In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2014 – Another successful conference
  • eResearch 2015 Programme Committee Members
  • RDSI @ eResearch Australasia 2014
  • eResearch NZ 2015 : Leading research collaboration in NZ
  • ANDS newsletter share issue 20 is out now!
  • RDSI Vendor Panel – Ongoing RFP
  • About this newsletter


eResearch Australasia 2014 – Another successful conference

The 8th annual eResearch Australasia conference in Melbourne concluded Friday 31st October with well over 400 delegates, 10% from overseas, 162 organisations were represented, 29 sponsors and exhibitors and a great atmosphere to network with peers.  The theme ‘Towards unified global research’ attracted a number of high calibre speakers that were able to educate and engage delegates on a series of diverse topics.  Hot topics for 2014 included discussions on:

  • the impact of government funds on research support and the future of research
  • the role of cloud services in institutional frameworks
  • international coordination initiatives and collaboration
  • universities evolution and how ICT strategy needs to change to better assist researchers
  • the use of institutional, national and international e-research infrastructure to support research disciplines
  • the impact of climate change on extreme weather patterns
  • significant use cases demonstrating the use of currently funded projects
  • novel uses of high performance computing
  • data management
  • big data
  • metadata, and much more…

Delegates will be informed when presentations will be available in the coming weeks from:

Delegate feedback to date has been exceptionally positive. For delegates who attended, don’t forget to fill out the evaluation survey for your chance to win a free registration for eResearch Australasia 2015.

To participate in the survey, please visit: and go to ‘Conference Evaluation’


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 ‘2015 programme committee’ to:

If you would like to suggest featured speakers please email subject ‘2015 featured speakers’ to:

The eResearch Australasia 2015 will be in October in Brisbane. Stay tuned for further details by visiting


RDSI @ eResearch Australasia 2014

RDSI made a splash at this year’s conference providing delegates with the opportunity to discuss exciting project developments and particularly showcasing the outcomes of the project.  The RDSI sponsored workshop attracted over 80 registered delegates and featured many high profile researchers making use of the RDSI-funded infrastructure at the Nodes.  These researchers included:

  • Dr Brad Evans: Director – TERN e-MAST Senior Research Fellow at Macquarie University
  • Mr Matt Field: Senior Bioinformatics Manager, ANU
  • Associate Prof Martin Sevior: ARC Centre of Excellence for Particle Physics at the Terascale (CoEPP)
  • Prof David Karoly: Climate Change, Weather@Home project
  • Mr Alex Ip: Senior Data Analyst in High Performance Data at Geoscience Australia
  • Dr Andrew Janke: NIF Informatics Fellow at the Centre for Advanced Imaging at the University of Queensland
  • Mr Othmar Korn: Bioinformatician at The University of Queensland

The workshop slides are available from:

The presentation titled ‘Accessible research storage: RDSI project transitioning and lessons learned along the way’ presented by Viviani Paz was well attended and updated delegates on the project progress, its programmes, and the strategies to be used to transition the RDSI funded infrastructure into the sector.  The presentation slides are available from

For more information on RDSI project, please visit:


eResearch NZ 2015 : Leading research collaboration in NZ

… exciting changes for eResearch NZ next year – we’re moving to summer in the alpine resort of Queenstown, shifting dates to March 23 – 25, 2015.

Come to New Zealand in late summer and enjoy the conversations in this most picturesque of settings. The conference is now co-hosted by our national research infrastructures, NeSI, NZGL, and REANNZ. As the themes below highlight, this is a time to explore how best eresearch supports research. The themes for this years meeting 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 capabili-ties, across institutions and with research infrastructures.

See you in Queenstown!


ANDS newsletter share issue 20 is out now!

The latest issue of share, the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service, is now available from the ANDS website.

This issue looks at the value of research data to research institutions, and includes articles on:

  • How Monash University treats its research data as an asset
  • How research institutions use research data to attract partners (with Griffith University, Curtin University and the Population Health Research Network as examples)
  • How to enhance institutional research data assets
  • The Australian Antarctic Division’s data program
  • Curtin University and its ANDS Major Open Data Collection
  • Data management at the Australian Synchrotron.

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


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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