Just as in other facets of life, information and communication technologies (ICT) are radically transforming the way research communities across the world are operating. Distributed high-performance computing, digital data resources and high speed communications are just some of the developments improving the capacity of researchers to interact with their colleagues and share data worldwide in ways previously un-heard of.
These 'e-Research' capabilities are enabling researchers in fields as diverse as medicine, genetics, chemistry, education, linguistics and finance to achieve world class research outcomes and to disseminate knowledge gained from research through the use of advanced ICT. In fact, e-Research has the potential to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of research endeavours across all disciplines. Greater interactivity between researchers and an increased ability to access research outputs will benefit industry, governments and the Australian community as a whole.