Connecting industry with research expertise
Expert Connect is publicly searchable database of Australia’s research expertise, with more than 50,000 expert profiles from over 220 research organisations. Expert Connect has been designed to boost industry-researcher collaboration, with profiles for researchers being automatically created by drawing on authoritative sources, including:
The drawing together of this data is ongoing and automatic, with each new piece of data added to the relevant profile without manual intervention. There is no need for researchers to create or update their Expert Connect profile.
Anyone can search for a topic of interest using simple, non-scientific language, and find the most relevant researcher(s) to connect with. The platform considers both academic expertise and industry nous, presenting users with a list of relevant experts that are most likely to understand their business context.
Australian research expertise is just the start. Building on the current dataset, Expert Connect is expanding to include researchers from around the globe. Functionality will also be added to better support usage of the platform beyond industry-researcher linkages.
Harnessing research expertise to solve complex challenges
Rather than needing to know the research expertise they require, users can instead put forward details of the problem they are looking to solve, with experts then able to propose a solution. The Innovation Challenges marketplace also aggregates other relevant opportunities into a central place, making it easier for potential problem solvers to find them.
Challenges posted on the platform are automatically flagged with relevant experts most likely to have a viable solution. This means industry and government get their challenges in front of the right experts, and researchers get visibility of key end user challenges and priorities. If you have an innovation challenge you need solved, please get in touch with the details and we will list it on the platform.
Visualising national and global innovation data
InnovationMap is an interactive, geographic visualisation of innovation related data. Built on the Data61 Terria platform, InnovationMap allows users to overlay multiple datasets (including any data from data.gov.au) to build up a rich picture of a particular region and observe how it changes over time. The data always remains hosted at its original source, and is automatically drawn in and visualised as required.
The InnovationMap is currently visualising:
Plans are underway to also show the following data on the map:
If you have access to data that you believe would add value to InnovationMap users, please get in touch.