October 2010

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia Early Bird registration closes 11 October;
  • ARCS Road Shows;
  • Standards Based Information Sharing Networks, Geoscience Australia, Canberra, 5 November, 9.00 am to 12.30 pm;
  • ISO/OGC technical meetings in Australia November and December 2010;
  • CAUDIT eResearch Services;
  • 3DALIVE immersive visualisation facility opens at Monash University;
  • Be involved in the development of national eResearch infrastructure;
  • Win 5 Terabytes of Data Fabric Storage.

eResearch Australasia Early Bird registration closes 11 October

Be sure to register by 11 October for the Early Bird rate for eResearch Australasia 2010: 21st Century Research – Where Computing Meets Data.  The conference will be held 8-12 November at RACV Royal Pines on Queensland’s Gold Coast.  In addition to the General eResearch Track, the conference has two specialised tracks this year: Computation & Visualisation; and Data. See the website for the rich program of featured speakers, presentations, workshops, BoFs, posters, meetings, and networking events planned for the week.

This year also introduces SIN Sessions: Spontaneous In situ Networking.  These are open, informal networking sessions on a particular topic during the lunch breaks.  You can organise a SIN session or a closed meeting by contacting Jackie Lack at ConferenceIT on +61 7 3878 2974 or by emailing eresearch2010@eresearch.edu.au.   They can also be arranged while you are at the conference through the registration desk.  Room availability is limited.

We hope you’ll be able to join us at the conference.

Patricia McMillan
Program Director, eResearch Australasia 2010

ARCS Road Shows

Learn how eResearch can be of practical use to you. Increasingly, researchers are finding that computer technology is critical to their achieving collaborative research success. Attend our complimentary event (which includes lunch) to see how quickly and easily ARCS and its members’ services can help you overcome research obstacles, enhance your productivity and obtain optimal research outcomes. The events are suitable for both non-technical and technical audiences.

Participants will discover:
• The latest on ARCS, its members and their services
• Examples of ARCS services that help enhance eResearch
• How ARCS services help overcome cross-institutional barriers
• How ARCS services interconnect with other tools to tie services together

See how you can quickly transform the way you conduct research for increased efficiency and collaboration.

Hobart – 11 October
Adelaide – 12 October
Perth – 13 October
Brisbane – 15 October
Melbourne – 26 October
Sydney – 27 October

For more information or to register, visit http://www.arcs.org.au/index.php/component/content/article/353-arcs-road-shows

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

Standards Based Information Sharing Networks, Geoscience Australia, Canberra, 5 November, 9.00 am to 12.30 pm.

Information sharing networks are increasingly being funded as part of either specific government initiatives (e.g. Improving Water Information Program, National Plan for Environment Information, Australian Oceans Data Network) or the broader National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (e.g. TERN Eco-informatics, Atlas of Living Australia, AuScope Grid, e-Marine Information Infrastructure). These networks reflect a growing trend towards using Web 2.0 and Web 3.0 technologies to enable sharing of information and services from nationally if not globally distributed resources. Most of these networks are now progressing beyond the initial set up phase and are starting to show tremendous progress.

This workshop will be a heads up on the current status of major information sharing networks in Australia. The keynote paper will be presented by Dr Bryan Lawrence on the European experience in building information networks for climate and environmental research. Workshop details and program are on http://www.osdm.gov.au/Events/271.aspx

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. http://www.osdm.gov.au/News/263.aspx

Lesley Wyborn
Geoscience Australia

CAUDIT eResearch Services

The CAUDIT eResearch Services Standing Committee chaired by John Parry University of Tasmania has been looking at ways to make it easier for researchers to take advantage of eResearch services. Neil Thelander Cloud Juice IT Consulting has assisted in developing a prototype based on the Apps Store model. The concept is demonstrated in PowerPoint with 2 high level and 150 subordinate slides.

The Store includes three main parts:

  • on the left a store meta-catalogue of providers and their services,
  • on the right a meta-perspective of researcher compositions and
  • in the middle a service apps store mimicking features of the apps store and other gadget mashups.

The prototype (75MB) can be downloaded from AARNet’s CloudStor at https://cloudstor1.aarnet.edu.au/filesender/?vid=DA13210F-73D5-FC1C-6A39-37CA52857E00 until 12 October 2010.

A CAUDIT eResearch Services networking session will be held at the eResearch Australasia 2011 Conference on Tuesday 9th November 12.30-1.30pm.

Peter Nissen
Manager, Strategic Initiatives

3DALIVE immersive visualisation facility opens at Monash University

3DALIVE (3D Applied Laboratory for Immersive Visualisation Environments) held its official launch and open house in July. The facility is located at the Monash University Clayton campus, and is a joint endeavor between Monash University, CSIRO, and AuScope SAM.

The facility offers a 3 x 2.25 m rear projected screen and an inertial motion tracking system that together allow the user to easily manipulate digital data projected in 3D in real time. The facility runs both commercial and open source visualisation software, and is geared toward, but not limited to Earth Science, Medical, Astronomy, and Engineering applications.

For more information about the facility please visit http://geodynamics.monash.edu.au/3d_alive/

Margarete Jadamec
Facility Manager, 3DALIVE
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Monash University

Be involved in the development of national eResearch infrastructure

The Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network (AURIN) initiative is a four-year, $20m national research infrastructure initiative funded by the Federal Government’s Super Science scheme and lead by the University of Melbourne.

AURIN aims to develop facilities to enhance the understanding of urban resources, their use and management so as to guide the analysis of urban issues and development of policy. This initiative will see the creation of national ICT infrastructure to access and act upon data to support urban research and decision making, and to enhance the environmental, social and economic sustainability of the Australian urban and built environment

The University is seeking a Senior Project Manager (Information Infrastructure Design) to liaise extensively with stakeholders and partners, coordinate and facilitate the development of the technical specifications of the infrastructure, and coordinate the activities of the implementation teams. For more information about the position, please visit http://www.hr.unimelb.edu.au/careers.

Briony Stocker
Interim AURIN Business Manager
University of Melbourne

Win 5 Terabytes of Data Fabric Storage

Ever wondered what you would do with 5 terabytes of storage? Win the ARCS Data Fabric Storage Contest and you’ll soon find out! The contest is open to all new and existing Data Fabric registrants. The winner will be selected in a random draw.

The Data Fabric is Australia’s national file system for storing and sharing research data. A key component of the Data Fabric is its ability to cross institutional boundaries so researchers from different organisations can collaborate and control group data in one location.

To learn more about the contest or enter to win, go to http://www.arcs.org.au/index.php/component/content/article/66-information/364-data-fabric-contest

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

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