The agenda for the International Workshop on Science Gateways – Australia on 16-17 October in Brisbane is now available.

This workshop offers participants the opportunity to engage with other members of the Science Gateways community, to explore common issues and share successes. A Pacific Rim Applications and Grid Middleware Assembly (PRAGMA) workshop will also be co-located at eResearch Australasia on 16-17 October. Registration at the IWSG-A workshop will enable participants to also access the PRAGMA workshop.

A Science Gateway is a community-developed set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated through a tailored web-based environment. Often Science Gateways leverage larger scale computing and data storage facilities that would otherwise be inaccessible to many domain scientists. Gateways can be used to tackle common scientific goals, engage with industry, and offer resources for educating students and informing non-experts.

To continue the development of this community, this workshop offers a venue for knowledge exchange and skills development. Australian science gateways evidence many valuable impacts for their research communities, including collaboration with international gateways in their field. The significance of science gateways programs is evidenced in the existence of a range of national/regional programs that facilitate development of science gateways.

Don’t forgot to register to attend through the eRA conference registration process.

Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) Workshop

Xavier Goldie – Outreach Manager, AURIN1

1Australin Urban Research Infrastructure Network, The University of Melbourne, Melbourne 3000, Australia, Xavier.goldie@unimelb.edu.au



  • Is this workshop half-day or full-day?

Half Day

  • Who is the primary presenter for the workshop?

Xavier Goldie

  • Does the workshop include a hands-on component?




An AURIN workshop is a great opportunity to break down the AURIN Workbench and other spatial tools and to dive deep into the data access and analytics available through our platform.

Participants in the AURIN workshop will explore the extensive data repositories and extract information about Australian cities. Using the user friendly yet sophisticated tools contained within the AURIN portal, participants can mould this information into visible and sharable knowledge. Until now, much of this information has remained behind closed doors. AURIN enables access to this data for policy decision makers and planning professionals across all urban fields, letting users discover and mash-up data, information and knowledge.

Attendees will be able to expand their skills in GIS, accessing data through the AURIN Portal and AURINMap. We will learn how to interoperate between systems (AURIN Portal and QGIS) for maximum analysis impact.

Participants can undertake comparative analyses to study health data, analyse revealing socio-economic information, investigate walkability of neighbourhoods and more. Familiarity with these metrics is essential to understanding patterns of urban development and to best inform smart urban growth for a sustainable future.

Please provide an outline of the workshop content using the following format.

  1. Intro to AURIN

        20 minutes

  1. Using AURIN Map

        30 Miniutes

  1. Using the AURIN Portal

        60 minutes

  1. Interoperating with QGIS

        60 minutes


The workshop is open to all academic and government researchers who wish to learn more about AURIN and the potential to incorporate a spatial decision support aspect to their research.


Participants should bring a laptop, and should, if possible, install QGIS prior to attending the workshop (free Open Source GIS, available at www.qgis.org)




Xavier Goldie is Outreach Manager at AURIN

DMPs: Current thinking, future directions

Kathryn Unsworth1, Natasha Simons2

1Australian National Data Service (ANDS), Melbourne, Australia, kathryn.unsworth@ands.org.au

2Australian National Data Service (ANDS), Brisbane, Australia, natasha.simons@ands.org.au



  • This is a half-day workshop
  • The workshop will be presented by Kathryn Unsworth, Natasha Simons, members of the Australian/New Zealand DMP Interest Group
  • The workshop will include a number of group-based activities and small group discussions (no requirement for laptops)
  • The number of attendees will be constrained only by the venue’s capacity



Data Management Plans (DMPs) are a “hot topic” of discussion internationally and in Australasia. This is because significant technical and human efforts have been, and are continuing to be, directed towards the development and use of DMPs for research. But do they help or hinder the research process? What are alternative approaches? If DMPs continue to be used, how can they be developed to be more useful to researchers and their institutions? This workshop will put a spotlight on these questions, enabling a discussion forum and a showcase for new DMP tools and approaches. It will feature a guest speaker from the international Research Data Alliance Active DMPs Interest Group and speakers from institutions across Australia and New Zealand. The work of the Australasian DMP Interest Group, which formed in early 2017, will be highlighted.


