New Zealand has been a relative latecomer when it comes to developing national e-infrastructure for its research sector. This has enabled the evaluation of several other country’s initiatives, when considering the best approach to roll out its own services.
The period since 2011 has seen a radical shift in many areas that affect New Zealand science, including its funding landscape, restructures at central government and a closer alignment to delivering business outcomes with the development of Callaghan Innovation. National Science Challenge announcements are scheduled for late April/early May, and a significant research data infrastructure component has been commented as commonly required for many of the identified priorities. Alongside this the NZ government is increasingly supporting collaborative international approaches as shown by NZ’s contributions to the Square Kilometer Array radio astronomy project, the recent announcement of NZ participation within the GeoPRISMS plate tectonic boundary studies, along with many others.
The country now possess several national e-infrastructures. Each has its differences in the way they are constituted, funded, how researchers gain access and the communities they serve. Leaders from these e-infrastructures will come together to discuss their respective roles, reflect on experience and discuss possibilities on the road ahead.
There are many factors that impact the successful delivery of national research infrastructure. Themes of discussion are likely to include the impact of Budget 2013, an emphasis on partnership, remaining flexible and responsive, and the competing demands seeking to maximise both efficiency and effectiveness.