April 2013

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2013 Call for Participation (CFP) –  NOW OPEN
  • WOS Trial – Have your say
  • eResearch NZ 2013 Call for Participation is now Open
  • What’s on at ANDS?
  • AARNet CloudStor+ personal storage platform update
  • Research Data Alliance now officially launched
  • Data Fabric Closure – 19 April 2013
  • The International Semantic Web Conference
  • Visit the AAF Booth at THETA

eResearch Australasia 2013 Call for Participation (CFP) –  NOW OPEN

The conference will be held on  20 to 25 October at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

We invite practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines to participate in the eResearch Australasia Conference 2013.  Conference participants can opt to present workshops, presentations, point/counterpoint debates, birds of a feather sessions (BoF) or panels.

This year the conference theme is ‘Delivering eResearch for the Masses’ and will cover topic groups – Processing and analysing data; Managing, publishing, and finding data; The connected researcher; Tools for collecting, generating, and moving data;  Case studies.

For details on how to respond to the CFP please visit:


CFP Closing date: 9 June 2013

CFP for Poster submissions will open 30 August 2013

For enquiries please email: conference@eresearch.edu.au

 Don’t miss out putting in your submission.

WOS Trial – Have your say

The RDSI Web Object Trial is now finished.  We will be shutting down the WOS server on Friday April 12.  Please ensure that you have removed any files that you want to keep from your WOS account by this date.

RDSI would greatly appreciate your feedback on the WOS system.  In particular, did you find WOS intuitive to use? Were there features missing that you needed? Would you use this software with its larger space allocation as an alternative to commercial options e.g. Dropbox? If you prefer to use commercial software like Dropbox, what would encourage you to use WOS instead?

Everyone who was part of the trial is encouraged to provide us with feedback.

Please provide feedback to:  office@rdsi.edu.au

eResearch NZ 2013 Call for Participation is now Open

eResearch NZ 2013 will be held on Tuesday 2 – Thursday 4 July at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.

We welcome submissions for 5 minute lightning talks, 15 minute presentations, posters, and workshops and demonstrations of work underway or complete within the last year.

eResearch as an enabler

Key themes include:

  • Applications of eResearch that enable Research
  • Reflections on current developments of eResearch capabilities e.g. Big Data, Data Management, Collaborative science hubs, eResearch tools, High Performance Computing
  • Current eResearch platforms and infrastructures, how they’re being used, and where they’re going

Submissions may address any aspect of eResearch, including social, cultural, organisational, and technical considerations, across all research disciplines.

The Programme Committee seek submissions on real and recent work done, relating experiences, exposing the cultural, organisational, and technical considerations in developing eResearch capabilities and delivering eResearch solutions.

Submissions close on Thursday 18 April

Please visit the symposium website for further information:


What’s on at ANDS?

ANDS webinars for 2013 kick off from 11 April. Come along and take part in these vibrant research data community 60 min forums: learn, discuss, exchange – all from your desktop!

Thurs, 11 April 1:00pm – Research Data Licensing #2: Dr Kevin Cullen – Easy Access IP

Tues, 23 April 10:00am – Linking people to their research: Dr Laurel Haak – Executive Director, ORCID (USA) ANDS and ORCID

Data Citation series: 60min Webinars

Tues, 30 Apr 12:00pm:

#1 DOIs – what you and your institution need to know.

Coming in May and June:

#2: 2 DOI minting stories

#3: Data, journals and academic publishers: an evolving publishing paradigm

#4: What Griffith University are doing to establish a culture of data citation: a step by step approach

Register for Webinars and information:  http://ands.org.au/events

For recordings of past ANDS events including Licensing CC4, Data Citation Counts!, Gold Standard Records http://ands.org.au/presentations/audio-video.html

AARNet CloudStor + personal storage platform update

The AARNet CloudStor+ personal storage platform, currently in beta, has proven to be reassuringly stable over the course of the last few weeks; we’ve currently got 130 active beta testers onboarded. We think the platform is ready to scale out further now: while we currently run from a single node in Brisbane, we’ll be bringing up another fully synchronised node in Perth this week, and a Melbourne node is scheduled for later this month. These nodes will all be automatically synchronising between each other, and a mechanism will be in place to automatically direct you to the closest node. The performance difference of having the storage node physically close ought to be quite noticeable, and feedback on that aspect is very welcome!

Simultaneously, we’re working on rolling out a mechanism for charging for usage above the free per-user allotment on an institutional basis; we’re also about to update the user interface package (called ownCloud) which should provide for improved group/sharing facilities, as well as deliver further speed gains for the desktop synchronising clients.

Interested to see how it all works? There’s still room on the beta programme, so if you’re keen to give feedback on our personal storage platform, drop us a note at eresearch@aarnet.edu.au

Research Data Alliance now officially launched

The Research Data Alliance was officially launched on March 18th 2013 in Gothenburg in Sweden. A group of data enthusiasts from Australia, Europe and the USA has been working hard for the last six months to bring this about. The Australian contingent on the Organising Group comprises Stefanie Kethers, Andrew Treloar, and Ross Wilkinson (all from ANDS)

The launch was addressed by a range of government officials including Neelie Kroes, Vice President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda for Europe, His Excellency Mr Duncan Lewis AO DSC CSC, Australian Ambassador to Belgium, Luxembourg, the European Union and NATO, and Farnam Jahanian, Director for CISE, National Science Foundation, USA. They all, in various ways, made the point that data will be critical to national prosperity over the coming decades.

The Research Data Alliance is an organisation that aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange. Further details at rd-alliance.org.

Data Fabric Closure – 19 April 2013

The Australian eResearch Organisations (AeRO) have been delivering the national Data Fabric research storage service since 2011. AeRO wish to advise researchers that the systems providing the national Data Fabric service have reached the end of their life and this service will close on 19th April 2013.  Consequently all researchers are being asked to remove all valuable data to alternative storage locations before 19th April 2013.

AeRO are happy to help researchers during this migration.  Researchers who require assistance are asked to contact their State based AeRO using the details provided below:

ACT and NSW – please contact Intersect: enquiries@intersect.org.au

NT & SA – please contact eRSA: servicedesk@ersa.edu.au

Queensland – please contact QCIF: admin@qcif.edu.au

Victoria – please contact VeRSI: help@vpac.org

Tasmania – please contact TPAC: helpdesk@tpac.org.au

WA – please contact iVEC: datafabric2013@ivec.org

For further details on the closure of the national Data Fabric, please visit:

http://www.aero.edu.au/news or http://www.aero.edu.au/sites/default/files/Data%20fabric%20closure%20final%2026%20Feb%202013.pdf

The International Semantic Web Conference

The International Semantic Web Conference, chaired by Chris Welty of IBM will be held in Sydney, October 21-25. 2013.  ISWC 2013 is the premier international forum for the Semantic Web / Linked Data Community. Here, scientists, industry specialists, and practitioners meet to discuss the future of practical, scalable, user-friendly, and game changing solutions. Calls for contributions including research papers, workshops, and industry papers are available on the website, with the first ones closing in March.

See http://iswc2013.semanticweb.org/

Contact Kerry Taylor (CSIRO) (kerry.taylor@csiro.au )

Visit the AAF Booth at THETA

The AAF will be hosting a booth at the THETA conference in Hobart from 7-10 April as well as presenting a session on ‘The future of eResearch user support’ on the Tuesday (9 April) 1.30-1.55pm.

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