Funder mandated Data Management Plans (DMPs) have been a recognised part of the research data management landscape in the UK and USA for almost a decade, with less formal and more research-centric examples evident since the 1960s and 1970s. Contemporary DMPs have evolved slowly in contrast to the rapid increases in complexity of research as experienced through high data volumes, new data types, innovative research methodologies and high throughput compute, in addition to the issues associated with research reproducibility. Consequently, government imperatives around improving investment returns from research through better managed and shared data has recently shone a spotlight on current DMPs and their efficacy.

In Australia and New Zealand, there are different drivers. DMP tools are widely used in Australian research institutions and a growing number in New Zealand, despite the absence of a compliance stick. This provides institutional administrators, research communities, and researchers themselves the space to assess the value (or not) of DMPs as experienced by local and international communities.

Discussions are now underway, focusing energies on developing DMPs that are more interactive, updatable, interoperable and accessible – actionable by both humans and machines. Common standards for DMPs are being explored, along with funder expectations, domain specificity and much more. Australian and New Zealand research and research support communities have a real opportunity to contribute to and help shape these discussions by providing our own perspectives, approaches and challenges. To facilitate local discussions and connections with those happening internationally, ANDS has formed a DMP Interest Group (DMP IG) that has attracted widespread interest from representatives from institutions in Australia and New Zealand.

To better explore the issues, we propose a workshop format that includes group-based activities, discussions, speakers drawn locally from Australia and New Zealand, and with the potential for international representatives from the Active DMP IG (Research Data Alliance) to contribute to the workshop agenda as well as present on international perspectives and approaches.


At this workshop, participants will:

  • Explore the concept of DMPs and discuss whether they are helping or hindering research
  • Learn about international approaches to DMPs, in particular the “white paper” on machine actionable DMPs and the dynamic work of the Research Data Alliance Active DMPs Interest Group
  • Engage with a range of new DMP tools and approaches being implemented by institutions in Australia and New Zealand
  • Participate in a discussion about the work of the Australasian DMP Interest Group and how this group is contributing case studies and ideas to the international DMP discussions


  1. Are DMPs a help or hindrance to researchers?

Can DMPs help researchers move from “What is data management?” and “Why should I care?” to “How can I better manage and share my data?”
45 minutes

  1. International approaches
    Guest speaker from the Research Data Alliance Active DMPs Interest Group (TBC)
    30 minutes
  2. DMP solutions – tools and approaches
  • UQ Data Management Record project
  • RedBox DMP lite tool
  • University of Auckland’s DMP solution
  • University of Melbourne’s DMP Online

45 minutes

  1. Australasian DMP IG discussions
    Role of the Aust/NZ DMP IG and sub-groups
  • Machine actionable DMPs (maDMPs)
  • Exposing/publishing DMPs
  • Researcher-centric data management planning
  • How you can get involved

45 minutes

  1. Wrap up.

15 minutes


The workshop is open to anybody interested in DMPs, DMP tools and their effectiveness. It will be of most interest to librarians and technical staff who manage or implement DMPs within the eResearch Australasia community.


Participants may wish to bring laptops, but they are not a requirement for the workshop.


Kathryn Unsworth is a Data Librarian with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) based in Melbourne.

Kathryn engages with a number of Australian universities, providing research data management related advice, support and training. Additionally, Kathryn works in partnership with institutions to deliver ANDS-funded projects. She has many RDM-related interests including, DMP implementations and their value in changing researcher behaviours and practices, IP and licensing issues for data, ethics and informed consent, and up-skilling data librarians for transition into data-intensive roles. http://orcid.org/0000-0002-5407-9987

Natasha Simons is a Research Data Management Specialist with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

Working with a variety of people and groups to improve data management platforms, policies and practices. With a background in libraries, IT and eResearch, she has a history of developing policy, technical infrastructure and staff skills to support research and researchers. She is co-chair of the Research Data Alliance Interest Group on Data Policy Standardisation and Implementation and co-chair of the Australasian Repository Working Group. Natasha is a member of the Australian ORCID Advisory Group and is an ORCID Ambassador. A writer and reviewer of papers related to libraries, persistent identifiers, repositories and research data, Natasha is located at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.

