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.

Research Data JCU

Supporting the research lifecycle at James Cook University

Research Data JCU is an integrated data management platform which features the ability to plan research projects (RDMPs), establish Data Records, and create Data Publications.

Datasets within Research Data JCU are typically available as Open Access and can be linked to via DOIs within publications and other research outputs. The platform helps ensure all researchers are able to meet their requirements under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research by cataloging their data and making it discoverable online via Research Data Australia.

Get in touch for more information about how to get your data into Research Data JCU.

Hacky Hour

Sharing our digital skills to improve your science.

We run regular, no-pressure meet-up sessions where you can ask questions and get help with technical problems in research. Maybe you've got a question about version control, programming, have a snippet of R, Python, Java or C code that you just can't get to work, or want some advice on data management or how to use the High Performance Research Computing (HPRC) system. If that sounds like you, you're in the right spot.

Where and when?

  • Day: Every other Thursday, starting 4 March 2021
  • Time: 1pm–2pm
  • Location: The Science Place Fish Tank, JCU Townsville, Douglas (Bebegu Yumba)
  • Twitter@JCUHackyHour
  • CodeR-TSV Website: codertsv.github.io

JCU’s Hacky Hour is also running a Slack workspace where you can sign up with your JCU email address (use a distinct password!) and join in to ask questions, help others and more. This works in association with CodeR-TSV, a thriving student-driven initiative put together by die-hard, code-writing scientists who use R (and other languages) to solve a diverse set of problems in their respective fields.

All JCU researchers and HDR candidates are invited to come along to Hacky Hour (if they can) and join both Slack workspaces to learn about upcoming training, workshops and events. Whether it is face-to-face or on Slack, the diverse team of experts will provide answers to all your research computing and coding questions!

We are always on the lookout for people to help by sharing their own knowledge and skills in their areas, so if you are interested in helping others please email us at eresearch@jcu.edu.au and join in.


1TB 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 1TB 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.

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.