In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – CFP
  • RDSI Story/Video – CoEPP: Using the cloud to understand the universe
  • Three good reasons to attend RDA Plenary 3
  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – Featured Speakers
  • ANDS Update
  • eResearch NZ 2014
  • RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2014 – CFP

Call for Participation (CFP) is now open

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 power talks.

This year the conference theme is ‘Towards Unified Global Research

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

Submissions Close 6 June 2014

RDSI Story/Video – CoEPP: Using the cloud to understand the universe

The nearly 100 particle physicists at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP) in Sydney, Melbourne, and Adelaide, are working with collaborators around the globe to understand what the universe is made of and how it started.

“I guess I’ve always liked to understand things,” says Professor Anthony Williams, one of CoEPP’s Chief Investigators. “Some people are driven to do it.”

It’s an ongoing labour of decades, involving thousands of scientists and billions of dollars from participating countries worldwide. One of the largest experiments for studying the fundamental particles of matter has been ATLAS at the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at CERN in Switzerland.

Read More and view the video here

Three good reasons to attend RDA Plenary 3

26–28 March 2014 – Dublin, Ireland

Need more than the lure of a properly poured Guinness to entice you to the Research Data Alliance’s Third Plenary Meeting in Dublin in March this year?

Here are three good reasons to attend the Australian National Data Service / Digital Repository of Ireland co-hosted event:

Listen to and interact with inspiring keynote speakers like Professor Ian Chubb, Australia’s Chief Scientist, Professor Milena Zic Fuchs, University of Zagreb and Chair of the Scientific Review Group for the Humanities of the European Science Foundation, and Dr Tony Hey, Vice President of Microsoft Research Connections.

Follow and get involved in the data challenge panel session chaired by Sandra Collins, Digital Repository of Ireland Director.

Meet and discuss with your global peers at the working and interest group meetings and birds of a feather sessions taking place over the three days, as well as a series of co-located events before and after the event.

Half-price early bird registration (€100) ends on 6 March, so register now!

eResearch Australasia 2014 – Featured Speakers

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

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. With a background in Classical Art History and English Literature, and Computing Science, her doctorate (University of Oxford) examined how to use advanced information engineering technologies to interpret and read the Vindolanda texts.

Heather Piwowar is a cofounder of Impactstory and a leading researcher in the area of research data availability and data reuse. She wrote one of the first papers to measure the citation benefit of publicly available research data and has studied variation in journal data sharing policies, patterns in public deposition of datasets, and is currently investigating patterns of data reuse and the impact of journal data sharing policies.

More featured speakers to come!

For enquiries please email:

ANDS Update

Recent updates to Australian Research Council funding rules and application templates bring research data into the spotlight. Funding applications for ARC National Competitive Grants must now include a brief data management plan outline.

The Australian National Data Service is well placed to assist individuals and institutions in understanding more about the new requirements. Visit the ANDS website for more information or email ANDS for help:

ANDS is holding free webinars about the ARC funding rules changes. On 4 March, 12:30pm AEDT, guests from the ARC, Australian National University and Intersect will provide their perspectives on data management. Please register.

A recording of the 19 February webinar, featuring the ARC’s Professor Brian Yates and Mr Justin Withers, is now available on the ANDS YouTube channel.

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


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