How to effectively create and execute a content marketing strategy with limited resources

Lauren Attana1, Sarah Nisbet1

1eRSA, Adelaide, Australia, Lauren.attana@ersa.edu.au 



Academic libraries & ITS Services frequently need to adapt the changing demands of learning, teaching and research. They often undergo comprehensive and wide-reaching transformation in how they create, use and support useful data discovery and management tools. however, they’re often restricted by limited budgets and lack marketing capability or resources to promote them. Content Marketing is a marketing engagement tool that can be easily added to the anyone’s outreach, promotion and communications tool kit – and overcome this issue.

There’s an opportunity within the eResearch space for Librarians and ITS staff to differentiate themselves by acting as managers/organizers of information and become recognized as a central learning space – all by putting a content marketing strategy in place. However, many operate without any strategy and tend to suffer from poorly written content, lack of interest/no perceived value from their audience as a result!

This workshop aims to demonstrate practical solutions on how to implement a simple, low cost, effective marketing strategy, with emphasis on the value of using content marketing.  Attendees of this workshop will come away with a strong understanding in the value of content marketing, immediately actionable content, and a marketing plan that will help shape their marketing activities for the future.

I will also delve how we successfully achieved our communications goals (increased open rates, hike in email subscribers, improved reputation) by moving away from ‘traditional marketing’ and building ‘relevant and personal’ content.

  1. Introduction

This session introduce what Content Marketing is, frame the workshop’s programme, touch on why you need to align your communications goals with your content development activities and why answering the “what’s in it for me” question in your content (i.e. articles, case studies, blogs etc) is the key to expanding the reach and awareness of your organization, service or tool.

        15 minutes

  1. Build it right and… it’s highly likely they will read it

“80 percent of decision-makers prefer to get information in a series of articles, versus an advertisement [aka traditional marketing].” https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/278465

You are the expert in your organisation – or at least you know a great deal more about it than those who you want to see and use your services and tool. This means all your content you can create, and the only cost is your time. Given that that time is precious, in this practical session you will learn how to and actually create useable content for your institution, and how to reuse and recycle it!

        45 minutes

  1. Create a simple Content Marketing Plan

During this practical session, we will build a simple content marketing plan tailored to your institution/facility. It does not have to be elaborate, just clear and concise. It will outline your goals and target audience plus a detailed plan for how you will use the content you create to address them.

        55 minutes

  1. Closing Session Opportunity to ask additional questions.

        10 minutes


This workshop is targeted towards Librarians and ITS staff who want to actively market and promote their tools and services and raise their profile however are often restricted by limited budgets, resources and lack marketing capability or resources.


BYO Laptop & Charger and 2 or 3 “Communications Goals” you’d like to achieve.

For example:

  • increasing potential users or students,
  • retention of existing ones,
  • making more people aware of your research publications, data discovery services, or IT tools



Lauren Attana is the Marketing and Communications Officer at eRSA. She regularly works with researchers and commercial users as well as with a national network of cross functional institutions, departments and organisations.

Lauren has a Bachelor of Public Relations from the University of South Australia where she majored in Marketing. Previously from a financial planning background, she has extensive experience in implementing and overseeing internal and external marketing and communications programs.

At eRSA, she is heavily involved in projects relating to digital marketing, social media and internal communications.

Working within the Marketing team, she regularly assists with the delivery of creative and innovative marketing and communication solutions for local and national projects for eRSA, Nectar and various other institutions.


