Our team works tirelessly to help researchers take advantage of the latest technology, producing cutting-edge outcomes.

Advice and consulting

Ask us first when it comes to your research projects, costing and more.

Whether you need information about sensor networking or data management, we're here to help.  We're always keen to lend a hand when you're assessing requirements for a research project or you're looking for some advice on technology a little further into your work.

High Performance and Research Computing

HPRC provides both computation and storage resources to the JCU research community.

We provide a Linux-based computing cluster for running processing tasks, helping improve your efficiency.  We offer central, large-scale storage for research projects, helping to protecting the most vital resource — your data.

Our facilities use enterprise-grade equipment within JCU's data centres, meaning greater resilience against hardware or software failure, power disruptions and other accidents such as loss or theft.  We can even create custom environments for projects with special requirements, like running software that only supports Microsoft Windows.

No matter the size or complexity of your research, you can benefit from using HPRC.  It's also worthwhile checking what standard practices are with your supervisor, College or research unit as some research groups may have alternative arrangements for research data storage.

QRIScloud and Research Data Storage (RDS)

For research data holdings of lasting value and importance, use RDS.

QRIScloud is a large-scale cloud computing and data storage service allowing Queensland researchers access to a full suite of eResesarch services. QRIScloud is part of a federally-funded, national network of research computing infrastructure designed to provide researchers with access to high-speed, high-capacity computing services.

RDS is a long-term data storage initiative which allows researchers to apply for capacity to house their data in a secure, disaster-resilient fashion.

To apply for RDS or QRIScloud services at JCU, get in touch with our Research Data Coordinator, who will help guide you through the application process.

Tropical Data Hub

Cataloguing all tropical data associated with James Cook University and its partners

The Tropical Data Hub (TDH) is the JCU research data repository and the central data store for archiving and public distribution. Data stored in the TDH can be searched for and viewed via the JCU Research Data site.  Data held within the TDH is optimised for read-only use.  For any datasets that need to be regularly modified, consider using HPRC storage.

Get in touch for more information about how to get your data onto the TDH.


100GB free Dropbox-like storage for Australian researchers.

CloudStor is a cloud-based file storage solution, similar to Dropbox and other file-storage solutions, that is provided for researchers by AARNet (Australia's Academic and Research Network). Researchers can access to up to 100GB of cloud-based storage free of charge and easily share with colleagues, even if they're overseas. There are tools available to enable automatic synchronisation of files between your workstation or laptop and the cloud as well as apps for your mobile device (Android, Apple and Windows devices).

Access to CloudStor is provided for all researchers as part of James Cook University's networking agreements.


An intuitive web platform for research collaboration.

Whether you need collaborate with colleagues next door or across the globe, eSpaces is there.  You can publish content easily, share securely with your team, and build a dynamic online presence for your research activities.  The flexibility of eSpaces means you can create anything from a research project website to fully-private collaborative workspace, all with online storage and simple sharing across organisations. Our solution, powered by the Plone Content Management System, is fully open-source, and has been built for usability and security from the ground up.

The eResearch Centre, in collaboration with the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF), provides eSpaces for free for qualifying Australian and New Zealand researchers.