August 2013

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2013 – Registrations open
  • RDSI Stories
  • Intersect partners with Hitachi Data Systems for $2M Research Cloud in NSW
  • AP-SECSE: The 2013 Asia-Pacific Workshop on Software Engineering for Computational Science and Engineering
  • Digital Humanities Australasia 2014: Expanding Horizons
  • eResearch Australasia 2013 – Featured speakers
  • RDSI recruits new Node Development Manager
  • CAUDIT & RDSI Vendor Panel – New Additions
  • The 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences – deadline Oct 10 2013
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2013 – Registrations Open

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

eResearch focuses on technological platforms that enhance the researchers’ ability to generate, collect, share, analyse, store and retrieve information.

This year eResearch Australasia is pleased to announce a range of high profile sponsors including AeRo, CSIRO, DataDirect Networks, Hitachi, iQ3, Oracle, Panasas, SAS and more to come.  Research Exhibitors include AAF, ANDS, Griffith University, iVEC, NCI, nectar, QUT, RDSI and more to come.

Register before August 16 and take advantage of the discounted earlybird rate:

For enquiries please email:

RDSI Stories

RDSI is set to publish a range of articles that will highlight how researchers around Australia are benefiting from the new RDSI Node infrastructure.  These articles will be told in a story format and will be released periodically as researchers continue to achieve their goals with the help of their Nodes.

Adapting to climate change:  Terra Nova 

There’s an important distinction between climate change and climate change adaptation. Research into climate change looks at questions of how the climate is changing and how this change will affect the environment. Climate change adaptation looks at how we can respond to these changes – how we can reduce the impacts of stresses on human and natural systems including our cities and regions, our agriculture and aquaculture, and the biodiversity of our environment, and how we can harness any beneficial opportunities. In other words, what should we do to prepare and adapt?…….

To read more, visit:

Intersect partners with Hitachi Data Systems for $2M Research Cloud in NSW

Teaming Agreement Supports Plans for R&D Centre, underlining NSW’s depth and calibre of ICT and Research

Intersect has selected Hitachi Data Systems to build the NSW node of Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI). With an initial investment of around $2 million, the platform will support data intensive research and collaboration. The infrastructure cloud will connect 11 universities in NSW with other research institutions across Australia.

Intersect and Hitachi Data Systems have also signed an Australian-first Teaming Agreement to further serve the network’s members over the long term. The memorandum gives research bodies access to Hitachi’s R&D program as Intersect works towards a next generation R&D centre. The centre will enable research and innovation with ICT systems specifically designed for data driven research and collaboration.

Full media release at

AP-SECSE: The 2013 Asia-Pacific Workshop on Software Engineering for Computational Science and Engineering

Bangkok, December 2, 2013

This workshop is concerned with identifying and understanding the unique aspects of software development for Computational Science & Engineering (CSE) applications. Software development for the increasing important CSE domain has not received enough attention from the Software Engineering (SE) community. This workshop will be the next in a series of workshops that have been organized at various conferences throughout the world (see Resources tab of

Due to the importance of the Asia-Pacific region in the area of CSE software and the concentration of fast supercomputers, we are organizing the workshop in this region for the first time.

Deadline for full paper submission: August 11, 2013

More information:

Digital Humanities Australasia 2014: Expanding Horizons

The Australasian Association for Digital Humanities is pleased to announce Digital Humanities Australasia 2014, to be held at UWA, 18-21 March, 2014.  DHA 2014 aims to advance digital methods, tools and projects within humanities research and develop new critical perspectives.

More details are available at:

The conference will include long and short papers, posters and workshops, and ‘birds of a feather’ sessions. DHA 2014 Conference themes include:

1.       Working with text

2.       New media and the digital

3.       Methods, Approaches, and uses;

4.       Working with data

5.       Building the Digital Humanities community and presence

6.       Indigenous and cross-cultural digital research

The closing date for applications is 14th September 2013.

eResearch Australasia 2013 – Featured speakers

eResearch Australasia is proud to announce we have confirmed the following outstanding speakers:

  • Dr Mustapha Mokrane:  Executive Director of the ICSU-WDS International Programme Office.   His scientific background covers genetics and bioinformatics and has developed a strong interest in scientific data and information challenges.
  • Prof Mark Ragan – Professor and founding Head of the Division of Genomics & Computational Biology at the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, and Professor in the School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering, both at the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia.  Mr Ragan will present ‘Biology in the world of data’
  • Dr Rahul Ramachandran:  Principal Research Scientist at the University of Alabama in Huntsville.  His research focuses on Earth Science Informatics. This emerging field looks at the application of computational methods and information technology to the acquisition, storage, processing, interchange, analysis and visualization of Earth Science data and information.
  • Prof Deb Verhoeven:  Professor and Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University. Until recently she held the role of Director of the AFI Research Collection at RMIT. A writer, broadcaster, film critic and commentator, Verhoeven is the author of more than 30 journal articles and book chapters.

For more information on featured speakers, please visit:

RDSI recruits new Node Development Manager

RDSI welcomes former CAUDIT CEO, Richard Northam to the team as the new Node Development Manager.  Although Richard only started in the month of July, he has already revealed his intentions for role.

“As the Node Development Manager I will be working closely with the various RDSI nodes to leverage, strengthen and develop their capabilities to enable them to hold and process large volumes of data; I will help foster collaboration between the nodes and establish a program to monitor and report on RDSI services delivered by the nodes”.

Richard went on to say “The RDSI project is important because data driven research will play a significant role into the future of this sector and will allow researchers to store and readily access the increasingly large data sets they need to further their research”.

To learn more about Richard Northam, please visit:

CAUDIT & RDSI Vendor Panel – New Additions

CAUDIT and RDSI are pleased to announce that 4 new vendors have been accepted onto the Vendor Panel (VePa).

The new additions are:

  • Data#3
  • iQ3
  • O2 Networks
  • VPAC

Nodes and CAUDIT members may take advantage of vendor offerings by contacting them directly.  A list of vendors and contacts can be found at:

For more information on the VePa, please visit:

The 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences – deadline Oct 10 2013

Organised by Integrated Earth Data Applications (IEDA) and Elsevier Research Data Services, the International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences is created to improve preservation and access of research data, particularly of dark data, and share the varied ways that these data are being processed, stored, and used.

The organisers are interested in receiving submissions from groups who have developed and completed projects that have digitized previously unavailable content or that have facilitated and improved the ingestion of research data. The award will consist of a Data Rescue trophy and a check for $US 5000.

The final submission deadline is October 10, 2013. For more information see or contact Lesley Wyborn (

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