In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2015
  • Software Carpentry Bootcamps – New Zealand
  • DashNet unleashed with additional Aspera features
  • Behind the Scenes of Big Data Storage
  • eResearch NZ 2015 : Leading research collaboration in NZ
  • About this newsletter


eResearch Australasia 2015

Seeking 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 ‘programme committee’ to:  conference@eresearch.edu.au.

If you would like to suggest featured speakers please email subject ‘featured speakers’ to:  conference@eresearch.edu.au.

Come join us in Brisbane for eResearch Australasia 2015!

This year it will be hosted at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre 19-23 October.   Workshops will run on Monday and Friday.

Details will be available soon from:  http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/

2015 Complimentary Registration Winner

Congratulations to Christopher Mcavaney from Deakin University for completing the 2014 evaluation survey and winning a full registration to eResearch Australasia 2015! Christopher will enjoy all three days of the conference including social events – Welcome Reception, Poster Reception and Conference Dinner (excludes workshops).

Software Carpentry Bootcamps – New Zealand

New Zealand eScience Infrastructures (NeSI) is pleased to announce its collaboration with Auckland University of Technology and the University of Canterbury in bringing Software Carpentry Bootcamps to New Zealand. These are the first two bootcamps in NeSI’s 2015 training programme, and are the first Software Carpentry Bootcamps delivered in New Zealand by local trained Software Carpentry Instructors. NeSI will be offering more bootcamps during the year in other regions.

Holding two bootcamps, the first in Christchurch on the 23-24 February and moving up to Auckland on the 26-27 February. Both bootcamps will be in the capable hands of Bill Mills, working alongside NeSI’s new Software Carpentry instructors John Rugis and Sung Bae. Bill has worked at CERN in Switzerland and at TRIUMF, Canada’s national lab for nuclear physics. Bill is currently a lead developer and community manager at Mozilla Science Lab.

Christchurch: http://sungeunbae.github.io/2015-02-23-canterbury
Auckland: http://jrugis.github.io/2015-02-26-auckland

DashNet unleashed with additional Aspera features

With the deployment of the DashNet project around 95% complete, all Nodes have started to use their ScienceDMZ hardware to trial or deliver services to their users. The Aspera software installed at each Node provides a high-speed and flexible data transfer mechanisms between Nodes and users, regardless of the location. The Aspera protocol delivers extremely high throughput across any type of network, even across campus networks and to wireless devices.

The Aspera product suite contains a wide and growing range of different tools, and in late 2014 the RDSI project negotiated an extremely exciting deal on behalf of all the Nodes and the Australian research community. This deal provides many researchers access to almost the entire Aspera product suite, including the Aspera Drive (a dropbox-like service), and Faspex (for sending large files as links to anybody via email) amongst other tools, and also the Aspera SDK, allowing developers to integrate the Aspera protocol into their tools. This means Nodes have even more ways of fitting in with and enhancing researcher workflows, to move data into and out of labs, institutional servers, supercomputers and Node storage.

To find more about DaShNet, click here.

Behind the Scenes of Big Data Storage

NCI hosts more than 10 petabytes of research data. That’s 10,000,000,000 megabytes of files. Hosting these datasets is not as simple as just copy and pasting the files onto a hard drive – they need to be thoroughly catalogued so they can be easily searched, downloaded and analysed. There’s no point having data if you can’t use it.

“These datasets are of enormous value to the research community and Australia as a whole,” explains NCI Data Collections Manager Dr Jingbo Wang.

“For example, to regenerate the Australian Geophysical Data Collection, which represents just 300TB of our 10PB database, would cost billions.”

By developing comprehensive and flexible data management plans, NCI is ensuring researchers can make the most out of these nationally significant datasets.

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eResearch NZ 2015 : Leading research collaboration in NZ

March 23 – 25, 2015, Queenstown.

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 capabilities, across institutions and with research infrastructures.

See you in Queenstown!


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