In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – Conference presentations now available
  • Seeking eResearch 2015 Programme Committee Members
  • RDSI Story: Democratising access to ecosystem science datasets
  • CAUDIT Enterprise Architecture Symposium 2014
  • AARNet Webinars on New Services
  • eResearch NZ 2015 | Leading research collaboration in NZ
  • The ANDS NCRIS and ARDC EIF Final report out now!
  • CloudStor Powers On
  • InfiniBand experiments show extraordinary improvements in data transfer rates for researchers
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2014 – Conference presentations now available

Presentations for eResearch Australasia 2014 are now available.  Revisit your favourite presentations and study the slides that engaged you.  Visit

Win a free registration for 2015

Fill out the evaluation survey by 31 December 2014 for your chance to win a free registration for eResearch Australasia 2015.

To participate, visit: and go to ‘Conference Evaluation’

Come join us in Brisbane for eResearch Australasia 2015!

The conference will run 19 – 23 October 2015, Details will be available in due course from:

Seeking eResearch 2015 Programme Committee Members

Calling out to those interested in shaping the eResearch 2015 programme!

To volunteer, please email advice of your area of expertise with subject ‘programme committee’ to:

If you would like to suggest featured speakers please email your suggestions with subject ‘featured speakers’ to:

RDSI Story:  Democratising access to ecosystem science datasets

RDSI is helping the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) to assemble datasets for modelling future climate scenarios, plant growth and water resources.

Dr Bradley Evans is a Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University and Director of the Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure (eMAST), a facility of TERN.

In his own research in land surface and carbon modelling, he works to understand how to close the earth’s carbon cycle by modelling the carbon dioxide trees and other plants take out of the air. He also works with a large network of ecosystem scientists looking to understand extreme weather events, fires, water resources, carbon, biodiversity, and sustainable land use.

Understanding these aspects of Australia’s ecosystem requires a large amount of observational data from sensors, satellites, and other sources, coupled with computing resources for modelling the data.

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CAUDIT Enterprise Architecture Symposium 2014

The University of Sydney is hosting the 2014 CAUDIT EA Symposium. This year our theme is ‘Connect the World’.

As enterprise architects, we’re in the best position to facilitate meaningful connections—in every sense of the word. We’re already harnessing developments in cloud services and digital technologies to connect people and organisations in innovative ways. Internet of things is forming to be part of our daily lives and we are increasingly becoming a digitally dependent society. It is changing the way we engage and communicate with each other. Consequently, it will also affect the way we learn, teach and research.

Organisations are looking to strengthen and diversify these connections, improving their capability. When such connections improve the way people work, collaborate and innovate, it’s easy to see why.

For more information visit

AARNet Webinars on New Services

AARNet has commenced a series of Webinars, using the Zoom video conferencing platform, that provide introductions to a number of its more interesting (new) services.

The next Webinar will be held at 1pm on Thursday, 4-Dec-14 (AEDT), on AARNet Cloud Connect, intended for AARNet customers interested in using cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Rackspace or others. This Webinar will be presented by Jamie Sunderland, AARNet’s Director, Product Solutions, and will include topics such as peering, optical and Ethernet circuits, MPLS circuits, Vlans and routing, VPCs and public/private hybrids, multi-provider clouds, quoting and ordering.

Go to for further information and to register.

The topics of previous Webinars include

“Introduction to the new AARNet Science DMZ Advanced Network Service” (delivered by David Wilde on 20-Nov-14), and “AARNet4: the Migration Process, New Services and Benefits”, also by David Wilde, on 6-Nov-14. Both these Webinars can be seen again at

and respectively.

Further information about upcoming AARNet Webinars can be seen at

eResearch NZ 2015 | Leading research collaboration in NZ

23-25 March 2015, Queenstown, New Zealand

Call for Participation is now open! Check out the conference website for more information and submission types.
This year’s themes are:

  • Working together on aligning longer term planning across institutions, infrastructures and with research communities.
  • Training for researchers, to make use of infrastructure capabilities and advanced tools and services to advance research.
  • Showcasing and demonstrating collaboration and end-to-end delivery of leading-edge eResearch capabilities, across institutions and with research infrastructures.


Call for Sponsorship is now open, and we are pleased to announce DDN, Figshare, Catalyst IT and SGI are already confirmed as Bronze sponsors. As a sponsor, you will have the opportunity to network face-to-face with the attendees, and build relationships with domestic and international delegates.

We look forward to seeing you in Queenstown!


Follow us on Twitter @eresearchnz  #eRNZ2015

The ANDS NCRIS and ARDC EIF Final report out now!

The ANDS NCRIS (National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy) and ARDC EIF (Australian Research Data Commons / Education Investment Fund) Final Report is out now.

There have been positive changes to the Australian research data landscape over the last five years, and ANDS has made a contribution to those changes. These changes include:

Naturally such changes are a result of many joint efforts. ANDS greatly appreciates the partnerships it has forged over the last five years that have placed Australia in an outstanding position to reap the benefits of world leading research data and associated infrastructure.

CloudStor Powers On

The number of users of CloudStor, the utility for sending very large files, continues to grow at about 600 per month, reaching

16,500 by the beginning of September. Over 100,000 files have been sent using this service this year so far, totalling over 50TBytes. The largest files sent to date have been over 100GBytes, and some users have sent over 1,000 files.

Recently introduced features include a new high-speed upload module, Auto-completion of addressees in the To: field, and the ability to Cancel / Resume file uploads (HTML5).

The find out more, visit, and to use it (using your AAF credentials) go to

InfiniBand experiments show extraordinary improvements in data transfer rates for researchers

AARNet has been supporting NCI’s collaboration with A*Star in Singapore for the development of high performance clouds for bioinfomatics. This collaboration, has been looking at long distance InfiniBand as a way of potentially linking A*Star’s data centres in Singapore.


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