June 2012

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2012
  • ANDS newsletter—Issue 12 is out now!
  • 2012 NZ eResearch Symposium, University of Wellington, 4 July 2012
  • Job: Research Data Management Coordinator Monash University
  • RDSI Data Sharing (DaSh) Data Movement Mechanisms Survey
  • RDSI works with iVEC and partners to upgrade the national Data Fabric
  • RDSI has released Vendor Panel detailed information to contracted Nodes
  • iVEC Technical Operations Director
  • Project CATAMI
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2012 Update

Call for Participation (CFP) extended to 15 June

We invite practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines to participate in eResearch Australasia Conference 2012 will be held on 28 October to 2 November 2012 at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney.  For details on how to respond to the CFP please visit: http://conference.eresearch.edu.au/eres2012/participate/

Confirmed Featured Speakers

The conference theme is emPower eResearch. 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 will be presenting at the conference.  Other international experts have been invited and will be published once they are confirmed.

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

Looking at Sponsoring eResearch Australasia?

Please contact our friendly conference secretariat at conference@eresearch.edu.au or phone Samantha Hart on (02) 6281 6624 to discuss the best sponsorship or exhibition option for your organisation.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any ideas or queries regarding the conference.

I look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Viviani Paz, eResearch Australasia Programme Director

Invitation to meet others, build applications and host data in NeCTAR’s new research cloud

Target audience: developers and technically proficient researchers

The National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources project (NeCTAR) and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) invite you to attend one-day workshops in Perth (June 12) and Sydney (June 20) aimed at technically proficient eResearchers, software developers, and systems analysts, interested in building software services and data in NeCTAR’s national research cloud.

Imagine the future of research data and tools in the cloud… what we can achieve together? The aim of the days is to increase the skills of the technical and developer community and by doing so, increase the software services and data tools currently available in NeCTAR’s national research cloud. Please note future days are planned for Adelaide, Tasmania and Canberra. Please check NeCTAR’s website www.nectar.org.au or http://www.eventbrite.com/org/2319089783 for more details.

Perth: Tuesday, June 12, 2012, 9.30am, Centre for Learning Technology (CLT) at the University of Western Australia, 9 Fairway, Crawley, WA 6009, Australia.
Sydney: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at 9am, The Darlington Centre at Sydney University, 174 City Rd, Darlington, NSW 2008.

ANDS newsletter – Issue 12 is out now!

An electronic version (pdf) of the latest issue of share: the newsletter of the Australian National Data Service is now available from the ANDS website.

This issue’s theme is ‘Collecting our Research Data’ and includes feature articles on collecting and collections of research data, as well as a number of contributions from ANDS staff.

To be notified about our forthcoming newsletters, please use the ANDS newsletter RSS feed, subscribe to the ANDS General Google Group—email contact@ands.org.au or join the conversation on twitter: @andsdata

2012 NZ eResearch Symposium, University of Wellington, 4 July 2012,

The NZ HPC Applications Workshop is being held adjacent to the 2012 eResearch Symposium. The workshop is an event for New Zealand’s high-performance computing (HPC) community, bringing together industry practitioners and researchers. Everyone interested in developing, running or tuning applications to run on HPC is welcome to participate.

The day’s programme is being developed, however Prof. Dr. Thomas Schulthess, Director of the Swiss National Supercomputing Centre (CSCS) has accepted an invitation to provide a keynote. The rest of the day will include presentations from the New Zealand HPC community. A call for proposals is now open.

Further information is available at http://eresearch.org.nz/2012-hpc-apps-workshop

Seeking Research Data Management Coordinator Monash University

Monash University is seeking an innovative, energetic and collaborative Research Data Management Coordinator to provide leadership and expertise in research data management within the library, the University and the broader research data management community.

Applications close 11:55pm on Tuesday 12 June 2012

Location:                          Monash University (Clayton Campus, Victoria)

Employment Type:       Full-time three year fixed-term appointment

Remuneration:               $113,312 – $120,273 pa HEW Level 09 (includes 17% employer superannuation)

Contact:                            Ms Janette Burke, Director Resources – 03 9905-8681

For more details on the role and on how to apply, please refer to the job advertisement on the Monash Job site (http://jobs.monash.edu.au/jobDetails.asp?sJobIDs=502204)

Now Easier to Complete: RDSI Data Sharing (DaSh) Data Movement Mechanisms Survey

Changes have been made to the RDSI Data Sharing (DaSh) Data Movement Mechanisms Survey which make it easier to complete, with a simplified option for the Field of Research Classification. This short survey is designed to inform RDSI of the preferred data movement mechanisms that may be made available at Nodes through the DaSh programme.

