The federal government has formed an e-research coordinating committee, which is part of a $1 billion commitment to improve research infrastructure.
IT Minister Helen Coonan and Education Minister Brendan Nelson jointly announced formation of the e-research coordinating committee which, according to Coonan, will bring together key stakeholders "develop a strategic framework to allow Australia to fully benefit from the implementation of e-research".
Nelson said the Australian research community is embracing ICT and large-scale projects are being made possible for the first time.
"With e-research, researchers will be able to overcome the tyranny of distance by providing more opportunities to collaborate nationally and internationally," he said.
Contributors will include government departments, research institutions, research network providers, industry and funding agencies.