November 2012

In this issue:

  • eResearch 2012 a great success
  • A chance to win free registration to eResearch Australasia 2013
  • eResearch Australasia 2013
  • James Tizard Memorial Prize Awarded to Dr Scott Condie
  • RDSI SHARE.EDU trial
  • CloudStor, now flash-free!
  • ANDS newsletter: issue 14 is out now!
  • Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index Webinars
  • About this newsletter

eResearch 2012 wrap up

On behalf of the Conference Organising Committee I’m pleased to announce the great success of the eResearch Australasia Conference 2012.  This year the conference was privileged to have an outstanding collection of presentations and speakers that lead to a substantial increase in delegate numbers compared to previous years.

It has been a memorable conference with speakers, delegates and sponsors sharing their expertise and discussing potential issues and solutions for future research challenges.   ‘Big data’ was a hot topic discussed by many speakers, in particular by our featured speakers Anne, Rudolf, Cliff and Jeffrey.

It was identified during the conference that national collaborations, while essential, may not be sufficient for research sustainability globally in the future. Heated debates have taken place and international participants indicated that they’re keen to explore future collaborations to rationalise developments and support research.

I’d like to thank our delegates, speakers and sponsors that made this conference possible and I look forward to seeing you at eResearch 2013 in Brisbane.

Viviani Paz                                                                       

eResearch Australasia 2012 Co-chair, Programme Director

Win a Registration to eResearch Australasia 2013

Go into the draw for a chance to win a free registration (excluding workshops) to eResearch Australasia 2013 simply by completing the conference evaluation!  Complete the evaluation at

Viviani Paz, eResearch Australasia Co-chair, Programme Director                                  

eResearch Australasia 2013

The conference will be held on Sunday 20 October to Friday 25 October 2013, Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, Brisbane.

Get involved and participate in the 2013 Programme Committee.

Please email your participation interest to

Stay tuned for Call for Participation coming soon!

James Tizard Memorial Prize Awarded to Dr Scott Condie

The James Tizard Memorial Prize has been awarded to Dr Scott Condie by the Department of Industry, Innovation, Science, Research and Tertiary Education.

James Tizard passed away in 2011. This prize is a tribute to his contribution to the Australian eResearch landscape and is awarded to an Australian researcher that effectively demonstrates the role played by eResearch Infrastructure in the success of their research endeavours.

The Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council (AeRIC) nominated Dr Scott Condie as the prize recipient noting that his research demonstrated the innovative use of eResearch infrastructure to support research advances in the marine sciences and had the potential to generate significant public interest as well as inspiring other researchers to realise the potential impact of eResearch Infrastructure on research outcomes.

Dr Condie was awarded the $5,000 prize at the 2012 eResearch Australasia Conference. This non-recurring prize will support his attendance at a future overseas conference.

Further information on Dr Condie’s research activities and the contribution of James Tizard can be found at:


RDSI data sharing feasibility study will start shortly, don’t miss out!

RDSI is about to evaluate a secure drop box like system on its Australian network.  Users who participate will each be allocated 100Gb of free storage for the duration of the trial.

To participate just go to the RDSI stand and supply your email address and that of at least one other of your collaborators who will help test the system. Alternatively register your interest by registering at

RDSI will email out your free SHARE.EDU account details with a guide of how you can offer feedback.

CloudStor, now flash-free!

Cloudstor, AARNet’s large-file transfer tool, has just been upgraded to version 1.5 – that’s the version that finally does away with Adobe Flash (for HTML5-capable browsers… sorry, IE9 users, still flash for you) and allows you to use a web browser, pure and simple. So hello, iOS devices! Downloading will now work on iPad and iPhone. Still no upload, but that’s Apple’s decision; iOS browsers simply aren’t allowed to upload files.

This version also packs speed improvements and a good deal of security hardening. Plus, we’ve introduced automatic language selection for those languages that we’ve received a translation file for; that’s Italian, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Czech, Croatian, Slovenian, Danish, Norwegian, Finnish, Hungarian and Dutch. Feel free to contribute your own translation by the way; we can handle Asian character sets but simply haven’t received translations in Asian languages yet… would love to have one!

Of course there’s been lots and lots of tightening and fixing under the hood too, but I shan’t bore you with that.

Try it out at the usual location: and let us know what you think!

ANDS newsletter: issue 14 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 ‘data as a strategic asset’ from an institution’s perspective, and includes feature articles including Piecing together the eResearch puzzle and We all benefit from free public information, as well as a number of contributions from ANDS partners on how their institution is treating data as a strategic asset.

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

Thomson Reuters Data Citation Index Webinars

Learn more about the newest citation index on Thomson Reuters Web of Knowledge! The Data Citation Index makes research data citable, usable, and discoverable. By providing a single point of access to quality research data from repositories across disciplines and around the world, the Data Citation Index will advance the discoverability of primary research.

Register for one of the following complimentary training sessions:

Introduction to Data Citation Index
Tuesday, 6 November
11:00 am Sydney
1:00 pm Auckland   REGISTER

Introduction to Data Citation Index
Wednesday, 7 November
2:00 pm Sydney
4:00pm Auckland   REGISTER

To find out more about the Data Citation Index visit or contact Kevin Serpanchy on +61 3 8684 2111 or at

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