April 25, 2020
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Developed in partnership with the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) project, the SOAP-based Australian Synchrotron APIs are geared to let scientists access data on their experiments from Australia's Synchrotron, the nation's largest research facility, in a secure manner. This also permits data analysis through remote access.