August 2010

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia, 8-12 November 2010, Gold Coast Australia
  • Announcing the inaugural NZ eResearch Symposium 2010, 26-27 October, Auckland
  • Spatial@gov Conference and Exhibition 5-7 October 2010
  • ISO/OGC technical meetings in Australia November and December 2010
  • Monash e-Research Centre’s e-XPO from 25-27 August 2010
  • TARDIS/MyTARDIS Platform is selected for metadata capture for beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron, and for ANSTO Systems
  • AMMRF Technique Finder launched
  • Production AAF turns one year old
  • First dynamic (user-controlled) circuits from AARNet to Internet2 (USA)
  • New eResearch SA Director
  • Share Issue 05
  • Illustrate EVO Photography Contest – Win a Free $5,000 Laptop
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia, 8-12 November 2010, Gold Coast Australia

21st Century Research – Where Computing Meets Data

The voyage of 21st Century discovery is enabled by new technologies, new research methods, and above all new collaborations. At the nexus where computing meets data, researchers are using advanced visualisation, simulation and modelling to create and explore new knowledge terrains. Making this happen requires a large number of people working together — on making it possible to re-use data, on supporting collaboration, on developing standards, policies and practices, on networks, on access and security, on pushing the boundaries of computing power, and on tools to make sense of all the information.

Researchers, practitioners, leaders and communicators in Science, Engineering, the Humanities and the Arts – what new terrains are you exploring? Join us on the journey.

Registration will open later this month.  There is also still time to submit a poster until 22 September.  We hope you’ll be able to join us at the conference.  For more details please see

Patricia McMillan
eResearch Australasia Committee

Announcing the inaugural NZ eResearch Symposium 2010, 26-27 October, Auckland

Our NZ eResearch Symposium is a forum for NZ’s eResearch community, including those involved in using, developing, and supporting applications and services which take advantage of distributed collaboration platforms for team science, including grid middleware, high performance computing, data infrastructures, advanced video-conferencing, and advanced research networks.

Our inaugural NZ eResearch Symposium contains:
• several invited talks from eResearch leaders internationally and nationally,
• contributed paper sessions,
• a poster and demonstration session,
• several afternoon workshops on relevant topics,
• a reception event,
• and a conference dinner.

If you’re interested in being involved, either presenting, or in some way contributing to the symposium, do get in touch:
• Mark Gahegan , Chair, Programme Committee
• Nick Jones , Chair, Steering Committee

More information :

Nick Jones
Director, BeSTGRID
Co-Director, Centre for eResearch
The University of Auckland

Spatial@gov Conference and Exhibition 5-7 October 2010

The conference focus is on spatial capabilities in developing government policy, delivering programs, enhancing service delivery and streamlining business practices. Experts will examine how governments at all levels are applying geospatial technologies to address contemporary issues including:

• Earth Observation
• Gov 2.0 – Intelligent Business
• Education
• Defence
• Climate Change & Water Security
• Smart Infrastructure
• Social Inclusion

Lesley Wyborn
Geoscience Australia

ISO/OGC technical meetings in Australia November and December 2010

The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and International Organization for Standardization Technical Committee on Geographic information/Geomatics (ISO/TC211) will meet in Sydney and Canberra respectively, 29 November – 3 December and 6 – 10 December 2010.

Lesley Wyborn
Geoscience Australia

Monash e-Research Centre’s e-XPO from 25-27 August 2010

Members of the larger e-Research community are invited to visit the Monash e-Research Centre’s ‘e-XPO’,‘Technological innovation transforming research’. – A three day annual exhibition from 25-27 August 2010 which showcases innovative ICT technologies empowering Monash researchers.

The exhibition is located in the Atrium, Ground Floor, Building 75, Clayton Campus. (Entry is free.)

The Monash e-Research Centre harnesses the resources and capabilities of the University’s IT services, library and computer scientists to enhance research capability. For more information visit:

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

TARDIS/MyTARDIS Platform is selected for metadata capture for beamlines at the Australian Synchrotron, and for ANSTO Systems

TARDIS/MyTARDIS system for high-end instrumentation data capture (e.g. X-ray diffraction images) has been chosen by both the Australian Synchrotron and ANSTO (Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation) as the platform for metadata capture. Congratulations to the developers of TARDIS/MyTARDIS: Monash University biochemist, Associate Professor Ashley Buckle and software engineer Mr Steve Androulakis. (Support received from the Monash e-Research Centre, the Victorian eResearch Strategic Initiative, the Australian Synchrotron and the Australian National Data Service).

For 15 July TARDIS/MyTARDIS interview with Assoc Prof Ashley Buckle (of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences, Monash University) visit the ‘ABC Radio National’ website:
And ‘Monash Memo’ (28 April, 2010):

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

AMMRF Technique Finder launched

A new tool to help researchers navigate their way to world-class microscopy and microanalysis capability has been launched at the 21st Australian Conference of Microscopy and Microanalysis in Brisbane.

Developed by Intersect for the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF), the Technique Finder is a web application that enables AMMRF users to identify the techniques most suited to their research, based on a researcher-centric approach as opposed to instrument-oriented jargon.

