Estimation of the Value and Impact of
NeCTAR Virtual Labs
Investigators: Kim Sweeny, Masha Fridman and Bruce Rasmussen
Funded by: Nectar
Funding 2016-2017: $87,500
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);
- 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.
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Innovation: Knowledge Access
Investigator: John Houghton
Funded by: Omidyar Network,
UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC), Canadian
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC), Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC),
US Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC-ARL),
German Research Council (Deutsche Forschungs Gemeinschaft),
UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), UK Natural
Environment Research Council (NERC), Netherland's SURF
Foundation, Danish Ministry of Culture, Danish Ministry for
Science and Innovation, European Knowledge Exchange Group (KE),
Australian Department of Industry, Australian
Department of Education, Science and Training (DEST), Australian
National Data Service (ANDS), Australian and New Zealand School
of Government (ANZSOG), Australian Research Council (ARC).
Part of the Institute's research program on innovation, focused on knowledge
access and the economic and social impacts of access to knowledge.
This work explored the economic implications of alternative
scholarly publication and distribution business models and the
impacts of those models on the economy and society. Major foci
included 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 contributed 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.
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