In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – CFP closing 6th June
  • AARNet and RDSI
  • RDSI Story: Observing Earth from space
  • ANDS webinars on data citation and PLOS open data
  • Nominations are Now Open for the AARNet Excellence Awards
  • eResearch NZ 2014
  • RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2014 – CFP closing 6th June

The call for participation closes on the 6th of June so it’s time to start submitting your papers!  We invite you to participate as a practitioner, a researcher, an educator and an influential exemplary in your field.  You have multiple opportunities to participate including:

  • Presentations
  • Birds of a Feather (BoFs)
  • Point Counterpoint Sessions
  • Enlightening Talks
  • Workshops
  • Posters (due 10th Oct)
  • Showcase (due 5th Sep)

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

  1. Download the submission template for the type of submission you would like to present here: http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/eres2014/participate/
  2. Complete the description of your topic using the template.
  3. Prepare a brief summary of no more than 300 words.
  4. Go to https://www.easychair.org/conferences/?conf=eresau2014 and complete the submission form.  Note:please select only one group to which your paper belongs 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.

All submission types except posters and showcases are due by 6 June 2014.

For more information about the conference please visit:


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/

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.


AARNet is rolling out new high-speed data connections to eight RDSI (Research Data Storage Infrastructure) Nodes as part of the DaShNet project funded through the Federal Government¹s National Research Network(NRN) Program. The University of South Australia is the lead agent for the NRN, an initiative of the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS).  

The project, DaShNet, will enable researchers nationwide to quickly and easily access, use and share research data collections stored at the Nodes.  Each Node will have resilient 10Gbps connections to both the AARNet routed backbone and a virtual private network (VPN), inter-connecting the Nodes.  In order to ensure that each Node can use these connections to their full capacity, AARNet is deploying ‘Science DMZ architecture at each site. The Science DMZ approach ensures that that data to and from the RDSI Nodes can be transferred across Australia and internationally at a full 10Gbps, well beyond typical performance seen without special tuning.

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RDSI Story: Observing Earth from space

RDSI investment opens the door for Geoscience Australia to provide access to Earth Observations from Space

Since 2005, Dr Adam Lewis and the team at Geoscience Australia’s National Earth & Marine Observations Group have worked to maximise the value and impact of images taken from space by earth observation satellites.

Their Data Cube prototype, using high performance computing and RDSI-funded storage facilities at the National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), represents a new paradigm in analysing and providing public access to these massive datasets.

“The Data Cube evolved because we’ve become good at receiving and calibrating large amounts of satellite data,” says Dr Lewis. “We now have hundreds of Terabytes of data covering all of Australia going back 30 years, and we wanted to begin applying it to big problems. Once we knew this is what we wanted to do, it became clear we needed to organise the data differently.”

Read More


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.

Sooner on the ANDS calendar is a webinar on Thursday, 5 June, 12pm–1pm AEST, with Natasha Simons providing practical examples of how one university – Griffith University – has approached data citation. Please register.

Natasha recently joined ANDS as a Senior Data Management Specialist, based at Griffith University. She has spent the last two years as the Senior Project Manager for the ANDS-funded Griffith Research Hub.


Nominations are Now Open for the AARNet Excellence Awards

AARNet wishes to recognise the innovative leadership and technical engineering expertise of the Australian Research & Education community for their use of AARNet’s high-speed network or services that have led to any single or combination of the following outcomes:

  • New forms of online research collaboration
  • New ways to support online learning and distance teaching methods
  • New forms of immersive teaching and learning environments on campus(es)
  • New ways of cost effectively delivering IT services

AARNet is delighted to have the support of QUESTnet for the 2nd annual AARNet Excellence Awards. QUESTnet is the premier annual conference for the University IT technical community. The Awards will be presented at the QUESTnet Conference Gala Dinner on July 3, 2014.

We welcome submissions from the IT Services community that demonstrate the value of the services they deliver to educators, researchers, staff and students. The deadline for submissions is midnight AEST June 27, 2014.

For more information and submission details see: http://news.aarnet.edu.au/aarnet-excellence-awards-2014/


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 (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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