In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2014 -Program now available
  • RDSI Story – Cinematography meets science
  • CloudStor+ upgrade: 2GB limit removed & international (non-latin) character sets
  • DaShNet impresses with unparalleled performance
  • TPAC – New $8.75 million research resource launched
  • LiveArc training for RDSI funded Nodes
  • ANDS eResearch Australasia workshops announced
  • RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP
  • About this newsletter


eResearch Australasia 2014 – Program now available!

The eResearch 2014 program has now been published and boasts over 75 presentations including BoFs, panels and point counterpoint sessions.  The published program includes all relevant timings of the core conference days as well as session abstracts, click here to view program.  For schedule of workshops, visit here.


Register as a delegate:  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. Early bird closes 29 August!

To register, please visit

Additional Call for Participation

The call for participation for the Solutions Showcase in now open!  So it’s time to start submitting your papers!  We invite you to participate as a practitioner, a researcher, an educator and an influential exemplar in your field.  You still have multiple opportunities to participate at the conference including:

  • Solutions Showcase – open 21st July and close 5th September
  • Posters – open 1st September and close 10th October
  • Enlightening Talks – open 1st September and close 10th October

If you would like to participate, follow these steps to make a submission, visit


Featured Speakers

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

  • Gerrit Bahlman is the Director of Information Technology at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) in Hong Kong
  • Jane Burry is Director of the Spatial Information Architecture Laboratory (SIAL)
  • Tom Caradoc-Davies is Principal Scientist – Macromolecular Crystallography at the Australian Synchrotron.
  • Helen Glaves, Senior Data Manager, Nottingham, United Kingdom and Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) Project coordinator.
  • David Karoly is Professor of Atmospheric Science in the School of Earth Sciences and the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science at the University of Melbourne.
  • Ros Harveyis 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.
  • Heather Piwowar is a cofounder of Impactstory and a leading researcher in the area of research data availability and data reuse.
  • Paul Sherlockis Chief Information Officer of Information Strategy and Technology Services at the University of South Australia. Prior to joining the University in 2001 Paul held senior ICT management roles at the Defence Science & Technology Organisation (DSTO) and BHP Billiton.
  • Larry Smarr is Founding Director of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), UCSD
  • 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.
  • More featured speakers to come!

For more information, please visit


Become a sponsor

The conference provides an excellent opportunity for your Organisation to:

  • Meet face-to-face with leading researchers and opinion leaders in the eResearch field
  • Demonstrate new services and research programs
  • Maintain a high profile with your target markets
  • Network with industry delegates and evaluate market trends to generate new business opportunities and identify emerging technologies
  • Network with eResearchers likely to be valuable to your team
  • Demonstrate your involvement, commitment and support of the eResearch community
  • Launch new products and services in front of an audience empowered with decision-making authority.


RDSI Story – Cinematography meets science

RDSI and QCIF are helping to make more than 20 years of ocean and terrestrial documentary footage available to researchers.

Richard Fitzpatrick is an Emmy award winning cinematographer, renowned for filming complex animal behaviours for natural history documentaries. For the last 20 years, his company Biopixel has shot films for clients including the BBC, National Geographic, and the Discovery Channel. This summer, he’ll be working again with Sir David Attenborough on a new series on the Great Barrier Reef, intended to be Attenborough’s last.

Richard’s work is not only stunning, it is also in demand for scientific research on the ocean creatures and terrestrial animals he captures on video. Richard himself is a marine biologist at James Cook University, specialising in the behaviours of tiger sharks.

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CloudStor+ upgrade: 2GB limit removed & international (non-latin) character sets

We’ve upgraded CloudStor+ to a release that can deal with non-latin characters (such as chinese, japanese, cyrillic &c) in filenames and interface descriptions.  Previously, such filenames wouldn’t render properly, causing synchronisation issues and garbling of filenames. Apologies for those who have been inconvenienced — we believe this release fixes your woes.

We’ve also managed to put in place a mechanism that works around the previously present 2GB upload limit in the web interface. For the moment, we’ve put in an arbitrary new upper limit of 8GB, but this can be changed again if desired.

During the next upgrade, in about a month’s time from now, we intend to tackle versioning control (by popular demand). We’ll send out another update via this list when that upgrade happens.

Thanks for your continued patronage,

Guido Aben, eResearch @ AARNet


DaShNet impresses with unparalleled performance

The Data Sharing Network (DaShNet) flexed its muscles at the Brisbane QUESTnet conference in early July, demonstrating its new ultra-fast bandwidth. The demonstrations moved data over a 1700km connection and recorded speeds peaking at 75 gigabits per second (Gbps) between the Brisbane Convention Centre and a site in Carlton, Victoria.

The AARNet-run demonstration exploited the new world-class AARNet4 network platform which is currently being rolled out progressively to universities and research organisations around Australia. The data movement was managed through software from Aspera/IBM, which efficiently maximises the utilisation of available bandwidth across network paths of any length and performance.

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TPAC – New $8.75 million research resource launched

Tasmania continues a 20-year tradition at the crest of the nation’s research computing capacity with the launch today of the Tasmanian eResearch Cloud.

The cloud will store important scientific data collections and also allow researchers to access enormous computing power from a standard desktop PC.

The $8.75 million project is the result of a collaboration between the University of Tasmania, CSRIO and Australian Antarctic Division. It is supported by both State and Federal governments.

It includes the Tasmanian node of the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources Project (NeCTAR) research cloud, which will be one of eight nationally, federally funded by the Education Investment Fund.

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LiveArc training for RDSI funded Nodes

The RDSI project has funded Livearc and its customisation to RDSI funded Nodes.

RDSI in conjunction with SGI have scheduled two days of training for the Nodes System Administrators.

The training will cover such topics as installation, configuration, backup procedures, HSM data stores, monitoring, security and authorisation.

For more information, visit


ANDS eResearch Australasia workshops announced

The Australian National Data Service has two workshops on offer at eResearch Australasia 2014:

  1. Creating Your Research Impact Story featuring Heather Piwowar (ImpactStory) and Pat Loria (Charles Sturt University), with Natasha Simons (ANDS) – half day. More information.
  2. Humanities Data Workshop with Ingrid Mason and Rowan Brownlee of ANDS – full day. More information.


RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP

The RDSI/CAUDIT Vendor Panel continues to accept Request For Proposals (RFPs) 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



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