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July 2013

July 2013

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2013 – Registrations open
  • CAUDIT/RDSI eResearch Technology and Solutions Briefings
  • ANDS Research Data Australia has a makeover
  • eResearch Coordination Project
  • NCI’s Raijin, the Fujitsu petascale supercomputer, commences service
  • The International Semantic Web Conference
  • VeRSI’s latest eNewsletter is now online
  • The 2013 International Data Rescue Award in the Geosciences – deadline Oct 10 2013
  • ANDS Partner and Researcher Survey
  • 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.

Register now and take advantage of the discounted earlybird rate:


Focus on Research

The 2013 conference will introduce ‘Focus on Research’ day, which concentrates on how researchers and support staff use technology to support their discoveries.  Focus on Research day will include a range of presentations, forums and demonstrations that will illustrate the importance of technology within the research sector and importantly how to utilise these technologies.

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


CAUDIT/RDSI eResearch Technology and Solutions Briefings

CAUDIT has partnered with the Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project to provide a series of vendor technology/solution briefings for the Australian eResearch community.  These briefings are targeted at technical staff within eResearch organisations in Australia (see www.aero.edu.au), and eResearch teams and ICT staff within Australian institutions.

The eResearch Technology and Solutions Briefings are scheduled weekly on Tuesdays at noon (AEST).  From time to time, briefings may be held at different times to accommodate presenters, and some dates will be skipped if they clash with other events (e.g. QUESTnet, eResearch conferences, THETA).

Briefings are 1 hour in length and dedicated to a single vendor/provider.

If you are interested in contributing to this briefing program, please contact Peter Elford (p.elford@rdsi.uq.edu.au) and/or Steve Johnston (steve.johnston@caudit.edu.au).

For further information including timetables, please visit http://www.caudit.edu.au/rdsi-eresearch-briefings


ANDS Research Data Australia has a makeover

Research Data Australia has a brand new look and significant performance, graphical and usability enhancements. The aim of the latest major upgrade was to increase the discovery of Australian research data. Changes include:

  • a much improved graphical interface and enhanced navigation
  • closely related collections displayed in a browsable tree structure to provide contextual information for a collection
  • Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) links included in collection records are now resolvable
  • Cite My Data users can easily update the URLs associated with their DOIs, thus ensuring persistence.

More information: http://researchdata.ands.org.au/


eResearch Coordination Project

Due to the expiration of Aeric, the Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education in conjunction with the nodes and government funded projects have agreed to form the eResearch Coordination Project (eRC Project).

The eRC project has been established to facilitate the evolution of data intensive capabilities and services as well as the delivery of a practical and relatively seamless service to researchers, based on the work of RDSI, Nectar and ANDS projects.

Coordination activities are expected to:

  • improve the use of nationally significant data holdings through the identification, installation and operation of “collections services” around those data holdings; and
  • lead towards the adoption of storage as a service, data as a service and data tools as a service.

The project will be led by eRC Director, Rhys Francis.

Intended project outcomes will be as recommended by the eRC project sponsors.

NCI’s Raijin, the Fujitsu petascale supercomputer, commences service

The National Computational Infrastructure has announced that the new Fujitsu Primergy supercomputer is in full production service.

Reaching 98% efficiency in the first days of service, the facility is now open to users from partner organisations.

NCI Director Professor Lindsay Botten said “NCI is supplying researchers with both the infrastructure and world class expertise required to push the boundaries of innovative research in key disciplines that are of national importance to Australia – amongst these are climate and earth systems science.”

The petascale HPC system was procured under the Australian Government’s Super Science Initiative. In line with the environmental research it supports, the machine has been christened ‘Raijin’ after the Japanese God of lightning, thunder and storms.

In the June 2013 TOP500 list of best supercomputers, Raijin sits at number one in Australia, and number 27 in the world. The peak performance of 1.1 petaflops is 8.6 times that of the previous NCI system, Vayu.

More information: www.nci.org.au


The International Semantic Web Conference

The International Semantic Web Conference, in Sydney October 21-25, is drawing close. You can still submit papers for workshops, industry, and poster and demonstration sessions,  and the early bird registration is open until 16 August.  Keynote speakers include Google’s  Ramanathan V. Guha , Rensselaer Polytechnic’s Peter Fox, and our very own Jane Hunter from UQ.  292 Research track paper submissions are being carefully reviewed as we speak.  For more information, please visit http://iswc2013.semanticweb.org/


VeRSI’s latest eNewsletter is now online

This issue highlights our work on a virtual lab for genomics researchers, research data management with Swinburne University, tele-dentistry trials with the University of Melbourne and an information management system that ‘could drive a digital revolution’ in archaeology. See: http://versi.edu.au/news-and-publications/enewsletter/enewsletter-23


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 http://researchdata.elsevier.com/datachallenge or contact Lesley Wyborn (Lesley.wyborn@ga.gov.au)


ANDS Partner and Researcher Survey

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) is running a survey as it is interested in perceptions of research data management at various
institutions and of ANDS’ services.

Survey link: https://apollo.anu.edu.au/default.asp?pid=7418

Please distribute the link widely throughout your institution. Multiple responses from the same institution are welcome and encouraged. The survey should only take about 10-15 minutes to complete and:

  • is anonymous
  • is targeted at researchers and the research data community of practice.

The survey will be open until 6 July 2013. Your feedback is important to ANDS to help in its future planning, so participation is greatly appreciated.


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