May 2010

In this issue:

  • Super Science: Data Storage consultation paper;
  • eResearch Australasia 2010: Call for Participation;
  • Director, eResearch SA;
  • ANDS Roadshow in Melbourne;
  • New ARCS Website Integrates with the AAF;
  • $8m image processing facility, ‘MASSIVE’, to open in Clayton;
  • Monash TARDIS: Online data management program developed by Monash researchers;
  • Share Issue 04;
  • About this newsletter.

Super Science: Data Storage consultation paper

The Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR) is seeking feedback in response to an implementation discussion paper on the Government’s $50 million Super Science Research Data Storage initiative.

A discussion paper outlining three proposed models for the project is available from the Department’s website at: . Responses should be emailed to:

The closing date for responses back to the Department is COB 14 May 2010.

Mardi Jordan
eResearch Team
Research Infrastructure Branch
Science and Infrastructure Division
Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research

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 for further details and to register as an author.

Patricia McMillan
eResearch Australasia Committee

Director, eResearch SA

Salary: Level SM1/C6, $106,539 – $110, 929 per annum or salary commensurate with employee qualifications and experience (plus 17% superannuation and salary packaging options)

eResearch SA seeks to appoint a dynamic Director who has the vision to transform research practices in South Australia.

This fixed-term position is available from 1st July 2010 for a period of three years in the first instance. Based at the University of Adelaide, eResearch SA is a collaborative joint venture between the University of Adelaide, Flinders University and the University of South Australia. It was established in 2007 to provide eResearch support, training, and infrastructure for South Australia’s vibrant research community.

The Director will have exceptional leadership and interpersonal skills, a strong record of innovative achievement as a leader, and a demonstrated knowledge and awareness of state and national eResearch agendas. Suitably qualified and experienced professionals with a demonstrated understanding of the underlying technologies, solutions and support required in this key leadership role should apply.

More information, including the position description and information package is available from or alternatively contact Mr James Tizard, telephone: 08 8303 5166, or email:

Email applications to by the closing date, 14 May 2010.

Sarah Nisbet
Executive Communications Officer, eResearch SA

ANDS Roadshow in Melbourne

Registration is still open for the forthcoming ANDS Roadshow to be held in Melbourne on May 10 and 11 at the Melbourne Town Hall and will be taken until cob Tuesday May 4.
The ANDS Roadshow is made up of two separate workshops. One is a day on responding to the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research. This covers such issues as the division of responsibilities between institution and researcher, the provision of policy, services and infrastructure frameworks to support the research data requirements of the Code, Governance, ANDS services of benefit to the administration of research, data sharing, the importance of data management, data management issues such as copyright, access, record keeping and data retention and impediments to complying with the Code.

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

The roadshows are designed for

  • research administrators responsible for institutional policy, procedure and infrastructure provision
  • researchers, including graduate students
  • research project support staff who have a responsibility for data management
  • professional intermediaries (librarians, archivists, records managers, IT staff) who need to be informed about the institutional role and data management
  • data centre and institutional repository managers and staff.

The registration form for the Melbourne Roadshow is at

Margaret Henty
Building Capabilities Program Manager
Australian National Data Service

New ARCS Website Integrates with the AAF

The Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS) has integrated its new website with the Australian Access Federation (AAF) for easier access to its services and even stronger security protocols. The site ( now conveniently allows users to access ARCS services with their identity provider credentials.

ARCS’ new site is designed to give the best possible user experience – with information simple to find and easy to understand. Researchers can quickly discover how ARCS can assist them, and make the most of every visit.

Please note that the website is a work in progress. We look forward to providing users with additional information and functionality throughout the coming months.

For more information, please contact Susan Roth at

Susan Roth
Marketing and Outreach Manager, ARCS

$8m image processing facility, ‘MASSIVE’, to open in Clayton

Monash University is partnering with some of the country’s leading technology providers and research institutions to establish an advanced image processing facility that will enable scientists to create, view and analyse high-resolution scientific images and 3D-models previously too large to visualise.

The Multi-modal Australian Sciences Imaging and Visualisation Environment, to be known as MASSIVE, is the first facility of its kind in Australia and will open in August 2010.

Read more from Monash Memo (27/4/10):

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

Monash TARDIS: Online data management program developed by Monash researchers

A revolutionary online data management program developed by Monash researchers is being used by scientists at the Australian Synchrotron and exported to institutions around the world.

Read more from Monash Memo (28/4/10):

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

Share Issue 04

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 04 includes:

  • Chair’s report
  • Executive Director’s report
  • ANDS out and about – Outreach
  • Conference reports
  • Champions of Research Data
    • Capturing the reef in real time
    • History becomes richer through collaboration and data aggregation
    • Crop research to feed a growing planet
  • Project profile: Australian Research Data Commons Party Infrastructure project
  • Gumboots for the Data Deluge workshops
  • Meet the ANDS staff – David Groenewegen
  • Research Intensive meeting 19 February 2010
  • Canberra Roadshow
  • 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
ANDS Project Office

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