Connecting researchers to the equipment they need
Universities like Monash, Swinburne and RMIT are collaborative – they share new resources and information to further their findings. Different universities have databases with unique ways of cataloguing the equipment and services they offer. Researchers often contact several facilities to understand whether the equipment they need is available and how to arrange access. Monash approached Conduct to design a portal called Arin (Australian Research Infrastructure Network); a platform to aggregate information from different universities. To make Arin functional, we had to solve a key challenge. How do we connect these resources through one portal when the data across organisations is so variable?