June 2010

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2010: Call for Participation;
  • 2010 IEEE 6th International Conference on e-Science;
  • THATCamp Canberra 2010;
  • “AARNet Anywhere” personal video service Beta Tests;
  • Round 3 AAF Mini-grant Recipients;
  • Auckland’s Centre for eResearch welcomes new staff to BeSTGRID;
  • VeRSI May eNewsletter;
  • About this newsletter.

eResearch Australasia 2010: Call for Participation

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.

The Call for Participation is now open.  Submissions are due 30 June 2010.  Please see www.eresearch.edu.au for further details and to register as an author.  The conference will be held 8-12 November at Royal Pines Resort on Queensland’s Gold Coast.

Patricia McMillan
eResearch Australasia Committee

2010 IEEE 6th International Conference on e-Science

The sixth IEEE e-Science conference, sponsored by the IEEE Computer Society’s Technical Committee for Scalable Computing (TCSC), will be held in
Brisbane, Australia from 7th – 10th December 2010.  Please see www.escience2010.org for more information.

The e-Science 2010 conference is designed to bring together leading international and interdisciplinary research communities, developers, and users of e-Science applications and enabling IT technologies. The conference serves as a forum to present the results of the latest research and product/tool developments and to highlight related activities from around the world.  It is expected that the proceedings will be published by the IEEE Computer Society Press, USA and will be made available online through the IEEE Digital Library.

Important Dates
Papers Due: Friday 16th July 2010
Notification of Acceptance: 3rd September 2010

David Abramson
Program Committee Chair

THATCamp Canberra 2010

The THATCamp movement is coming to Australia! THATCamps (The Humanities And Technology) are user-generated unconferences on the digital humanities bringing together humanities researchers, developers, curators, archivists, librarians — anyone interested in exploring the possibilities. THATCamps are being held this year in a number of US locations as well as London, Paris and now… Canberra.

THATCamp Canberra will be held at the University of Canberra on 28-29 August 2010. Registration will be free, and applications will be open soon at the THATCamp website – http://thatcampcanberra.org/. To keep up with developments follow @THATCampCBR on Twitter.

Tim Sherratt (tim@discontents.com.au)
Words – http://www.discontents.com.au
Experiments – http://wraggelabs.com
@wragge on Twitter

“AARNet Anywhere” personal video service Beta Tests

AARNet are in the beta stages of delivering a personal / web-based video conferencing platform, dubbed “AARNet Anywhere”. Accounts can be given out to anyone within the AARNet constituency; AARNet does not intend to charge for the service. Non-members of the constituency aren’t excluded: they can join conferences; they just won’t have the privilege to initiate them. The platform can either run audio and video completely in web-based mode; alternatively, it can use Skype to handle multipoint audio and call setup. Sharing of presentations and documents is also possible, as is sharing of desktop content.

To participate in the trial, or just to read up on more information, please see

Guido Aben
Director eResearch, AARNet

Round 3 AAF Mini-grant Recipients

The Australian Access Federation Inc. is pleased to announce that five Mini-grants have been awarded from Round 3 applications:

  • The University of Southern Queensland and Automated Patrol Telescopes Australia:
    telescope-net (provides access to online telescopes and observing hardware, astronomical imaging services and other astronomy-related services)
  • Flinders University:
    AusStage (the Australian hub for research on live performance, linking researchers in universities, industry and government)
  • University of Technology, Sydney:
    Labshare (uses remote labs to support the sharing of engineering teaching laboratories between institutions)
  • The University of Queensland:
    Authenticated Annotation Service for E-Research (AASER) (provides end users with the ability to securely attach annotations to virtually any web page using only their web browser as the client)
  • ARCS:
    Sakai (a collaboration and learning environment that provides tools to help organise communication and collaborative work)

Congratulations to all recipients. More information is available from http://www.aaf.edu.au/index.php/mini-grants/grant-recipients/.

Glenys Kranz
Change and Communication Manager, Australian Access Federation (AAF) Inc.

Auckland’s Centre for eResearch welcomes new staff to BeSTGRID

As BeSTGRID and eResearch activities in NZ continue to grow, Auckland are pleased to welcome two new members to their team, being Gene Soudlenkov and Markus Binsteiner. Gene is new to the eResearch community, and will work on a variety of projects within BeSTGRIDs core data and computational infrastructure services while also having recently started a PhD in Radio Astronomy with Dr. Slava Kiteaff. Markus will likely be more familiar to many, as he joins Auckland from VPAC and ARCS, where he lead the development of the Grisu software for accessing computational resources within ARCS. BeSTGRID are an enthusiastic end-user of and contributor to Grisu, and look forward to continuing work with ARCS on its growth and maintenance, along with other shared eResearch infrastructure services being developed across the Tasman.
Nick Jones
Director, BeSTGRID and Co-Director, Centre for eResearch
The University of Auckland

VeRSI May eNewsletter

The May issue of the VeRSI eNewsletter is now available. It can be downloaded from the VeRSI website: https://www.versi.edu.au/publications/enewsletter/enewsletter-11

In this issue you’ll read about:

  • The Monash e-Research Exemplars and Discussion Forum
  • A range of international guest speakers
  • Federation of BeamLine access via the AAF
  • VeRSI’s Damien Mannix in his role as support staff for the AAF
  • The deployment of MyTARDIS – a protein crystallography database
  • The JISC study of Virtual Research Environments.
  • Results from VeRSI’s 2009 survey.

Gaby Bright
eResearch Communication, VeRSI

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