In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2012 – Register Now!
  • RDSI Summit at eResearch Australasia Conference, 1 November 2012
  • VeRSI’s latest eNewsletter is now online
  • Job Vacancy: eResearch Coordinator iVEC Partner, Edith Cowan University
  • ANDS Data Citation Roundtables
  • ANDS 2012 Boot Camp: Canberra, 29 May-1 June
  • Tropical Data Hub launch
  • AeRO airborne
  • Intersect consortium selects SGI for new HPC
  • About this newsletter


eResearch Australasia 2012 – Register Now

Registration is now open!

To register visit http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/registration/

The conference theme is emPower eResearch. Confirmed featured speakers include Dr Clifford Jacobs, National Science Foundation (NSF), Professor Anne Trefethen, Director Oxford eResearch Centre, Rudolf Dimper, Head of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) Computing Services Division (CSD) and Prof Jeffrey Shaw, Dean and Chair Professor of Media Art, City University of Hong Kong.  

Conference Workshops Extended to 2 November 2012

Due to demand, the conference has now been extended with a further day of workshops on the 2nd November 2012, and will now run from 28 October to 2 November 2012.

Queries: conference@eresearch.edu.au

Discounted Flights

For discounted flights to and from the Conference please contact Flight Supporter – Campus Travel UQ for your booking.

Service includes 24 hour assistance, anytime, anywhere. Available to delegates, sponsors, exhibitors, presenters, students and guests.

If you wish to book by phone please contact +61 7 3393 8855 and quote “eResearch”.


I look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Viviani Paz, eResearch Australasia Co-chair

RDSI Summit at eResearch Australasia Conference 2012, Sydney

RDSI will host a Summit as part of the eResearch Australasia Conference on Thursday, 1 November 2012 in Sydney. 

Topics will include:

  • Results of the feasibility study for Project Moonshot (with plans for the technical architect for the project, Sam Hartman to discuss the results)
  • Discuss the RDSI technical architecture
  • RDSI Vendor briefing

Conference Registrations and Enquiries: conference@eresearch.edu.au  

Register for the RDSI Summit here

RDSI Summit Enquiries: office@rdsi.uq.edu.au

VeRSI’s latest eNewsletter is now online

In this issue, we feature a range of exciting projects, including the Digital Roman Campagna Mapping Project, the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure (AURIN) project, Visualising Victoria’s Groundwater and the Virtual Patient project – and much more besides. See:


Job Vacancy: eResearch Coordinator iVEC Partner, Edith Cowan University

Please be advised that a vacancy for an eResearch Coordinator has become available at iVEC Partner, Edith Cowan University (ECU).

As an eResearch Co-ordinator you will be a self-motivated, energetic and innovative enabling you to work collaboratively across all research Faculties.  You will be keen to develop the eResearch capabilities of researchers at ECU, focusing on excellence in research activities and research outputs through liaison with research staff and external stakeholders including iVEC.  You will also be responsible for providing eResearch technical advice and solutions to a range of challenges.  

 This full time, 2 year fixed term position attracts remuneration of $82,880 to $93,692 plus 17% University superannuation contribution. 

 Interested applicants are welcome to email Dr Darren Gibson d.gibson@ecu.edu.au for more information.  Applications will only be accepted via the ECU online submission.

Closing date: Thursday 12 July, at 9:30pm

Further Information is available from the ECU website where you will find contact information, a comprehensive position description and information on how to apply.

The benefits of working at ECU are also provided.

ANDS Data Citation Roundtables

ANDS is working with a group of Australian research institutions to help build a community of practice around Data Citation, especially using Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs). 

The group includes representatives from the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network, the Australian Antarctic Division, the Australian Data Archive, Griffith University, CSIRO, Integrated Marine Observatory System and GeoScience Australia.

The group has met virtually each week in June to learn about, and discuss, various issues associated with Data Citation.  Guest speakers have included Jan Brase (DataCite), Bob Cook (Oak Ridge National Laboratory–NASA) and Nigel Robinson (Thomson Reuters). 

A number the group members are now starting to publish and share their experiences. Keep an eye out for Data Citation papers and presentations at conferences in the second half of 2012.

A wealth of resources on Data Citation and DOIs can be found at: ands.org.au/cite-data

ANDS 2012 Boot Camp: Canberra, 29 May-1 June

The 2012 ANDS Boot Camp was a very intensive three day training program designed to enhance the eResearch support capacity of those undertaking a lead role in new ANDS-funded projects.  The Boot Camp covered: data management and planning, data sharing and access, identifying and describing an institution’s collections, and understanding the legal and regulatory environment for research data. 

The Boot Campers found the experience exhausting but very valuable:

“Can I say I found Boot Camp absolutely fantastic. It came at the best moment possible in the life of our project. It gave me messages to deliver, things to say, examples to use, people to contact.”

To keep the momentum going, a follow on series of events, webinars and online discussions will be posted at: ands.org.au/events

Tropical Data Hub launch

James Cook University (JCU) has created the world’s first Tropical Data Hub— supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) and the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF)—and was officially launched this month by Senator Chris Evans, Minister for Science and Research.

The Hub already contains data produced about more than 20 countries in the tropics and this is just the beginning of an ever-growing international collection of tropical research data. 

The launch of the Tropical Data Hub was a result of the hard work from the teams at JCU, QCIF and ANDS, and was a great opportunity to showcase the value of outcomes from collaboration. 

ANDS Executive Director, Dr Ross Wilkinson said, “The Tropical Data Hub demonstrates how making rich data resources available to all enables new research to be done, with new partners.”

For more information visit the ANDS website.

AeRO airborne

About 55 heads of agencies and senior representatives of eResearch agencies attended the second forum of Australian eResearch Organisations (AeRO) in Melbourne on 18 June. The forum pursued the top priorities identified in the first forum, and subsequently ranked in a targeted survey. 

Discussion focused on the two leading issues:

  • developing catalogues of eResearch tools and services, and so expanding work to date by eg CAUDIT and ANDS; and 
  • providing help-desk services to support researchers across all eResearch services

Presentations were made by representatives of CAUDIT, AARnet, ANDS, the University of Melbourne, AeRIC, AeRO and the AAF

The forum established two working committees to plan and action the next steps in both areas. 

The next full AeRO forum will be convened in Sydney immediately preceding the eResearch Australasia conference on 27 October 2012. For more see http://aero.edu.au/junenationalforum

Intersect consortium selects SGI for new HPC

The Intersect consortium has selected SGI to build NSW’s new high performance computing research infrastructure. The SGI 30+ Tflop distributed memory cluster will provide a greater than 25-fold increase of compute power and a 5-fold increase of disk capacity on the existing system.

The new research infrastructure is funded through the Australian Research Council’s Linkage Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities (LEIF) scheme. The LIEF grant, led by the University of Sydney’s Prof Leo Radom, is supplemented with investments from the University of Sydney, UNSW, UTS, Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle, the University of Wollongong, Southern Cross University and the University of New England. The combined value of the capital investment is greater than $1M. Intersect will provide the on-going hosting facilities, management and support of HPC systems on behalf of the consortium of NSW universities. A rigorous procurement process was led by the University of Sydney.

The SGI High Performance Cluster is expected to be commissioned later this year and will complement Intersect’s share in the new peak system to be commissioned in late 2012 at the National Computational Infrastructure National Facility.

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