March 2010

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia Conference;
  • Australian Access Federation (AAF) membership is on the rise;
  • ANDS Roadshows in Canberra and Sydney;
  • QCIF/UQVislab and AARNet demonstrate Visualcasting;
  • NSW Minister for Science launches Intersect project for schizophrenia research;
  • 3rd Annual iVEC eResearch Forum;
  • Feed VeRSI’s Digital Humanities Blog;
  • The February issue of the VeRSI eNewsletter is now available;
  • 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 in April.

Australian Access Federation (AAF) membership is on the rise

Has your organisation joined the AAF?

Membership of the AAF has been rising steadily since late last year. In particular, since the beginning of 2010, eleven applications have been received from universities, research organisations and Service Providers. It is expected that membership will continue to grow in the coming months allowing researchers and academics to take advantage of an increasing number of federated services. To access the full list of AAF Members and Affiliates, go to:

The Project Team will also be conducting a number of interstate Roadshows in 2010. The first Roadshow for the year will be held in Melbourne over a couple of days in the next few weeks. Contact the Change & Communication Manager ( to register your interest in attending one of these sessions or keep an eye on the News & Events section on the AAF Home page for details (

Glenys Kranz
AAF Change & Communication Manager

ANDS Roadshows in Canberra and Sydney

Registrations are open for ANDS Roadshows in Canberra and Sydney.

The ANDS Roadshow is made up of two separate workshops. The roadshow is made up of two workshops. One is a full day on responding to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research and full details of this can be found at The other is a short introduction to ANDS services and products, details of which can be found at

Further details and registration forms are available at

A roadshow is planned for Melbourne on May 10 and 11. Registration details will be advertised when available.

Margaret Henty
Building Capabilities Program Manager, Australian National Data Service

QCIF/UQVislab and AARNet demonstrate Visualcasting

At the APAN29 conference, held in Sydney, February 2010, QCIF/UQVislab and AARNet demonstrated transmission of high bandwidth realtime video data simultaneously to multiple OptIPortal display systems.

This technique, known as Visualcasting, utilised the SAGEbridge which has been developed by the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago, and has been newly deployed by AARNet. This Visualcasting session ran along at a steady 5Gbps overnight and peaked at 6.4Gbps, which was possible using the 10Gb/s connections to the AARNet backbone available at both the conference site and the University of Queensland. For more information about the demonstration, see

The demonstration has kicked off a trial period for the SAGEbridge OptIPortal-linking service. Key contributors through the initial phase of the trial include the University of Queensland, the University of Melbourne, the Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, Korea and the National Institute of Information and Communications Technology, Japan.

As the trial progresses, we plan to eventually test with more partners; if you are interested to participate, please get in touch with

Guido Aben
Director e-Research, AARNet

NSW Minister for Science launches Intersect project for schizophrenia research

The Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank, the largest collection of schizophrenia research data in Australia has been given a significant boost with the recent completion of an Intersect project. The project involved developing a database and web portals that allow secure, high-speed access to DNA, clinical records and brain scans for researchers.

NSW Minister for Science and Medical Research Hon, Jodi McKay MP launched the project saying, “This research bank allows for a greater level of collaboration among the many hard working researchers and clinicians across Australia who search for ways to deal with schizophrenia and for those who support people suffering from the condition.

“It’s a great milestone for both Intersect and the Schizophrenia Research Institute to come together and launch this first initiative,” the Minister said.

The project was kicked off in April 2009, delivered in November 2009 and is currently deployed by the Schizophrenia Research Institute’s University of Newcastle group who manage the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank.

Leonie Hellmers
Communications, Intersect

3rd Annual iVEC eResearch Forum

On 19th February iVEC hosted its 3rd annual eResearch Forum. The Forum included an update on the Pawsey HPC Centre for SKA Science by Prof Julian Gale and presentations by Dr Florian Fusseis (X-ray Tomography) and Kevin Vinsen (ICRAR Challenges). The Forum included final presentations of the iVEC Research Interns for 2009-2010. iVEC supported fourteen interns this year, increasing the number of places with the support of the International Centre for Radio Astronomy Research (ICRAR), Professor Lister Staveley-Smith, Professor Igor Bray and A/Prof Ricardo Mancera. The audience at the ARRC Auditorium included researchers, academics, industry and government representatives and closed with a sundowner and poster session.

To find out more about the iVEC eResearch Forum 2010, please visit
Valerie Maxville
Education Program Leader, iVEC

Feed VeRSI’s Digital Humanities Blog!

VeRSI has started at active programme to engage with the Digital Humanities in Victoria, led by Dr Craig Bellamy, who has just returned to Australia after working for a number of years in the field at King’s College in London. As part of this programme, VeRSI has started a Digital Humanities blog that aggregates and captures many of the discussions within the Digital Humanities and related fields. Can you suggest a Digital Humanities feed; especially Australian feeds? They don’t have to be purely Digital Humanities related feeds as tags, categories, and text can easily be filtered.

Send your suggestions through the about section of the blog:

Craig Bellamy
eResearch Analyst – Digital Humanities, VeRSI

The February issue of the VeRSI eNewsletter is now available

It can be downloaded from our website:

In this issue you’ll read about:
• Model Information Knowledge Environment (MIKE)
• Innovation in Networking Award for Monash-UCSD High Definition video seminars
• Growing Tall Poppies, linking scientists with schools
• eResearch Australasia 2009 wrap up
• VeRSI welcomes Dr Craig Bellamy to the team

Gaby Bright
eResearch Communications, VeRSI

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