“The AMMRF offers a complete user experience involving stages of project registration, planning and training followed by data gathering, analysis, management and publication. Intersect is enabling improvement of this experience through the development of tools that enable researchers to identify, access and apply appropriate microscopy techniques quickly”, said the Executive Director of the AMMRF, Prof Simon Ringer. The Technique Finder was funded by the National eResearch Architecture Taskforce.

For more information, see
Technique Finder can be accessed at

Leonie Hellmers
Communications, Intersect

Production AAF turns one year old

The AAF is now officially 1 year old and has been providing a production infrastructure to facilitate trusted electronic communications and collaboration within and between the Australian and international higher education and research institutions since June 2009.

The AAF has continued to grow during this time and we currently have 59% of Australian universities as Members with many more intending to join before the end of the year. In addition, 8 research organisations and 8 Affiliates also have the immediate benefit of logging on using the credentials issued by their home institution to access a growing list of services that are being AAF enabled. A list of current Members and Affiliates, and those intending to join, can be found at:

Thanks to the AAF Mini-grant scheme, a further valuable pool of services are being AAF enabled for access by our Participants. For more information about Mini-grant projects, go to:

Glenys Kranz
AAF Change & Communication Manager

First dynamic (user-controlled) circuits from AARNet to Internet2 (USA)

Dynamic circuits are the next step up from the static circuits that AARNet already provides to our most demanding users of point-to-point capacity. In contrast to static circuits, which are “pinned up” by AARNet staff, dynamic circuits allow the end user to nominate the delivery endpoints and bring up the circuit, taking AARNet staff out of the provisioning loop and thus making it quicker and easier to bring up such circuits in an on-demand fashion.

To make this happen, AARNet and NICTA (Australia’s Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Centre of Excellence are trialing Internet2’s ION dynamic circuit system ( Over the past few months the first successful user-controlled tests have been run between NICTA and WINLAB, (, at the Rutgers University Technology Center in New Jersey. The connection used a 1-Gigabit wave service from the Rutgers Technology Center supplied by NJEDge, the New Jersey State Research and Education Network, to MAGPI’s ION-enabled Point of Presence in Philadelphia, then across Internet2, through to CENIC in California and onwards to AARNet. This circuit was used to connect two Next-Generation Internet testbeds ( and on two continents and enabled successful federation of experiment control.

If tests continue to run to satisfaction, AARNet intends to make the trial available to a wider audience. If you are interested to participate in these wider trials, please send an email to

Guido Aben
Director eResearch, AARNet

New eResearch SA Director

eResearch SA is pleased to announce that Mary Hobson has accepted the position of Director, eResearch SA. Mary became a programmer in the British Ministry of Defence in the early 70s. During the early 90s Mary led a British Government funded aid project in the USSR to create an innovation centre and help access western markets for Russian research in microelectronics and associated sciences. After the project concluded she went on to do a technology transfer consultancy in Russia and created and ran a start-up company with Russian microelectronic engineers, selling integrated circuit design capacity to the west. In 2005 Mary moved to New Zealand, where she has worked in senior positions in the Polytechnic sector.

In recruiting eResearch SA’s first full-time Director, the Board sought a candidate with the right mix of research, technical and business skills, and experience to drive new research outcomes in South Australia through the use of advanced information technology and research data management. More information about this announcement can be found here:

Sarah Nisbet
Executive Communications Officer, eResearch SA

Share Issue 05

An electronic version (pdf) of the latest issue of Share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service is now available from the ANDS website at:

Issue 05 includes:
Chair’s report
Executive Director’s report
NeAT Project update on Aus-e-Lit
Discovering Australia’s Research Data – International Digital Libraries Conference
Champions of Research Data
-Sharing oceanographic data with the world
-From Mawson to TerraWulf II – Modelling the Australian Continent
-Collaborating to catalogue cancer mutations
Unique museum promotes an understanding of architecture
Meet the ANDS staff – Andrew Treloar
In brief
-National Science Foundation announces change of policy on data management
-JISC MRD Research Progress Workshop
ANDS Data Commons Boot Camp
Forthcoming events

To be notified about our forthcoming newsletters, please use the ANDS newsletter RSS feed, or subscribe to the ANDS General Google Group

Rosemary Vo
Project Officer, Australian National Data Service (ANDS)

Illustrate EVO Photography Contest – Win a Free $5,000 Laptop

ARCS and AARNet are holding an “Illustrate EVO” photography contest and you’re invited to participate. Just visit the contest website page, fill out the submission form and send us your favourite personal photo illustrating what you love most about Australia.

The top 10 snapshots will be used in EVO – with credit given to the photographer. One of those 10 will be selected as first prize, with the winner receiving a Dell Latitude E4310 laptop and accessories donated by Dell and valued at nearly $5,000.

There’s no fee to enter. The Illustrate EVO contest is open to all registered EVO users in the Australian research community. If you don’t already use the EVO video collaboration system, subscribing takes a matter of seconds.

The contest ends on 23 August 2010. So, go through your old photos – or take a new one – and share it with the research community. It might just win you a new computer.

For more information about the contest or registering for EVO, visit or contact

Susan Roth
Marketing and Outreach Manager
Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS)

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