms: 

Galaxy Australia

Galaxy Australia is a freely-available hosted service of Galaxy (a Web-based platform for accessible, reproducible, and transparent bioinformatics analysis) that all Australian researchers can access.

Galaxy is focused on the analysis of high-throughput sequencing and genomics data and provides a broad range of bioinformatics tools (e.g. for assembly, alignment, RNA-seq, metagenomics etc.) and ample amount of working storage.


ecocloud delivers cloud-based computing tailored to ecological data and researchers. ecocloud provides a platform that brings together servers, storage, databases, coding languages, training, analytics and more – over the Internet (“the cloud”) to offer faster innovative solutions, flexible resources and ongoing support.

Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL)

The BCCVL is a “one-stop modelling shop” that simplifies the process of biodiversity-climate change modelling. Its mission is to connect the research community to Australia’s national computational infrastructure by integrating a suite of tools in a coherent online environment where researchers can access data and perform data analysis and modelling.

Characterisation Virtual Laboratory (CVL)

The CVL aims to make a significant contribution toward addressing the major challenges faced by the Australian characterisation community. 

The CVL project works with facilities to integrate scientific instruments with rich data management and analysis environments hosted in the national research cloud.

More software platforms to come!

In late 2019, the Federal Government through the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) announced it would fund 10 new software platforms and services for Australian researchers. See the ARDC website for more information