BeSTGRID doesn't exist anymore
Please go to NZ eScience Infrastructure (or CeR if you belong to University of Auckland, Landcare Research or University of Otago). (And yes, you might still be redirected to a BeSTGRID branded join page due to legacy reasons, but be assured that it is now a NeSI service.)
BeSTGRID is funded from early 2009 to June 2010 from the Ministry of Research Science & Technology eResearch budget, to further evolve eResearch infrastructure in New Zealand, including specialised applications and services for both Geo and Bio sciences, and lower levels of middleware. The project will publish several reports defining plans for implementation of these applications, services, and middleware, along with a final report to outline the current and possible future eResearch infrastructure strategies. This site contains all of the technical documentation relating to the BeSTGRID project, please see the main BeSTGRID Website for information about the project and getting started.
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See our Getting started page on our main website to start using BeSTGRID services and tools
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The BeSTGRID Data GRID: Over 100 Terabytes of Data Storage for Research Data distributed between Auckland, Canterbury and Massey. A data grid is a grid computing system that deals with data—the controlled sharing and management of large amounts of distributed data. These are often, but not always, combined with computational grid computing systems.
Many scientific and engineering applications require access to large amounts of distributed data (terabytes or petabytes). The size and number of these data collections has been growing rapidly in recent years and will continue to grow as new experiments and sensors come on-line, the costs of computation and data storage decrease and performances increase, and new computational science applications are developed.
BeSTGRID's Sakai Virtual Research Enviroment (VRE) facilitates collaboration and communication for specialist research communities within New Zealand.
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Towards a Federated Identity: The project will facilitate strategy formation through a technology road mapping approach. This will include initial research of appropriate solutions, workshop to review candidate solutions with panel of people with IAM expertise and/or mandate from KAREN member organisations, and presenting candidate solutions back to the representatives for discussion and feedback.
New Zealand researchers engaged in video conferencing and collaboration are supported by the Advanced Video Collaboration Centre, a MoRST funded national centre providing support for a range of frequently used applications and services including:
KAREN - Kiwi Advanced Research and Education Network
BeSTGRID's services are delivered to participating institutions over the KAREN network. KAREN is a high bandwidth dedicated research and education network which connects New Zealand researchers and educators to each other and to colleagues internationally.