QRIScloud infrastructure currently underpins a range of research applications and services. QCIF (who operate QRIScloud) also funded the development of a number of third-party research tools, some of which are listed here.


Research Cloud applications

Nectar's Application Catalogue is powered by the Murano OpenStack project and provides a simple interface for the deployment of pre-packaged, cloud-ready applications. These applications can be launched through the Nectar dashboard.

Applications that are available include R-Studio, Drupal, BioLinux, Bioconda, Lime Survey, Wordpress, CKAN, a LAMP stack, and Duply Backups.

Collaboration tools


eSpaces is a freely-available, intuitive, web-based platform for research collaboration. You can use an eSpace for team collaborations. Log in with your Australian Access Federation (AAF) credentials. 

eSpaces-based sites allows content, files, and pages to be stored securely, with the flexibility of access via the web and mobile devices. The system provides granular permissions, allowing a range of types of security. eSpaces is perfect for spanning a range of researcher needs, from public-facing research portfolio or project pages, through to a secure collaborative environment, and anything in between.

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Quadrant is a secure, ethically compliant and efficient online collaborative tool to manage participant-based research projects.

Quadrant allows you and your team to power your research by helping you track participants, manage, and collaborate on participant-based research projects. If you use spreadsheets, emails and file sharing software to manage your research, then Quadrant is for you.

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Metadata tools


ReDBox is a metadata registry application for describing research data.

ReDBox (Research Data Box) helps the research community describe and share information about research data collections. ReDBox has been designed to assist universities in bringing their research metadata under management, meeting the requirements of the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, and interfacing with Research Data Australia, the national research data discovery system maintained by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC).

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Geospatial tools

Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL)

An easy-to-use, web-based platform with advanced visualisation and modelling tools created by the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory

The service provides an innovative, efficient, robust portfolio of integrated tools, data collections and access portals for modelling the potential responses of Australia’s biodiversity to climate change.  

Go to the BCCVL now


CLiMAS is part of the JCU Tropical Data Hub, an open portal enabling researchers to submit information relating to the tropics in an open and collaborative way.

CLiMAS allows researchers to:

  • See climate suitability maps for individual species, now and in the future
  • See biodiversity (count of species suitable to an area) maps, now and in the future
  • Create regionally-focused reports on the future of climate change and biodiversity

Go to CLiMAS now


Edgar is part of the JCU Tropical Data hub, an open portal enabling researchers to submit information relating to the tropics in an open and collaborative way. The Edgar site provides users with access to projected environmental suitability maps for Australian bird species under various climate change scenarios.

Go to Edgar now

Climate Science Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory

The Climate Science Data-enhanced Virtual Laboratory (Climate DeVL) provides an integrated platform of tools and resources that assists scientific collaboration and information-sharing in Australian climate and weather research. The Climate DeVL offers Australian researchers: access to climate and weather modelling software products; an extensive data library; new research, analysis and visualisation tools; and a platform for sharing experiments and results across the research community.

Go to Climate DeVL now


AURIN is a national collaboration delivering e-research infrastructure to empower better decisions for Australia's urban settlements and their future development. The AURIN Workbench delivers researchers with access to diverse data from multiple sources, and facilitates data integration and data interrogation using open source e-research tools.

Go to AURIN now

Genomics tools

Galaxy Australia

A web-based platform, aimed at biologists, for processing and analysing genomics and metabolomics data, using distributed national compute.

Galaxy Australia takes the IT out of bioinformatics. It lets biologists use a suite of genomics and metabolomic analysis tools on an open, web-based platform for accessible, reproducible, and transparent computational biomedical research.

Go to Galaxy Australia now


Endocrine Virtual Laboratory

The Endocrine Genomics Virtual Laboratory (endoVL) provides seamless and secure access to clinical and bioinformatics data sets in a unified manner. The endoVL project provides a unified and ubiquitous eResearch environment, supporting clinical and biomedical research in a range of nationally significant endocrine disorders that builds upon the bioinformatics opportunities brought to bear in the post-genomic age of personalised medicine.  Through endoVL Australia-wide endocrine research will be augmented and translated into a clinical (translational) context leveraging and integrating –omics capabilities to realise the vision of personalised e-Health in a seamless, user-oriented research environment, and will also show how –omics research can itself be directly shaped from contextual clinical information on the patients involved.

Go to the endoVL now



Stemformatics is an academic, online database and analysis tool which allows researchers to visually analyze and explore publically available mouse and human stem cell datasets.  We are a community-driven resource - all of the experiments hosted by our database are curated by stem cell annotator and a computational curator and we only include data that meets high quality standards.

Stemformatics.org is a free resource which operates under an open access model. Datasets hosted by Stemformatics is indexed by the Web of Science. We are funded by the Australian research council to support the stem cell community to make use of exemplary stem cell datasets. We attribute all data directly back to data generators and authors with transparent links to the appropriate data repository (such as GEO) as well as the original publication via PubMed, and we include host lab information where possible. 

Go to Stemformatics now

Imaging tools

Characterisation Virtual Laboratory

The CVL is an online, cloud-based environment to access imaging tools and data. CVL provides a remote desktop environment, run on the Nectar cloud, which provides access to a range of tools to process atom probe, neuroimaging, structural biology, X-ray, and general imaging data.

Go to the CVL now

Geophysics tools

Virtual Geophysics Laboratory

The Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL) is a scientific workflow portal that provides Geophysicists with access to an integrated environment that exploits eResearch tools and Cloud computing technology. VGL is an open-access virtual laboratory which provides geophysicists with ability to download, sub-set and process data with various computational and statistical methods in a generic/expandable platform.

Go to the VGL now 

Marine modelling tools

Marine Virtual Laboratory

The MARine Virtual Laboratory (MARVL) provides all of the tools necessary to construct a virtual environment of a region of interest. Comprised of a suite of complex models (e.g. ocean circulation, waves, water quality, and marine biogeochemistry), a network of observing sensors, and a host of value-adding tools, MARVL can underpin research to understand the dynamics, interactions, and connectivity of an estuarine/coastal region, continental shelf region, or open ocean domain.

Go to MARVL now

Astronomy tools

All-Sky Virtual Observatory

The All-Sky Virtual Observatory (ASVO) links large-scale optical and theoretical datasets within a single Virtual Observatory.

Go to ASVO now 

Humanities tools

HuNI Virtual Laboratory

The HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) Virtual Laboratory combines data from many Australian cultural websites into the biggest humanities and creative arts database ever assembled in Australia. HuNI data covers all disciplines and brings together information about the people, works, events, organisations and places that make up the country's rich cultural landscape.

Go to HuNI now 



Tinker is the web portal of the HASS Data-Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (HASS DEVL). It is an ARDC-funded project that aims to increase the capacity for innovative data-driven research in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. HASS researchers are encouraged to experiment (hence the platform name “Tinker”) as a way to build skills and give confidence to those using digital tools and methods in their research.

Go to Tinker now

Human communication science


Alveo provides on-line infrastructure for accessing human communication data sets (speech, texts, music, video, etc.) and for using specialised tools for searching, analysing and annotating that data.

Go to Alveo now 

Natural hazard research tools

Virtual Hazard Impact and Risk Laboratory

The Virtual Hazard Impact and Risk Laboratory (VHIRL) is a scientific workflow portal that provides natural hazard researchers with access to an integrated environment that exploits eResearch tools and Cloud computing technology.

Go to VHIRL now 

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