March 2013

In this issue:

  • The eResearch Australasia 2013 Call for Participation (CFP) is now Open
  • Australian Access Federation – Project Updates
  • RDSI/CAUDIT Vendor Panel (VePa) RFP closing soon!
  • ANDS newsletter: issue 15 is out now!
  • RDSI data sharing feasibility study (SHARE.EDU) NOW LIVE!
  • AARNet’s CloudStor+ Beta Release
  • Data Fabric Closure – 19 April 2013
  • ANDS Events
  • About this newsletter

The eResearch Australasia 2013 Call for Participation (CFP) is 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:

Australian Access Federation – Project Updates

The following activities are being undertaken as part of the project funded by DIISRTE (via CAUDIT) to support broader research sector participation in the AAF:
Virtual Home (VH) on track for release in April 2013: The VH is the new system replacing the Virtual Home Organisation (VHO). It will allow users collaborating with a subscribed organisation to log into services via the AAF. We received some great feedback during January’s User Acceptance Testing (UAT) sessions and have subsequently developed additional features for the first release in early April. Existing VHO accounts will be migrated across to the VH automatically to minimise any disruption. To find more, visit:

Service Desk Engagement Pilot Program: CAUDIT and the AAF have been developing a User Support Framework to better equip Service Desks to provide support for the AAF and connected services. The AAF recently commenced the Service Desk Engagement Pilot Program to trial the support material developed as part of the Framework. A big thanks to eResearchSA, Intersect, The University of Newcastle, University of South Australia, The University of Western Australia and Victoria University for their participation in the Pilot Program and assistance to date. For more information, visit:

RDSI/CAUDIT Vendor Panel (VePa) RFP closing soon!

RDSI is still accepting Vendor Panel proposals up to the end of March.  The RDSI/CAUDIT Vendor panel has been set up to support the procurement of data storage infrastructure by the higher-education and research sector in Australasia.  Due to the success of the previous Vendor Panel, RDSI has released a second round of RFP.

Vendor panel applicants can apply up to 31st March 2013 at 2pm EST.

Note:  Current Vendor Panel members do not need to respond.

Further Information and forms are available from:


ANDS newsletter: issue 15 is out now!

An electronic version (pdf) of the latest issue of share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service is now available from the ANDS website.

This issue looks at Institutional transformation in the context of research data infrastructure and includes the following feature articles: Institutional transformation profiles, Meet the transformers and Seeding the change for future data management.

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RDSI data sharing feasibility study (SHARE.EDU) NOW LIVE!

RDSI is currently evaluating a secure ‘Dropbox’ like system on its Australian network.  The trial involves the installation and demonstration of a DDN Web Object Store (WOS) Cloud located in Perth and Brisbane.

The trial is now available over all major platforms including web browser, Mac, Windows, IOS (iPhone) and Android.

Feedback is already starting to come in, but it’s not too late to get involved!  If you would like to participate in this trial, please register your interest by supplying your email address and that of a collaborator who will help test the system at:

If you’re currently trialling the system, please provide feedback and report your experiences to

AARNet’s CloudStor+ Beta Release

AARNet is pleased to announce it will be making the Beta release of its personal Cloud Storage service (CloudStor+) available for testing by interested researchers in the week starting 11-Mar-13.  In other developments, equipment has now been deployed at nodes in BNE, PER and MEL; AAF-compliance has been effected; and platform support extended as follows:

  • there is a fully-featured Web client accessible from any platform supporting contemporary Web technologies;
  • installable, synchronising clients are available for Windows, Mac OS X and Linux;
  • mobile clients are available for Android, iOS (iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch).

Initial testing has proven positive – for instance, achieving read/write speeds that are orders of magnitude faster than other commercially available cloud storage solutions.

The Website has been updated to reflect this progress, and includes a sample screenshot and an FAQ.


AARNet is aiming at a release for general use by late April, 2013.

Contact if you would like to participate in the Beta testing.

Data Fabric Closure – 19 April 2013

The Australian eResearch Organisations (AeRO) that 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.

All researchers are being asked to remove 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:
  • NT & SA – please contact eRSA:
  • Queensland – please contact QCIF:
  • Victoria – please contact VeRSI:
  • Tasmania – please contact TPAC:
  • WA – please contact iVEC:

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

ANDS Events

ANDS events for 2013 have started again with a highly successful Data Management workshop between ANDS and TERN data facility managers held on 18 March in Canberra.  The day explored current processes and capabilities in data management; Data Management in 2013 and beyond;  Aggregating domain specific Metadata;  Data Citation; People, Identifiers and acknowledgement;  TERN National Collections;  and Enabling reuse of research data.

The first webinar for 2013 was Research Data Licensing #1 webinar with guest speaker Diane Peters, Counsel General for Creative Commons in the USA on 21 February.  A recording is available on the ANDS Audio Video page.

Upcoming events include:

  • webinars on Licensing, Data Citation and Data Journals
  • state based community events.
  • RIF-CS and Trove/TIM one-to-one virtual training

Visit the ANDS Events page for more event information or to suggest a webinar/event simply email

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