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INNOVATION

New Projects 2017

Estimation of the Value and Impact of NeCTAR Virtual Labs
Investigators: Kim Sweeny, Masha Fridman and Bruce Rasmussen
Funded by: Nectar
Funding 2016-2017: $85,000
Description: VISES was commissioned by the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (NECTAR) to estimate the value and impact of Nectar Virtual Laboratories (VLs). This process was led by Dr Michelle Barker, Deputy Director, Research Software Infrastructure of NeCTAR with the involvement of Dr Lyle Winton, Deputy Director, Research Platforms.

Nectar was established in 2009 by the Australian Government following a 2009/10 Budget announcement of $47 million to support Nectar as part of the Super Science initiative financed by the Education Investment Fund (EIF).

Four VLs were assessed (Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL); Characterisation Virtual Laboratory (CVL), Genomics Virtual Laboratory (GVL). and Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI)) to:
access value (value of the time and therefore the cost for users of accessing the labs);
contingent value (employs a willingness to pay approach to valuing the services of the labs);
efficiency savings (savings made by the users of having access to the labs compared to the costs involved should the labs not exist); and
return on R&D (estimated returns to investment in R&D).

Report: Sweeny, K., Fridman, M. and Rasmussen, B. 2017, Estimating the Value and Impact of Nectar Virtual Laboratories, Report to Nectar, VISES, Victoria University, Melbourne.

Read news of report on Nectar.

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Innovation: Knowledge Access

Part of the Institute's research program on innovation, focuses on knowledge access and the economic and social impacts of access to knowledge. This work explores the economic implications of alternative scholarly publication and distribution business models and the impacts of those models on the economy and society. Major foci include Open Access models for scientific and scholarly publishing, the curation and open sharing of research data, and the costs and benefits of making public sector information (PSI) more openly and freely available. Each of the projects contribute to our understanding of the implications of alternative information publishing and dissemination models, and to the active worldwide policy debate on Open Access, Open Science and Open Data.

Research on Knowledge Access has been funded by the Omidyar Network, the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (Jisc), the Canadian Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), the US Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC-ARL), the German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft), the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the UK Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the Netherlands' SURF foundation (SURF), the Danish Ministry of Culture and Ministry for Science and Innovation, and the European Knowledge Exchange Group (KE), as well as the Australian Department of Industry, the Australian Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), the Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG), and the Australian Research Council (ARC).

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John Houghton, Professorial Fellow, VISES, John.houghton@pobox.com