In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – Registrations now open!
  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – Research Day
  • RDSI Story – Making Ocean Change Visible to Everyone
  • Developing a connected support community
  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – Featured Speakers
  • 2014 National iAwards Nominations
  • eResearch NZ 2014
  • RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP
  • About this newsletter


eResearch Australasia 2014 – Registrations now open!

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

This year the conference theme is ‘Towards Unified Global Research

Register now and take advantage of the early bird rate.

To register, please visit http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/eres2014/registration/

Call for Participation

We invite practitioners, researchers and educators from diverse disciplines to participate in this year’s conference. Conference participants can opt to present workshops, presentations, point/counterpoint debates, birds of a feather sessions (BoF), panels or have fun with enlightening talks.

We will run the Research Day this year and encourage submissions of workshops with participants from nodes/institutions and researchers.

For details on how to respond to the CFP please visit:


Submissions Close 6 June 2014


eResearch Australasia 2014 – Research Day

The 2014 conference will feature a ‘Research day’, which concentrates on how researchers and support staff use technology to support their discoveries.  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.  Research day will be run on Tuesday 28th October, and we aim to run research related workshops on the Monday to tie in with this theme.

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



RDSI Story – Making Ocean Change Visible to Everyone

The Catlin Global Reef Record is making ocean change visible to everyone, creating a global survey of coral reefs using 360˚ imagery.

Sponsored by insurer Catlin, the scientific survey is led by The University of Queensland’s Global Change Institute, with Professor Ove Hoegh-Guldberg as Chief Scientist. Data from the survey is stored on RDSI-funded storage at QCIF.

The survey began in 2012 with 32 reefs along the length of the Great Barrier Reef and into the Coral Sea. Since then, 112 reefs have been surveyed in Australia and the Atlantic, with many more in progress. The project is now working with a number of international partners.

Using diver-propelled vehicles, customised HD cameras, and depth sensors, divers can record the full 360˚environment along a two kilometre stretch of reef during a fifty minute dive.

Storage for the photographic records became an issue from the beginning, and the project approached QCIF for help.

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We’re adding two features to our CloudStor file transfer service: timestamping (the curious can try a fully functional but unadorned version here https://cloudstor.tnd.aarnet.edu.au/fs/tsprod/ and also end-to-end encryption, which we’ve got working in code that’s robust enough (not merely PoC!) to be product-ised; a public beta for the encryption feature is expected Q3 2014.

For a full explanation of features and functionality, see http://news.aarnet.edu.au/cryptography-for-cloudstor-encryption-and-timestamping-news/

We’re very keen to hear your feedback — not just whether it all works, but whether we’re aligning closely enough with research workflow; and if not, what we could do to make it align better. We’re not just doing this for the sake of technology!

Guido Aben (eresearch@aarnet.edu.au)


Developing a connected support community

The AeRO IT User Support Project is developing a connected support community that helps eResearch service providers deliver effective national support and discovery of eResearch services.

The AeRO IT User Support Project will assist:

  • eResearch application, tools or services by enhancing the discovery of your services, provide better support materials for your end-users and reduce the amount of help requests you receive.
  • Infrastructure Providers by developing a common framework for all nation-wide infrastructure providers to easily communicate, track and resolve issues.
  • Institutional IT Service Desks by providing easy access to the latest eResearch application, tools and services support material.
  • Researchers by making it easier to get support, find support and discover eResearch applications that will enhance their research.

We are currently looking for eResearch applications, tools and services who are interested in providing better support for their end-users.

Contact our AeRO User Support Consultant today and get access to a free end-user evaluation, access to the connected support community and greater exposure of your service.

Alternatively contact the Project Manager, Hamish Holewa at enquiries@aero.edu.au or call 0400 027 653, to find out more.


eResearch Australasia 2014 – Featured Speakers

We are delighted to present two outstanding Featured Speakers for the 2014 conference:

Ros Harvey is the founding Director of Sense-T. Previous to taking up this role she was Deputy Secretary of the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts in Tasmania.

Helen Glaves, Senior Data Manager, Nottingham, United Kingdom and Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) Project coordinator.

Melissa Terras is Reader in Electronic Communication in the Department of Information Studies, University College London, and the Co-Director of the new UCL Centre for Digital Humanities.

Heather Piwowar is a cofounder of Impactstory and a leading researcher in the area of research data availability and data reuse.

More featured speakers to come!

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



2014 National iAwards Nominations

Nominations for the 20th national iAwards are now open to all segments of the ICT industry including individuals and postgrad research whether core or applied. Also users, local vendors, multinationals and tertiary establishments. See www.iawards.com.au Deadline Monday April 28.

The iAwards honour the achievements of all ICT postgrad research whether core or applied. They increase future employment opportunities and add to the credibility of ICT research at your institution. They also acknowledge a number of individuals. Winners of the iAwards 2014 will have the opportunity to compete against the Asia Pacific region at the 2014 Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA).

They are 13 product and service categories plus eight for individuals including secondary, tertiary and post graduate students. To submit a nomination: visit the website www.iawards.com.au; review the eligibility criteria webpage; then register and upload your nomination.


eResearch NZ 2014

eResearch NZ 2014, the sister event to eResearch Australasia 2014, is being held in Hamilton at the University of Waikato between 30 June and 2 July.  The conference is a national forum for discussion and aims to promote shared approaches to supporting eResearch needs, across institutions and disciplines. Presentations will highlight current and emerging research priorities, discuss how eResearch can enable research and share progress with the rest of the community.



RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP

The RDSI/CAUDIT Vendor Panel continues to accept Request For Proposals (RFP’s) on an ongoing basis.  The Vendor Panel has been set up to support the procurement of data storage infrastructure by the RDSI Nodes, higher-education and research sector in Australia and New Zealand.

Vendor Panel applicants can apply any time and will be assessed in accordance with the compliance and evaluation criteria by an independent Vendor Panel Evaluation Committee

Current members will remain on the Vendor Panel and do not need to reapply.

Further Information and forms are available from https://www.rdsi.edu.au/join-vendor-panel

Enquiries: vepa@rdsi.uq.edu.au


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