Research Integrity and Ethics in the Cloud

Paul Wong1, Karen Mecoles2, Lien Le3, Gary Allen4, Jeff Christiansen5, Hamish Holewa6, Helen Morgan7, Nicholas Smale8

1 Australian National Data Service (ANDS), Canberra, Australia, paul.wong@ands.org.au

2 National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar), Melbourne, Australia, karen.mecoles@nectar.org.au

3 Research Data Services (RDS), Brisbane, Australia, l.le2@uq.edu.au

4 Office for Research, Griffith University, Brisbane, Australia, g.allen@griffith.edu.au

5 Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF), Brisbane, Australia, j.christiansen@uq.edu.au

6 Quadrant, Brisbane, Australia, hholewa@quadrant.edu.au

7 Scholarly Communication and Repository Services, University of Queensland, Australia, helen.morgan@uq.edu.au

8 Research Ethics and Integrity, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, nicholas.smale@unimelb.edu.au



  • This is a half day workshop
  • This is a facilitated workshop including a panel from research offices, eResearch service providers and research supports.


As cloud technologies are becoming cheaper and more accessible, it is becoming more attractive and cost effective to conduct research in the cloud – from the collection, processing, analysis and storage of data to the dissemination and sharing of research publications, software and data.  However, this also raises a number of research integrity and ethics issues, some old and some new, in the use of cloud for research.  As the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research is currently under review, it is a timely occasion to revisit the broad relationship between research integrity, ethics and the cloud.

In this half day facilitated workshop, ANDS, Nectar and RDS will bring together practitioners from research offices, research supports, and eResearch service providers to consider key research integrity and ethics issues around the use of cloud for research.  Over the course of the workshop, we’ll raise pertinent issues such as

  • Privacy (of human data)
  • Confidentiality (of sensitive data)
  • Utility (ease of access driving research efficiency)
  • Shareability (data discoverability and accessibility allowing reuse)
  • Stability (long term accessibility)
  • Copyright, licensing and ownership
  • Jurisdictional and policy issues across institutional, state and national boundaries

The structure of the workshop will include:

  1. Perspectives on the relationship between research integrity, ethics and the cloud – presentations by panel

        12 minutes x 5

  1. Facilitated panel discussions: 30 minutes
  2. Q&A from audience to panel: 30 minutes
  3. Scenario based breakout group work: 60 minutes


This is a workshop designed for researchers, eResearch service providers and research support staff to raise awareness of key research integrity and ethics issues around the use of cloud based technologies for research.


Bring your laptops or mobile devices as there’ll be a breakout session involving group works based on several work case scenarios.


Paul Wong is Senior Data Management Specialist with ANDS. In the last 18 months, Paul has been working closely with the ARC, NHMRC and Research Integrity Offices around Australia in the delivering a national workshop series at the intersection between research data management and research integrity. Paul was former Director of Office of Research Excellence at the ANU.

Karen Mecoles is Communication and Project Coordinator with NeCTAR. With a varied background in humanities, teaching and IT, Karen has held many roles in the University sector including academic, student advisor and IT developer. Karen has been a member of the NeCTAR team for over 6 years.

Lien Le is currently Deputy Director of RDS and responsible for the technical and strategic directions of RDS domain projects. Lien was previously the Senior Bioinformatics Team Leader at the Research Computing Centre, University of Queensland. She formed part of the Queensland EMBL Bioinformatics Resource node in conjunction with the hub at the University of Melbourne to gather bioinformatics expertise. She instigated and led the successful setup of an Australian based data repository.

Archiving, Finding and Accessing Data for Secondary Use in the Social, Behavioural and Economic Sciences: An Introduction to the Australian Data Archive

Steven McEachern1

1 Australian National University, Acton, ACT, Australia, steven.mceachern@anu.edu.au




This workshop will provide an introduction to standards and practices for managing, storing and disseminating research and administrative data in the social sciences and related disciplines in Australia. The workshop will provide an overview of current data management practice in Australia and internationally, and discussion of recent Australian developments in data sharing and open data.

Topics to be covered will include:

  1. Data Archiving in the Social Sciences (45 minutes)

– What is data management and data archiving?

