March 2012

In this issue:

  • 2012 Federating extreme Services workshops
  • Seminar: IPA New Functionality 2012
  • Petascale Computational Geoscience Symposium
  • National Forum for Australian eResearch Service Providers
  • share: Issue 11 – February 2012
  • eResearch Australasia 2012 – confirmed  Keynotes
  • About this newsletter

2012 Federating extreme Services workshops

Maybe you’re thinking about federating a service or just interested in finding out how easy it is to connect services to the AAF. We will be running a number of specially designed ‘Federating extreme Services’ workshops this year. The first will be run in Brisbane on 26 March.
This one-day workshop is designed for developers bringing services into the Federation and will provide useful content for new developers and those who may have previously worked with federation services.
Register your interest for future workshops and we’ll let you know when one will be held in your state. Please email (include your city of preference). For more details about the workshop, go to:

Seminar: IPA New Functionality 2012

10:00-11:00am Friday 2 March 2012 

Ingenuity Pathway Analysis (IPA)® is a web-based software package for analysis, interpretation and understanding of complex biological data. Analyse your genomic, proteomic or metabolic data by accessing the IPA knowledgebase of millions of annotated molecular relationships between proteins, genes, complexes, cells, tissues, metabolites, drugs, and diseases. IPA has been broadly adopted by the life science research community and cited in thousands of peer-reviewed journal articles. 

– Transcription factor targets miRNA targets
– Directionality of regulation RNAseq data
– NGS variant analysis iReport

  • Workshop 1: Introduction to IPA & Basic Skills Training 11:00-12.00pm
  • Workshop 2: Advanced User Training 13:00 onwards

Workshops will be hands-on and hosted by IPA specialists Paul Lacaze and Mike Yarski. Users must bring their laptops with WiFi connection enabled and are encouraged to bring their own data for interactive analysis.  

Further information can be found at:

Petascale Computational Geoscience Symposium

Please join us May 13-16, 2012 in Mandurah (south of Perth), at the Sebel Mandurah for the Petascale Computational Geoscience Symposium.

Modern supercomputing facilities now operate on massive datasets in increasingly sophisticated ways, heralding a new age for earth science and providing significant new opportunities for research that was previously impossible.

Recently, Australia has made huge investments in high performance petascale facilities capable of more than 1015 floating point operations per second in Perth and Canberra. To fully exploit the power of these facilities, we must make commensurate advancements in modelling and data analysis algorithms.

This symposium aims to bring researchers together from around the world  to join Australian scientists and groups deploying petascale systems to exchange ideas about maximising the incredible untapped potential of these new facilities in the earth sciences.

For more information please see follow the link:

National Forum for Australian eResearch Service Providers

A forum of Australasian eResearch providers has been held in Sydney aimed at developing a collaborative program to strengthen eResearch and address issues facing the sector nationally.

Significant national interest was demonstrated when representatives of approximately 60 organisations met to consider a framework for improved co-operation and to prioritise a work program. Those in attendance included NCRIS and EIF Super Science funded organisations, state-based eResearch service providers, University eResearch Directors, representatives of CAUL and CAUDIT, and Federal science agencies.

The seven state-based eResearch service providers, who have been working in close collaboration for some time, organised the forum to engage more broadly with other organisations with an interest in providing eResearch services to university researchers. The group of seven has recently signed an MOU agreeing to cooperate on a number of aspects around the provision of eResearch services nationally.

Among other topics the informal forum discussed strategies for improving adoption of eResearch platforms and services. The forum identified a number of key areas on which to concentrate immediate efforts, including skills development and sustainable business models.

Slides from the forum are now available here. If you are interested in participating then you can contact the group via

share: Issue 11 – February 2012

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 at:

Issue 11 is the fourth and final, in a series of special editions focusing on the four transformations, which ANDS is seeking to achieve – unmanaged to managed, disconnected to connected, invisible to findable and single use to reusable. This issue’s theme is Reuse and includes four feature articles on reusing research data as well as a number of contributions from ANDS staff:

•          Chair’s report

•          Executive Director’s report

•          Feature articles:

  • Many routes to opening up data
  • Resetting the gauge for more efficient data exchange
  • Show me the data: citing information increases science impact
  • From controversy to classic: revealing literary undercurrents

•          Conference reports

•          ANDS out and About – report on completed ANDS-funded projects

•          NeAT project report

•          Meet the ANDS staff – Jeff Christiansen and Andrew White

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eResearch Australasia 2012 – confirmed Keynotes

Pencil in your calendars the eResearch Australasia Conference 2012 will be held on 28 October to 1 November 2012 at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney

The conference theme is emPower eResearch and I am pleased to announce that Professor Anne Trefethen, Director Oxford eResearch Center and Rudolf Dimper, Head of the European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) Computing Services Division (CSD) will be presenting at the conference.  Other international experts have been invited and I’ll publish their names once they are confirmed.

Further information about the call for presentations, workshops and BoFs will be published once available.


I look forward to seeing you at the conference!

Viviani Paz, eResearch Australasia Programme Director 

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