June 2013

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2013 – (CFP) Closing Soon
  • RDSI Node Status – Update
  • iVEC prepares Pawsey Centre for production
  • 5 Vacancies at the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure
  • 2013 AARNet Awards for Network or Service Excellence
  • Open Access and Research Conference 2013
  • eResearch Australasia 2013 – Featured Speakers
  • eResearch NZ 2013 – Christchurch, 2-4 July 2013
  • Caudit Monthly eNewsletter
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2013 – (CFP) Closing Soon

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

The Call For Participation (CFP) is closing soon.  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

RDSI Node Status – Update

RDSI is pleased to announce that Nodes continue to make progress around the country.   Nodes are ingesting data and some are even making data available to researchers.

RDSI has introduced a simple traffic light structure which categorises the progress of each Node to date.  Nodes have been placed in one of the three following categories:

  • Red – Setup Phase:  Node must have signed the Node contract with RDSI.
  • Amber – Data Ingest:  The Node Allocation Committee is allocating storage and data is being ingested.
  • Green – Fully Operational:  Researchers have access to shared data and the Node is reporting on operational status.

To see the current status of the Nodes including the number of terabytes available to download, please visit: http://www.rdsi.uq.edu.au/node-statuses

Node Statuses can change from one day to the next, so stay tuned.

For more information on the RDSI project, please visit:


iVEC prepares Pawsey Centre for production

The last few months have been very busy for iVEC, after taking occupancy of the Pawsey Centre supercomputing facility in April. Delivery of all of the components of the first stage of the Pawsey Centre’s hardware is now complete, and iVEC and its vendor partners are in the process of installing and commissioning the equipment in the facility. The next few months will see the components run through initial acceptance testing, with a selection of hand-picked early adopters expected to start using the systems by mid-year.

Production use of the facility is planned for 1 September, with researchers from all across Australia beginning their projects on the first round of allocation on the Magnus supercomputer. As a key piece of Australian eResearch infrastructure, access to the Pawsey Centre supercomputer will be made available to all Australian researchers through future rounds of the National Merit Allocation Scheme or through discretionary allocation by the iVEC partner organisations.

5 Vacancies at the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure

The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) is expanding. NeSI is an unincorporated collaboration of universities and research institutes providing high performance computing, data infrastructure and scientific software expertise to the New Zealand research community. It has new roles in technical, business analysis and project coordination functions.


2013 AARNet Awards for Network or Service Excellence

AARNet is delighted to introduce the inaugural AARNet Excellence Awards.

The Awards will be presented at the QUESTnet 2013 Conference Gala Dinner at the Gold Coast Royal Pines Resort, Queensland, on 4 July 2013.

AARNet (Australia’s Academic and Research Network) wishes to recognise the innovative leadership and technical engineering expertise of the Australian Research & Education community in the use of AARNet’s high-speed network or services.

Submissions that demonstrate the value of services delivered to educators, researchers, staff and students are welcome from the Research & Education Information Technology Services community.

More details are available at:


Open Access and Research Conference 2013

31 October – 1 November, Brisbane

The Open Access and Research Conference 2013 will provide a vibrant platform for discussion about recent advances in Open Access and scholarly communication practices globally. This event provides an opportunity to reflect on the progress of Open Access and to consider the strategic advantages these developments bring to the research sector more generally.

The program includes speakers from the United States, Europe, Asia and Australia, as well as a number of thematic sessions focusing on issues such as advocacy, alternative metrics, open data and open access publishing.

The conference is hosted by the Queensland University of Technology (QUT) and will be held in Brisbane at QUT’s new and innovative Science and Engineering Centre, from 31 October to 1 November. Pre-conference workshops will also be held on Wednesday 30 October.

More information:

Web: www.oar2013.qut.edu.au

Email: oar2013@qut.edu.au

Phone: (07) 3138 9357

eResearch Australasia 2013 – Featured Speakers

eResearch Australasia is delighted to announce two featured speakers have been secured for the 2013 conference.  These Outstanding featured speakers are:

Mark A. Ragan, Professor and Head Genomics and Computational Biology, Institute for Molecular Bioscience; Professor, School of Information Technology & Electrical Engineering, The University of Queensland and; Director, ARC Centre of Excellence in Bioinformatics; and

Rahul Ramachandran, Ph.D, Deputy Editor, Earth Science Informatics (ESIN); Principal Research Scientist III, Information Tech; and Systems Center; Adjunct Professor, Dept of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama

Further speakers will be announced as they become available.

Keep an eye out for new featured speakers and updated bios here:


eResearch NZ 2013 – Christchurch, 2-4 July 2013


eResearch NZ aims to connect researchers and eScience practitioners. It is New Zealand’s event to celebrate and strengthen the use of technology within research of all disciplines. eResearch NZ 2013 is the first major conference to be hosted at the University of Canterbury since the major earthquake of February 2011, and is a welcome return for events within the sector to Christchurch and the University.

The programme has recently been made available at:


Early bird registrations close on 7 June 2013.

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