Anonymous consolidated responses from the survey will be made available publically through the RDSI website. Please respond at your earliest convenience.

For more information on the DaSh programme please see http://www.rdsi.uq.edu.au/dash

Enquiries: office@rdsi.uq.edu.au

RDSI works with iVEC and partners to upgrade the national Data Fabric

The national Data Fabric was developed by the former Australian Research Collaboration Service (ARCS).  It is a federated storage infrastructure that integrates a number of heterogeneous storage systems across Australia.  These systems are currently being hosted by Australian eResearch service providers including iVEC, QCIF, Intersect, TPAC and CSIRO.

As a tool, the ARCS Data Fabric provides a number of crucial research interfaces including WebDAV, SFTP, gridFTP, OPeNDAP (via a plugin to THREDDS) and is underpinned by the Integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS) middleware.  iRODS is a powerful middleware layer as it ensure that researchers have full control over the access to their data and can define levels of authorisation.  However the ARCS programme ended on June 30th 2011, and correspondingly to remain fit for purpose, the national Data Fabric now requires upgrading.

The Research Data Storage Infrastructure Project (RDSI), based at the University of Queensland is funding iVEC and partners (QCIF, Intersect, TPAC and eRSA) to replace the Data Fabric architecture with upgraded software to create a new RDSI Data Fabric that includes:

  • The significantly improved iRODS Version 3.1 and
  • Developed iRODS interfaces to ensure full compatibility with Jargon Version 3 and iRODS Version 3

Enquiries: office@rdsi.uq.edu.au

Vendor Panel Information Released to Nodes

Vendor Panel Information Released to Nodes

RDSI has released detailed information regarding the Vendor Panel to contracted Nodes. This information includes:

  • RDSI’s commercial perspective summary assessing four selection criteria responses for each vendor
  • Model contract samples for each vendor including a brief summary of the high level differences
  • Vendor offer comparison undertaken by CAUDIT
  • Complete Vendor responses to the CAUDIT/RDSI VePa RFP

CAUDIT members will be advised by CAUDIT when the information will be available to them.

Enquiries: vepa@rdsi.uq.edu.au

For further information on the Vendor Panel please see www.rdsi.uq.edu.au/vepa

iVEC Technical Operations Director

iVEC is seeking a Technical Operations Director to develop and deliver a world-class supercomputing provision in Western Australia.

Over the next five years iVEC will continue to provide world class supercomputing and eResearch services, promoting scientific and technological innovation.  Presently iVEC hosts an 87 TFLOPS cluster and a 60 TFLOPS GPU cluster with dual rail infiniband.  However iVEC is also developing the Pawsey Centre (completion expected early 2013) to increase the iVEC compute capacity to the PFLOPS scale.  25% of the computing resources of the Pawsey Centre, part of the successful Australian and New Zealand bid to host the Square Kilometre Array, are dedicated to radio-astronomy data processing.

In order to deliver a first-class service, iVEC is pleased to offer an opportunity for a skilled, motivated and experienced individual to lead their technical operations team and deliver this world-class supercomputing service.

For post details please visit:


Project CATAMI

iVEC@Curtin is pleased to announce that the NeCTAR* funded Project CATAMI which will develop tools to provide a novel approach to the cataloging, annotation, classification and analysis of marine imagery is now underway.   Specifically this project will streamline current processes that transform raw underwater visual imagery into meaningful quantitative information for the effective management of Australia’s marine environment.

You can follow project CATAMI via our blog http://catami-australia.blogspot.com.au/

or twitter http://twitter.com/eresearchativec#CATAMI.

Correspondingly, iVEC@Curtin requires two Senior Software Engineers (Marine Science) as part of a small team to develop these web applications.  As the Senior Software Engineer you will be responsible for developing various technical solutions to integrate marine data sets from State, Federal and research organisations. You will also develop automated image analysis systems for species / habitat classification and web applications for marine imagery visualisation.

For more information this these posts, please visit:


Or contact:  Luke Edwards luke@ivec.org

or Jenni Harrison jenni@ivec.org

*NeCTAR is an Australian Government project and Super Science initiative financed by the Education Investment Fund.   www.nectar.org.au

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