AAO Research Data and Software (RDS) is one of two technology development programmes at Australian Astronomical Optics (AAO), Macquarie University, working alongside the Instrumentation programme. They deliver specialised software and data services to Australian and international astronomers, along with project management and research systems administration expertise.
The RDS team is staffed by software and data engineers, UX/UI developers and research systems administrators, with a range of backgrounds, including many with postgraduate degrees in astrophysics. They have substantial expertise is managing software projects and the systems engineering involved in astronomical instrumentation, as well as large-scale data management and engineering. They provide an important link between researchers and the software systems required to reduce, process and analyse data from telescopes around the world, and they help facilitate collaboration between distributed research teams.
Specific capabilities include (but are not limited to):
System analysis and design
Instrument and hardware control
Data engineering and management
Data reduction, processing and analysis software
Large-scale database optimisation
Full-stack web development
User experience and interface design
Mobile application development
Collaboration software development
Systems administration and management
Agile software development and project management.