Software for science

Our Workspace software offers scientists and researchers an easy way to analyse, model and visualise scientific datasets.

The Challenge

Science relies on complex datasets

In scientific institutions all around the world, scientists operate within similar workflows; sourcing data, analysing it, processing it – often using high-performance computing environments – and finally publishing it.

Visualising data: Simulated liquid flow mapped onto a meshed surface.

Very often, this involves a number of manual repetitive steps; moving data from one place to another, executing platform-dependent scripts, and more.

Up until now, scientists have often had to write their own purpose-built code from scratch – even when this is not their primary skill set. This approach is inefficient, prone to error, difficult to reproduce by other scientists and unsuitable to take into the commercial world.

Our Response

Introducing Workspace

Workspace is free software purpose-built for scientific applications.

Developed over the past eight years, Workspace has already been used for a wide range of projects, including natural disaster modelling, human movement and industrial and agricultural research. The software offers huge efficiency savings for researchers from all fields who work with datasets and complex analysis, freeing them up to spend more time focused on their scientific expertise.

Scientists also need to publish the outcomes of their research. Workspace allows them to easily release the software and analysis that backs up their findings.

Another advantage of Workspace is that users don’t need advanced programming skills and it runs on many different platforms and environments.

Watch: An introduction to Workspace

Workspace: Construct workflows, user interfaces and complete applications quickly and easily using Workspace.

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[Music plays and text appears: Introduction to Workspace – The basics of building a workflow]

[Text appears: Workspace is a framework in which you can construct workflows, user interfaces and complete applications quickly and easily. www.csiro.au/workspace This video shows reading, processing and visualising a surface mesh from point-cloud data (Zebedee).]

[Image changes to show a video demonstrating reading, processing and visualising a surface mesh from point-cloud data (Zebedee)]

[Text appears: Select operations from the Operation Catalogue and drag them on to the canvas]

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[Text appears: Arrange your operations to create your workflow]

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[Text appears: Use the Operation Editor to set the operation’s parameters]

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[Text appears: Nested workspaces hide complexity]

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[Text appears: Attach a widget to visualise your executing workflow]

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Operations automatically rerun as inputs/parameters

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[Text appears: When dragging only type compatible inputs or outputs are shown – and green indicates that a connection can be made]

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[Text appears: “Context sensitive” display of input and output ports]

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[Music plays and CSIRO logo appears with text: Big ideas start here www.csiro.au]

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The Results

Opening windows to science

Workspace can be used by non-software experts, allowing scientists from all over the globe to use the same platform and collaborate seamlessly on projects.

As well as these benefits, Workspace's data visualisations can help scientists make their research more understandable and accessible.

Workspace has already been used successfully by scientists at University College London, and locally by research institutions including the Australian National University, Macquarie University and the University of New South Wales.

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