May 2012

In this issue:

  • eResearch Australasia 2012 Update
  • RDSI/CAUDIT Vendor Panel Selection Update
  • RDSI Data Fabric
  • RDSI Data Movement Mechanisms Survey
  • AARNet secures international research connectivity for the next decade
  • Book Now – AAF Federating Services Workshop, Melbourne
  • NZ eResearch Symposium 2012 – Victoria University, Wellington
  • ANDS tackles ethics and data sharing
  • VeRSI’s latest eNewsletter is now online
  • About this newsletter

eResearch Australasia 2012 Update

Call for Participation (CFP) is Open

We invite practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines to participate in eResearch Australasia Conference 2012 will be held on 28 October to 1 November 2012 at the SMC Conference and Function Centre, Sydney.  For details on how to respond to the CFP please visit:

Confirmed Featured Speakers

The conference theme is emPower eResearch. Dr Clifford Jacobs, National Science Foundation (NSF), Professor Anne Trefethen, Director Oxford eResearch Centre 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 will be published once they are confirmed.


I look forward to your CFP submission and to seeing you at the conference!

Viviani Paz, eResearch Australasia Programme Director

RDSI/CAUDIT Vendor Panel Selection Update

We are pleased to announce that at this stage the following vendors have been placed on the CAUDIT/RDSI Vendor Panel:

ASI Solutions, Cisco through Dimension Data and Frame Group partners, DataDirectNetworks, Dell, EMC Australia, Frontline, Hitachi Data Systems, Intersect, NetApp, Safewell, SGI, XOStor,

Discussions with other vendors are under way and we anticipate that additional vendors will be placed on the Vendor Panel subject to satisfactory proposal clarifications. Additional information about the Vendor Panel is available at the RDSI VePa website.

Viviani Paz, RDSI Project Manager

RDSI Data Fabric

RDSI intends to establish an RDSI Data Fabric by Q4 2012 implemented by a number of RDSI nodes as part of the RDSI technical architecture.  It is intended that this will provide:

  • Continuity of data fabric style storage
  • A storage interface consistent with the existing ARCS Data Fabric
  • A simple way to transition data from the ARCS Data Fabric to the RDSI Data Fabric in as transparent a manner as possible

 The RDSI team are working closely with iVEC, who currently support the ARCS Data Fabric, to ensure a smooth transition to the RDSI Data Fabric.

Nick Tate, Project Director, RDSI

RDSI Data Sharing (DaSh) Data Movement Mechanisms Survey

Which technical needs for data are highest priorities?

We want to make sure you can get your data into and out of RDSI Nodes. By completing the survey you will ensure your needs are counted when the RDSI DaSh programme and Nodes implement a specific set of data movement mechanisms. The survey is designed to inform RDSI of the preferred data movement mechanisms that may be made available at Nodes through the DaSh programme. Consolidated responses from the survey will be made available publically through the RDSI website, so as to inform the community of any discipline preferences, and guide RDSI in determining which data movement mechanisms to provide through the DaSh programme.    RDSI Data Sharing (DaSh) Data Movement Mechanisms Survey

AARNet secures international research connectivity for the next decade

If you’re active in big data collaboration between Australia and overseas, you’ll have used AARNet’s “SXTransPORT” links; dual 10-gigabit links to the US that exclusively carry research traffic between our domestic network and the world. They are, quite simply, what makes world-class networked research possible in Australia.

These links have been in place since 2003; at the time, they were so big no-one could imagine filling them. Unsurprisingly, they have filled up over the years anyway.

Because of their immense importance for research, we absolutely needed to find a way to increase the capacity of these links. After some sharp negotiating, and to our immense delight, we were able to extend the SXTransPORT partnership with Southern Cross Cable Networks (SCCN). The renewed partnership will see SCCN deliver dual 40Gbps circuits later this year and upgrades to dual 100Gbps by 2016. We are confident this will secure the potential for Australian scientists to compete on equal terms on the worldwide digital playing field for years to come, and we hope you, too, will find remarkable novel uses for this new capacity. If you do, please let us know!

Book Now – AAF Federating Services Workshop, Melbourne

Do you have a service you want to register, need to install Shibboleth or find out information about users accessing your service/s? If so, find out how easy it is by attending the next Federating Services workshop to be held at VeRSI (Level 4, Thomas Cherry Building) in Melbourne on Thursday 24 May 2012 (see flyer).

Developers will benefit from attending this one-day workshop which focuses on how we authorise individuals and groups to access services and the tools to support policy decisions.

For more information and the workshop outline, go to:   To register for the workshop, email  Registrations close: Monday 21 May. 

NZ eResearch Symposium 2012

The 3rd New Zealand eResearch Symposium will be held at Victoria University of Wellington, on Wednesday 4th – Friday 6th July, 2012.

Registration Information: Registration for the NZ eResearch Symposium 2012 will open on Monday 14 May 2012.  Please check the symposium website for further details regarding registration fees.

Keynote Speakers: The following keynote speakers have been confirmed, please visit the website for further information on each speaker:

  • Dr Cameron Neylon
  • Sayeed Choudhury

Sponsorship: There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available.  Please contact the conference organisers if you are interested in sponsoring the Symposium.

Important Dates:

14 May 2012     Early Bird registration opens

8 June 1012      Early Bird registration closes

If you would like more information on any aspect of this symposium, please contact the Conference Organiser.

Conference organisers of NZ eResearch Symposium:

Paardekooper and Associates

phone: +64 4 562 8259     email:     www:

twitter: You can also follow our discussions: #nzes

ANDS tackles ethics and data sharing

Ethics is seen as a barrier to data sharing for a variety of reasons.  One reason is that researchers are unsure about how to handle data that contains personal details, in such a way that it can later be shared.  In response to this, ANDS has developed a Ethics, Consent and Data Sharing guide, which sets out a series of steps that researchers can follow.

ANDS’ Senior Data Policy Advisor, Margaret Henty, presented an Ethics themed webinar, on 19 April 2012. This webinar was designed to set out practical solutions for those who want to share their data and to provide strategies to make it possible. The topic proved to be of interest to a wide range of people, with over 30 people attending from 23 institutions, including attendees from the University of Canterbury and Massey University in New Zealand.

For more information on data sharing and ethics, visit

VeRSI’s latest eNewsletter is now online

This issue focuses on collaboration, with articles on the importance and potential of research collaboration tools, and the value of collaboration in software development, among others. It also includes news of the launch of the NeCTAR research cloud and the HUNI Virtual Laboratory – a cross-disciplinary online research environment for the humanities.


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