April 2010

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia Conference;
  • Monash University Accepts CENIC Award;
  • Nick Tate Named ARCS Associate Director;
  • Position Vacant: Research Data Consultant (Ecological Data);
  • ISO/OGC technical meetings in Australia November and December 2010;
  • Spatial@gov Conference 5-7 October 2010;
  • About this newsletter.

eResearch Australasia Conference

Please mark your diaries for eResearch Australasia 2010, to be held 8-12 November at RACV Royal Pines on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The Call for Participation will be issued later this month.

Monash University Accepts CENIC Award

Professor David Abramson accepted the CENIC ‘Innovations in Networking’ award on 9th March during the CENIC Annual Conference on behalf of Monash University and the University of California San Diego.

To read more about the award for the project ‘Enhancing Student Exchange Experiences’ visit the ‘UC San Diego News Center’ website (story by Doug Ramsey, 10 March, 2010): http://ucsdnews.ucsd.edu/newsrel/science/03-10Calit2Researchers.asp

Debra Truin
Manager, Outreach and Education
Monash e-Research Centre

Nick Tate Named ARCS Associate Director

The Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS), the national provider of collaborative eResearch services, has named Dr Nick Tate as Associate Director. In his new position, Dr Tate will oversee all ARCS operational staff; direct operational strategy and relationship management; and be responsible for the future growth of ARCS’ numerous collaborative and interoperable services.

Dr Tate spent the past decade as Director of Information Technology Services at the University of Queensland (UQ) and as the Director of the Australian Computer Emergency Response Team (AusCERT), which is based at UQ and provides internet security services to governments, universities and private industry.

He is a former Chair of the Council of Australian University Directors of Information Technology (CAUDIT) and currently serves as a faculty member at the CAUDIT Educause Institute as well as chair of two standing committees.

For more information, please visit http://www.arcs.org.au/news/related-files/Nick_Tate_Joins_ARCS.pdf

Susan Roth
Marketing and Outreach Manager, ARCS

Position Vacant: Research Data Consultant (Ecological Data)

Salary: (HEO7) $75,637 – $84,855, including 17% superannuation.
Closing date: 9 April 2010

eResearch SA and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) has an opportunity available for a Research Data Consultant (Ecological Data).
We are seeking an experienced data specialist to provide researchers with improved access to and analysis of ecological data, through collaboration with the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).

Working as a member of the TERN Ecoinformatics team within eResearch SA, the Research Data Consultant (Ecological Data) will be responsible for implementing a coordinated approach from ANDS and TERN to the harvesting and dissemination of metadata from ecological data collections, held mainly by state government agencies, in order to enhance the discovery and accessibility of ecological data sets.

Visit www.adelaide.edu.au/jobs/current/4791/  for more information, including the position description.

Sarah Nisbet
Executive Communications Officer, eResearch SA

ISO/OGC technical meetings in Australia November and December 2010

The two key organisations leading the development of geospatial standards internationally – the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and the International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee on Geographic information / Geomatics (ISO/TC 211) – will be holding their Technical Meetings in Australia in November and December 2010. This is the first time for over 10 years these two organisations are meeting in the same location, and it is also the first time that OCG Technical Committee has met in Australia. This is in recognition of Australia’s role in contributing to International Standard’s development and the leadership shown in promoting the adoption of these standards. ISO/TC 211 and OGC have developed a range of standards to advance geospatial interoperability, enabling spatial data and information to interact with relevant services and also to interact with other business processes in a seamless and integrated manner. 

Lesley Wyborn
Senior Geoscience Advisor, Geoscience Australia

Spatial@gov Conference 5-7 October 2010

Following the success of the inaugural spatial@gov® Conference held at the National Convention Centre Canberra in June 2009, the Australian Spatial Community and Hannover Fairs Australia (the organisers of CeBIT Australia) have joined in partnership to stage spatial@gov® Conference 2010. Experts will examine how governments at all levels are applying geospatial technologies to address contemporary issues including:

  • Social Inclusion
  • Climate Change and Water
  • Indigenous Communities and Culture
  • Federal, State and Local Government
  • Cities: Response to Change
  • The Significance of Spatial Capabilities
  • Access to Public Sector Spatial Information
  • Data Delivery and Access
  • New Approaches to Mapping
  • Governments’ roles in the Spatial Marketplace.


Lesley Wyborn
Senior Geoscience Advisor, Geoscience Australia

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