New NeCTAR tool offers cloud storage, research tracking

Quadrant, a National eResearch Tools and Resources Project (NeCTAR) funded project, has released a new cloud-based e-research tool that allows users to collect, store and share data.

Built for researchers who often work collaboratively with others, users can access and manage their files in one central place.

“All researchers can manage their research project from one participant to thousands of participants,” Quadrant project director and manager Hamish Holewa said in a statement.

“Researchers can say goodbye to spreadsheets, email, USB keys and file sharing as Quadrant makes it easy to collect, view and track the progress of research data at all points throughout the project.

“We believe that researchers should be able to collaborate instantly without barriers across institutions, the country and the world. Research collaboration software should be easy to use, intuitive and self-managed.”

The data management tool lets users upload data from a database, add files to a project, record contact with research subjects and track progress.

The data is stored and backed up in Australian servers, according to NeCTAR.

"Researchers who use qualitative and mixed-method research methodologies in the disciplines of health, humanities, social science, politics, marketing, communications, sociology, education and anthropology will benefit most from this tool", a statement from NeCTAR said.

Researchers can try the tool for free until 30 June 2014.

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