December 2010

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2010 session recordings available ;
  • eResearch Education and Training;
  • Try ARCS’ Connect-In Application for the ARCS Data Fabric;
  • Win One of 6 iPads with ARCS’ “Register or Refer” Contest;
  • Framework for eResearch Adoption in NZ;
  • Introducing Tuakiri;
  • VeRSI funding extension;
  • VeRSI’s November eNewsletter;
  • About this newsletter.

eResearch Australasia 2010 session recordings available

Thanks to all who attended eResearch Australasia 2010 last month and helped to make it an outstanding event.   A number of the sessions were recorded, and these are now available for download via the ARCS Data Fabric:   These include the keynote addresses, featured talks, the eResearch Forum, and several others.  Many thanks to ARCS for recording the sessions and making them available.  Presentation slides will be available on the website soon.

Please mark your diaries for eResearch Australasia 2011: eXtreme eResearch, November 6-10 in Melbourne.  We hope to see you there.

Patricia McMillan
Program Director, eResearch Australasia

eResearch Education and Training

At this year’s eResearch Australasia Conference eResearch Education and Training BoF it was agreed to build an Education and Training community of interest – sharing resources and announcements and planning to develop the activities in this space. These plans include quarterly EVO meetings and a half-day workshop at next year’s eResearch Australasia conference.

We welcome all those interested in eResearch Education & Training, including people simply interested in learning about what others are up to.

You can join the group here:

Gaby Bright
eResearch Communication, VeRSI

Try ARCS’ Connect-In Application for the ARCS Data Fabric

ARCS is pleased to announce we have released Connect-In, a free iPhone application that connects with the ARCS Data Fabric to allow researchers access to their information anywhere, any time.

Connect-In provides for the uploading/downloading of files; password protection; renaming and emailing files; and integration with an iPhone camera so researchers can collect images with GPS coordinates and upload those images to their shared research directory.

The beta version of Connect-In is now available via the iTunes Apps Store. Simply login to your iTunes account and search for “Connectin” to begin enjoying access to your data regardless of your location.

Please test the application and let us know your thoughts for enhancements and hardening of the product’s capabilities.

The Data Fabric is Australia’s national file system for storing and sharing research. It is designed to overcome regional and institutional barriers that inhibit optimal research outcomes. For more information about Connect-In and the Data Fabric,

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

Win One of 6 iPads with ARCS’ “Register or Refer” Contest

ARCS’ “Register or Refer” Contest makes collaborating with your peers easy! How? If you’re not already a user of the ARCS Data Fabric and EVO video collaboration systems, register for both and you’re automatically entered into the prize draw. If you’re already benefitting from both services, just refer a colleague and fill in the simple contest entry form. Not only will you find collaborating easier … you may soon be doing that sharing over one of our contest’s six free iPad prizes!

Deadline for entry: Monday, 13 December at 5 p.m. AEDT
Prizes: Six 64GB 3G iPads donated by ConferenceIT, TPAC, eRSA, iVEC and QCIF

The winners will be selected in a random draw. Three winners will be selected from those newly registering for the two services. Three winners will be selected from those referring new registrants. For more information and to enter by referring a colleague, Good luck!

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

Framework for eResearch Adoption in NZ

The Ministry of Research Science and Technology (MoRST) has kicked off a project to help increase uptake and use of eResearch tools and methods through developing a Framework for eResearch Adoption.

We want to develop a pragmatic and achievable plan that can be incorporated into policy and work programmes over the 2011-2013 period. The framework we will draw from successful eResearch service models internationally, for adaptation into the New Zealand research environment.

The framework is intended to:

  • help research organisations plan actions to increase the adoption and use of eResearch tools and methods by their research staff
  • help research organisations share and apply good practice in research data management
  • help build the case for funding for national eResearch infrastructure coordination and capability support

Finally, we will be looking to develop a framework to take into account the need for research organisations to apply good practice in research data management. This work aligns with MoRST’s environmental data policy and publicly funded research data management policy currently under development (

We are seeking input into this framework from relevant staff at New Zealand research institutions. Any advice or suggestions from Australian counterparts will be gratefully received. Contact Julian Carver,, an independent information specialist, Seradigm Ltd ( or Julie Watson, eResearch Advisor, or +64 4 917 2863 for more information.

Julie Watson
eResearch Adviser
Ministry of Research, Science + Technology

Introducing Tuakiri

Tuakiri is the Maori word for identity, and this name is now associated with the New Zealand Access Federation. Project work is underway for the establishment of the NZ Access Federation, Tuakiri, which is being funded by the New Zealand Ministry of Research, Science and Technology (MoRST) and delivered by The University of Auckland. Tuakiri will:

  • provide a legal structure within which NZ’s Research and the Higher Education Organisations can share a set of agreed policies, rules and identity for access to online resources.
  • provide capability for secure and seamless collaboration for the NZ Universities, Crown Research Institutes by 31 July 2011.
  • enable people to use their home institution credentials to connect to remote sites and online resources without releasing unnecessary private information.
  • enable con-federation services with the Australian Access Federation Inc. by March 2012.

Further Information on website:

Sat Mandri
Project Leader, Tuakiri

VeRSI funding extension

VeRSI has received a further year’s funding, to expand the membership to other Victorian universities and continue engagements across Victorian universities and research institutions. The funding extends VeRSI through to the middle of 2012. Over this period discussions will also proceed on models to support eResearch activity into the future.

Gaby Bright
eResearch Communications, VeRSI

VeRSI’s November eNewsletter

In VeRSI’s November eNewsletter read about:

  • Our 2010 showcase and extended funding until mid 2012
  • The Canberra THATCamp and the upcoming Melbourne THATCamp in March 2011
  • Guest writer, Sarah Nisbet explains some of the work undertaken at eResearch South Australia
  • The History of Adoption research project, currently running at Monash
  • Our first Text Encoding Initiative workshop
  • A quick report back on VeRSI international engagements
  • And a win for one of our own, Gerson Galang for his artistic talents.

Viewable here:

Sarah Abramson

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