In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2012 – Register Now!
  • RDSI Summit at eResearch Australasia Conference, 1 November 2012
  • CSIRO Research Outputs now Public
  • RDSI/CAUDIT Vendor Panel New Vendors included
  • iVEC National Data Fabric Upgrade Project
  • ANDS Software Release 8 now live
  • NeCTAR Virtual Geophysics Laboratory v1.0 Released
  • ANDS newsletter: issue 13 is out now
  • NeSI National Roadshow – September 2012
  • ANDS Data Citation Best Practice Roundtable
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2012 –  Update

Registration is now open!

To register visit

The conference theme is emPower eResearch. Confirmed featured speakers includeDr Clifford Jacobs, National Science Foundation (NSF), Professor Anne Trefethen, Director Oxford eResearch Centre, Rudolf Dimper, Head of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) Computing Services Division (CSD) and Prof Jeffrey Shaw, Dean and Chair.

Launch of the Developers Lounge & Challenges

This year we have a dedicated ‘developers lounge’ at the eResearch conference.  The lounge will provide developers the opportunity to meet mentors, talk with fellow developers and may be used for informal training / sharing sessions.  The Developers Lounge will be accompanied by challenges and the Hardware Hack event on Sunday 28th October at the University of Sydney.  For more information click here.

Discounted Flights

For discounted flights to and from the Conference please contact Flight Supporter – Campus Travel UQ for your booking.

Service includes 24 hour assistance, anytime, anywhere. Available to delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, students and guests.

If you wish to book by phone please contact +61 7 3393 8855 and quote “eResearch”.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Viviani Paz, eResearch Australasia Co-chair

RDSI Summit at eResearch Australasia Conference 2012, Sydney

RDSI will host a Summit as part of the eResearch Australasia Conference on Thursday, 1 November 2012 in Sydney.

Topics will include:

  • Results of the feasibility study for Project Moonshot (with plans for the project technical architect, Sam Hartman to discuss the results)
  • Discuss the RDSI technical architecture
  • RDSI Vendor briefing

Conference Registrations and

Register for the RDSI Summit here

RDSI Summit

CSIRO research outputs now public

CSIRO has recently released two linked repositories providing access to research data and publications.  CSIRO’s Research Publications Repository (RPR) contains records of more than 80 years of research publications, including journal articles, conference papers, books and reports.  Recent records may link to full-text publications, where copyright and confidentiality conditions permit.  The RPR also enables linking of publications to associated data held in CSIRO’s Data Access Portal (DAP), a secure repository for long term storage and management of CSIRO’s high value and unique data.  The DAP has the capability to publish data externally through assigning DOIs to facilitate data citation.  Public records in the DAP are harvested to Research Data Australia, which further improves access to CSIRO’s research data assets.

Information: Anna Borg Phone +61 2 6214 2915

RDSI/CAUDIT Vendor Panel – New Vendors Released

Vendor Panel selection update:

We are pleased to announce the addition of 2 new vendors to the vendor panel.  At this stage the following vendors comprise the CAUDIT/RDSI Vendor Panel:

  • ASI Solutions
  • Cisco through Alphawest Pty Ltd, Dimension Data, Frame Group, Logicalis Australia Pty Ltd and UXC Connect partners
  • DataDirectNetworks
  • Dell
  • EMC Australia
  • Frontline
  • Hewlett-Packard Australia
  • Hitachi Data Systems
  • IBM Australia and New Zealand
  • Intersect
  • NetApp
  • Safewell Server Racks
  • SGI
  • XENON Systems Pty Ltd
  • XOStor

Discussions with other vendors are under way and we anticipate that additional vendors will be placed on the Vendor Panel subject to satisfactory proposal clarifications. For details of the Independent Vendor Panel Evaluation Committee please click here.

Vendor Panel Contacts

Contact details for the Vendor Panel members are available here.

Further updates will be posted on this page.

How to access the Vendor Panel information?

Nodes can access this information by sending a request to

Universities can access this information by authenticating to CAUDIT Connect website ( under Procurement Community of Practice, using the Australian Access Federation (AAF) or NZ Access Federation (Tuakiry).

iVEC National Data Fabric Upgrade Project

The national Data Fabric provides the Australian research community great value.  Presently the national Data Fabric middleware and associated interfaces are being upgraded by iVEC to provide greater robustness. This development is already underway and will be completed fully operational by 31st October 2012.

Service outage

It is expected that over the next five weeks (1st August – 31st August) there will be outages at various points.  Whilst the development team will keep this to a minimum, outages are unavoidable. Planned service outage will include:

  • 8th – 17th August

Further dates of outage will be advertised via and will be reported on Twitter; follow us: @eresearchativec

Support for the National Data Fabric

Although iVEC are providing operational support, all support requests from researchers using the national Data Fabric should be received via the former ARCS help desk in the first instance:

ANDS Software Release 8 now live!

Research Data Australia is now delivering more of what you want to see and offers more powerful search and discovery features, such as:

Custom feeds—the latest content delivered to you via RSS subscription or Twitter

Browse by subject—browse and search RDA by subject (more controlled vocabularies to come in the future)

Filter by license type—Find data that you can freely and legally use by filtering search results by licence type

ANDS suggested links—Find relevant links to international research data from the DataCite repository

Mange My Records—A more user-friendly interface: Data source administrators can manage their records based on status or quality

New Metadata Quality level reporting—Data source administrators can now see, at a glance, how well their records meet the ANDS Metadata Content Requirements

Familiarise yourself with ANDS Online Services Release 8.

NeCTAR Virtual Geophysics Laboratory v1.0 Released

It is our pleasure to announce the restricted release of the NeCTAR Virtual Geophysics Laboratory (VGL) v1.0.

The VGL is a scientific workflow portal that provides Geophysicists with access to an integrated environment that exploits eResearch tools and Cloud computing technology. It is a collaboration between CSIRO, Geoscience Australia (GA), and the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), and has been funded by the Federal Government’s Education Investment Funds through NeCTAR

The v1.0. release is a limited release and subsequent release under NeCTAR will be open-access. For details or to gain access, please contact Ryan Fraser.

ANDS newsletter: issue 13 is out now!

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.

This issue looks at the researcher’s perspective of research data infrastructure, and includes feature articles on how research data infrastructure enables new and more efficient research and attracts international partnerships, as well as a number of contributions from ANDS staff.

To be notified when share is published, subscribe to the ANDS newsletter RSS feed; subscribe to the ANDS General Google Group by submitting a request to; or join follow @andsdata on twitter.

NeSI National Roadshow – September 2012

The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) is planning a national roadshow for early September. The team will visiting Dunedin, Christchurch, Wellington, Hamilton and Auckland, spending a day at each city. The mornings of each day will consist of talks for a general audience, researchers and IT staff. In the afternoon, the team is available for individual appointments.

Please visit for further information and contact Tim McNamara ( to RSVP and book an appointment.

ANDS Data Citation Best Practice Roundtable

9:00am-3.00pm on Thursday 9 August 2012,
Webb Centre (Bldg S02), Griffith University, South Bank Campus
Register here

Data citation is recognised as one of the key practices underpinning the recognition of data as a primary research output rather than as a by-product of research. This workshop is aimed at those who wish to learn about, and develop, best practice in Data Citation for the Australian research community.  The roundtable format will enable an emphasis on discussion and shared experiences.  Attendees will include representatives from ANDS, Griffith University, CSIRO, TERN, Australian Antarctic Division, Australian Data Archive, Geoscience Australia and others.  Those who come along will walk away with a strong understanding of the benefits as well as exploring the practical and technical facets of data citation.

More information: visit the Events page on the ANDS website.

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