September 2012

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2012 –  Update
  • Upcoming Conference: Where is the evidence? Policy, research and rise of grey literature
  • The sky’s the limit for research cloud computing
  • SISS 2.2
  • RDSI Annual Business Plan
  • RDSI Data Fabric
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2012 –  Update

Program now available!

Plan your visit to the eResearch conference by viewing the excellent program available at:

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.

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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 

Upcoming Conference: Where is the evidence? Policy, research and rise of grey literature

Eidos Institute, Swinburne University of Technology, National Library of Australia, Victoria University, ACER and National and State Libraries Australasia are pleased to be hosting the next Eidos National Conference Series event, Where is the evidence? Policy, research and rise of grey literature, occurring October 10th 2012 at the National Library in Canberra.

The Conference will focus on ‘grey literature’ addressing questions such as:

  • How does informal electronic publishing operate across government, academia, community and business sectors?
  • What guidelines, resources and review processes could help maximise its impact and credibility for public policy use?
  • What models are there for preserving e-resources and what would best suit Australia?

Confirmed speakers include: 

  • Professor John McMillan, Australian Information Commissioner
  • Professor Julian Thomas, Director of Swinburne Institute
  • Professor John Houghton, Professorial Fellow at Victoria University’s Centre for Strategic Economic Studies

Click here to register, or here to see updates and information about the program.

The sky’s the limit for research cloud computing

QCIF and its members are pleased to announce that the Queensland Early Research Node (QERN), the first of its kind amongst all NeCTAR/RDSI nodes in the country, has concluded its first phase. Twenty-five research projects have been allocated resources on QERN, and the provisioning of services is underway. These projects support four main themes of genomics data applications and tools, ecosystems research data and tools, characterisation data and tools, and Virtual Machine (VM)-based application for collaboration over research data.

The second phase of the QERN early adopters’ program will focus on user experiences, use-cases and scenarios. It will focus on providing “cloud services” to target user problems based on the “cloud infrastructure”.

QCloud, the new data-intensive cloud computing infrastructure, based on funding by NeCTAR and RDSI, will be operated by QCIF and is set to change the face of Queensland research practices. It will simplify the combining of data, computing, and analysis applications, and enable the development of research workflows based on access to multiple resources. Qcloud will provide an open, robust and scalable platform for researchers to deploy, share and manage their research applications.

QCIF provides the high-performance services, infrastructure and support required to achieve excellence in computation and data-driven collaborative research and its application in industry. QCIF operates with its members and partners delivering services to research throughout Queensland and increasingly via Commonwealth programs to the nation.

Our mission is to accelerate and strengthen innovation throughout Queensland research and business through broad-based and effective application of high performance computing, large-scale data management and regional, national and international collaboration.

For more information, please visit

SISS 2.2

We are pleased to announce the immediate availability of SISS 2.2, a stable release of the Spatial Information Services Stack.

We invite you to download the components, try them out and provide feedback.

This release contains the following components:

1.  Web Coverage Services – Thredds

2.  Modelling Tools – FullMoon – Click here

3.  Registry – GeoNetwork

4.  Persistent Identifier Service – Uniform Resource Name (URN) Resolver

5.  Vocabulary Services – SISSVoc

6.  Web Feature Services (WFS) / Web Map Services (WMS) – GeoServer

Highlights at a glance:


  • SISSVoc v3 included (Linked Data API)


  • WMS support for application schemas – Click here
  • WFS Performance Improvements
  • Improvements on WMS support and testing.
  • Addition of WFS 3D support(Incomplete)
  • App-schema joining improvements and better testing – Click here
  • Time series support – Click here
  • Handle substitution group for basic types
  • Allow encoding empty tags – Click here


  • Load wms in map viewer for service metadata
  • Update Web Map Viewer OpenLayers to 2.10
  • CSW Server configuration: use textarea for abstract and increase field  size in CswServerCapabilitiesInfo table
  • Set WMC panel layout
  • Added verbose protocol list for online resources (metadata editor) #491: Custom ElementSet in CSW 2.0.2
  • INSPIRE schematron fixes integrated from trunk

You may view our release notes – Click here for further details

Getting SISS 2.2

  • We currently only provide manual installation of SISS – Click here
  • Visit our SISS Releases page – Click here for more information and help us shape our future releases.


If you have any questions concerning any of the services, please feel free to contact the SISS mailing list – Click here

Further information:

SISS website –

SEEGrid Wiki –

RDSI Annual Business Plan

The current RDSI annual business plan 2012 / 2013 has been released and can be viewed here

The 2012 to 2013 annual business plan outlines key objectives of the RDSI project programmes and how those objectives will be achieved during this period.

RDSI Data Fabric

The RDSI Project is working with iVEC to bring the versions of software which underpin the Data Fabric up to date and this activity is due to finish by the end of October. It is our intention that the RDSI Data Fabric will be an upgrade of the existing Data Fabric that will replace the existing storage resources with capacity from a number of participating nodes and that there will be continuity of storage between the current fabric and the new RDSI version of the Data Fabric. We are working with iVEC and others to achieve this.

Nick Tate, Project Director, RDSI

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