In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – Opportunities Beckon!
  • RDSI Story – Global research on greenhouse gases
  • ANDS newsletter: issue 18 – the value of research data
  • Nominations are Now Open for the AARNet Excellence Awards
  • eResearch NZ 2014
  • RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2014 – Opportunities Beckon!

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.

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

Call for Participation:  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 enlightening talks.

We will run the Research Day this year and encourage submissions of workshops with participants from nodes/institutions and researchers.

Submissions Close 6 June 2014

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

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

  • Paul Sherlock is Director of the 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.
  • 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.
  • Helen Glaves, Senior Data Manager, Nottingham, United Kingdom and Ocean Data Interoperability Platform (ODIP) Project coordinator.
  • 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.
  • Heather Piwowar is a cofounder of Impactstory and a leading researcher in the area of research data availability and data reuse.
  • More featured speakers to come!

For more information, please visit

Research Day:  The 2014 conference will feature a ‘Research day’, which concentrates on how researchers and support staff use technology to support their discoveries.  Research day will include a range of presentations, forums and demonstrations that will illustrate the importance of technology within the research sector and importantly how to utilise these technologies.  Research day will be run on Tuesday 28th October, and we aim to run research related workshops on the Monday to tie in with this theme.

RDSI Story – Global research on greenhouse gases

Twenty years of daily atmospheric measurements contribute to global research on greenhouse gases.

RDSI-funded storage at Intersect is helping Professor David Griffith at the University of Wollongong contribute to an international effort to understand changes in greenhouse gases and ozone in the atmosphere, and how these may affect our climate, our environment, our weather, and our health.

Every sunny day since 1995, a sensing station in Wollongong has recorded the spectrum in the column of atmosphere above it, using a technique known as high resolution solar Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy.

Professor Griffith’s Atmospheric Chemistry and Spectroscopy Research Group operate the sensing station, in addition to one in Darwin that has been running since 2005…

Read More


The AARNet CloudStor service has been upgraded to the 1.6-rc1 version. Thanks again for your feedback: a good deal of it is reflected in new functionality.

Major changes are:

  • a completely rewritten upload module that should yield noticeably better upload speeds
  • the ability to resume file uploads (provided you’re using an HTML5 browser)
  • autocompletion of frequently-used recipient email addresses

Full feature list here:

CloudStor continues to live at

The interface has remained essentially identical, so we expect you’ll be able to continue using any existing user guides your institute may have prepared.

We’re quite keen to hear what sorts of upload speeds you’re seeing in the field, particularly if you’ve noticed a significant change; if you could, please report speed (Mbit/s) and your physical location if you have a moment to spare.

Guido Aben (

ANDS newsletter: issue 18 – the value of research data

If you missed the April issue of share, the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service, a PDF version is available from the ANDS website.

This issue features articles on Bioplatforms Australia’s wheat datasets project; Hubble Space Telescope data reuse; ARC Funding Rules changes related to data management; and data as an institutional asset from CSIRO’s perspective.

To be notified when share is next published, please subscribe to the ANDS General Google Group by submitting a request to, or follow @andsdata on Twitter.

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:

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


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