In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – Preliminary draft program available
  • RDSI Story: Weather@home
  • ANDS newsletter share: issue 19 is out now!
  • 500,000 CloudStor Transactions Analysed
  • ANDS webinars on data citation and PLOS open data
  • RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP
  • About this newsletter

 eResearch Australasia 2014 – Preliminary draft program available

A first draft of this year’s program has been developed and is available here.  The program will be updated with session details in due course.

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.

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

The call for participation opens soon for Solutions Showcase, Posters, and Enlightening Talks.   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 have multiple opportunities to participate 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 http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/eres2014/participate/

Featured Speakers:  We are delighted to present six 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
  • Helen Glaves, Senior Data Manager, Nottingham, United Kingdom and Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) Project coordinator.
  • 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.
  • Heather Piwowar is a cofounder of Impactstory and a leading researcher in the area of research data availability and data reuse.
  • Paul Sherlock is 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.
  • 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 http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/eres2014/featured-speakers/

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: Weather@home

Impact of climate change on Australian Weather

RDSI, TPAC, and volunteers around the world help weather @ home ANZ generate datasets to study the impact of climate change on Australian weather.

David Karoly, Professor of Atmospheric Science at The University of Melbourne, studies the impacts of climate change on weather extremes, such as hot and cold temperatures, droughts, floods, and fire weather.

His team participates in running the weather @ home Australia and New Zealand (ANZ) online climate experiment, with international partners including the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science, the University of Oxford, the UK Met Office, the University of Tasmania, and New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).

Because extreme weather events have always been a part of the Australian and global climate, it is difficult to know whether human-caused climate change has played a role in particular events, such as the heat wave and drought of 2013.

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ANDS newsletter share : issue 19 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: http://ands.org.au/newsletters/index.html

This issue looks at the value of research data for researchers and includes feature articles on data sharing projects; the benefits and barriers to data sharing; how to boost your research profile through your research data; sharing sensitive data; and data storage.

To be notified when share is published, subscribe to the ANDS RSS feed; subscribe to the ANDS General Google Group by submitting a request to contact@ands.org.au; or follow @andsdata on Twitter.


500,000 CloudStor Transactions Analysed

AARNet has analysed the 500,000 transactions recorded for CloudStor use since it was introduced in April 2010.  Over 100 TBytes of files have been transferred during this time, with over 11,000 researchers and others making use of it in Australia.  Details of this analysis will be presented at the QUESTnet conference being held in Brisbane on 3-Jul-14 by Alex Reid, an Advisor to AARNet on eResearch.


ANDS webinars on data citation and PLOS open data

The Australian National Data Service will host a webinar in early July featuring Dr Virginia Barbour of PLOS discussing the open access journal’s new data policy.

Dr Barbour, founding co-editor of PLOS Medicine, will also talk about the development of PLOS article level metrics and the use of ORCID identifiers.

The webinar will take place on Thursday, 3 July, 12:30pm–1:30pm AEST. Please register.


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 https://www.rdsi.edu.au/join-vendor-panel

Enquiries: vepa@rdsi.uq.edu.au


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