– Data sharing policies in Australia: ARC, NHMRC and government data

– Standards for data archiving: OAIS, DDI and beyond

  1. Archiving and disseminating data with the Australian Data Archive (60 minutes)

– Managing active projects

– Archiving completed projects

– Producing data

– Metadata and documentation

Coffee break (15 minutes)

  1. Accessing data in the social sciences (60 minutes)
  • Finding data
  • Accessing data
  • Analysing data
  • Data formats and storage practices

Question and Answer session (15 minutes)

– Follow up, queries and issues


The workshop will be of interest to those researchers with responsibilities for management of quantitative and qualitative research projects, staff from government agencies interested in disseminating data, and others interested in data access methods for sensitive data.


Attendees will need to bring a laptop with a web browser installed. No particular skills or knowledge are required for this workshop.



Dr. Steven McEachern is Director and Manager of the Australian Data Archive at the Australian National University, where he is responsible for the daily operations and technical and strategic development of the archive. He has high-level expertise in survey methodology and data archiving, and for over fifteen years has been actively involved in the development and application of survey research methodology and technologies in the Australian university sector.

International Workshop on Science Gateways – Australia

Michelle Barker1, Steve Androulakis2, David Abramson3, Sandra Gesing4, Rebecca Pirzl5, Richard Sinnott6, Nancy Wilkins-Diehr7

1NeCTAR, Parkville, Australia, michelle.barker@nectar.org.au

2ANDS, NeCTAR, RDS, Parkville, Australia, steve.androulakis@nectar.org.au

3University of Queensland, St Lucia, Australia, david.abramson@uq.edu.au

4University of Notre Dame, South Bend, USA, sandra.gesing@nd.edu

5ALA, Canberra, rebecca.pirzl@csiro.au

6University of Melbourne, Parkville, rsinnott@unimelb.edu.au

7San Diego Supercomputing Centre, La Jolla, USA, wilkinsn@sdsc.edu



Workshop Length: Two Days

Primary Presenter: Various, including Dan Katz as keynote, submitted talk and discussions.

Workshop Format: Invited speakers, Open Call for Proposals (Lightning talks, demonstrations), World Cafe.




This two day workshop offers participants the opportunity to engage with other members of the Science Gateways community, to explore common issues and share successes.

A Science Gateway is a community-developed set of tools, applications, and data collections that are integrated through a tailored web-based environment. Often Science Gateways leverage larger scale computing and data storage facilities that would otherwise be inaccessible to many domain scientists. Gateways can be used to tackle common scientific goals, engage with industry, and offer resources for educating students and informing non-experts.

To continue the development of this community, this workshop offers a venue for knowledge exchange and skills development. Australian science gateways evidence many valuable impacts for their research communities, including collaboration with international gateways in their field. The significance of science gateways programs is evidenced in the existence of a range of national/regional programs that facilitate development of science gateways.

The submission closing date for IWSG-A is 30 June 2017. All submissions will be double-blind peer reviewed and evaluated on quality and relevance.


Data Analysts

Data Managers

Government Representatives

HPC Managers & Specialists

IT Managers & Directors



Professionals in associated disciplines

Project Managers


Research Computing Specialists

Research Managers


Software & App engineers

University Representatives


Attendees don’t need to bring computers.


Call for Papers finishes 30 June 2017. Instructions for making a submission can be found on the IWSG-A web site: http://iwsg-life.org/site/iwsglife/about-iwsg-a

COST:  This workshop isn’t subsidised. Full conference workshop fees apply.


Michelle Barker is Deputy Director (Research Software Infrastructure) at National eResearch Collaborative Tools and Resources (Nectar), a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) funded program. She is one of the convenors of the annual International Workshop on Science Gateways ­ Australia, and the International Coalition on Science Gateways. As Deputy Director at Nectar, Michelle directs the virtual laboratory program, which has facilitated the development of twelve virtual laboratories in diverse disciplines, with over 10,000 users. In this role she also facilitates national conversations around common challenges such as research reproducibility, software sustainability and impact metrics. She was previously Program Director of a science gateway for the malaria community, based at James Cook University. Follow her on Twitter as @michelle1barker

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