May 2013

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2013 CFP – How to make a submission
  • The International Semantic Web Conference 2013
  • New Executive Director at iVEC
  • eResearch Australasia 2013 – Featured Speakers
  • AAF Virtual Home (VH) release
  • CAUDIT Monthly eNewsletter available
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2013 CFP – How to make a submission

The eResearch Australasia conference will be held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre, 20–25 October 2013. If you would like to participate, please follow these steps to make a submission:

1. Download the submission template for the type of submission you would like to present here:

Submission types are as follows:

  • Presentations
  • Birds of a Feather (BoFs)
  • Point Counterpoint Sessions
  • Posters
  • Workshops

2. Complete the description of your topic using the template.

3. Prepare a brief summary of no more than 300 words.

4. Go to and complete the submission form. Note: please select only one group to ensure your abstract is placed in the correct programme stream.

5. Upload your paper in a PDF format

6. You can return to EasyChair and make updates to your submission up until 9 June 2013.

All submission types except posters are due by 9 June 2013. Posters can be submitted from the 30 August to 1 October.

To participate, you will also need to register for the conference no later than 20 September 2013.

For more information about the conference please visit:

The International Semantic Web Conference 2013

The 12th International Semantic Web Conference and the 1st Australasian Web Conference will be held in Sydney, October 21-25, 2013. ISWC 2013 is the premier international forum for the Semantic Web / Linked Data Community usually attracting about 600 people from outside Australia. Here, scientists, industry specialists, and practitioners meet to discuss the future of practical, scalable, user-friendly, and game changing solutions. Calls for contributions including full research papers, in-use, and industry papers are available on the website, with closing dates throughout May. Watch the web site for the imminent announcement of 18 workshops on specialist and emerging topics.

Registrations are now open; a heavily discounted super-saver rate is available until May 8th. Sponsors are also sought.


Contact Kerry Taylor (CSIRO)


New Executive Director at iVEC

iVEC’s new Executive Director, Dr Neil Stringfellow, has started in his role and hit the ground running mid-April. Hours after getting off the plane he immersed himself in the excitement of the hardware installation at the Pawsey Centre and has been rapidly familiarising itself with iVEC’s role in Australia’s eResearch landscape.

Neil joins iVEC from the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) where he has held multiple roles involving application and science support and management of strategic partnerships. Key positions held during his tenure were Head of Scientific Computing and Associate Director in charge of the National Supercomputing Service.

iVEC would also like to acknowledge interim iVEC Executive Director, Mr Paul Nicholls (Curtin University), who has worked tirelessly over the last 9 months to prepare iVEC for the operation of the Pawsey Centre.

eResearch Australasia 2013 – Featured Speakers

eResearch Australasia is delighted to announce the first featured speakers secured for the 2013 conference:

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 Centre; Adjunct Professor, Dept of Atmospheric Science, University of Alabama

Further speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

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

If you are interested in demonstrating exemplars, exhibit or sponsor the conference please email and we’d be delighted to discuss how to accommodate your needs.

AAF Virtual Home (VH) release

The AAF Virtual Home (VH) – the new solution replacing the Virtual Home Organisation (VHO) – has been released in our production environment. The AAF Virtual Home (VH) is an identity management system for individuals who need to access services via the AAF but who do not have an account with an AAF identity provider (IdP).

As a researcher you may be collaborating with individuals who are not in your identity management system and who need to access AAF-connected services in your organisation. You can in effect sponsor these individuals and add them to the VH. This enables them to access AAF-connected services without having an account in your identity management system.

To find out more information about the AAF VH go to:

CAUDIT Monthly eNewsletter

CAUDIT produces a monthly eNewsletter which includes updates on current projects and initiatives, conferences and events, survey results, job vacancies and much much more. The CAUDIT eNewsletter is open to all persons engaged in IT within higher education. Previous issues of the eNewsletter can be downloaded from the CAUDIT website: or subscribed to directly:

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