July 2017 National eResearch newsletter
Welcome to the July AeRO eResearch Newsletter
From the AeRO CEO
More interesting times ahead! Preparations for the eResearch Australasia conference continue apace. We’ve now confirmed the keynote speakers, with their details starting to appear at https://conference.eresearch.edu.au/featured-speakers/ and the program committee is working hard on reviewing the large number of submissions.
At the same time, AeRO is working closely with RDS, Nectar and ANDS on engaging the wider community to collect and develop input for our future eResearch infrastructure. We’re planning a workshop or two probably early September to kick things off. Keep an eye on the newsletter, twitter feed, website and your email!
Dr Markus Buchhorn, AeRO CEO.
|Increasing the Value of Your Data: Lessons Learned from Sharing Collections
The Federation for the Advancement of Victorian eResearch (FAVeR) and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS) have teamed up to host an event on making research data collections more valuable and reusable, on Friday 21 July, at La Trobe City Campus, Melbourne.
Participants will hear lessons learned from recent projects, examples of successful approaches and the benefits of sharing research data. The event is aimed at staff working on research data in libraries, eResearch, IT, research groups, research institutes and government organisations.
More details and register: https://datavalue.eventbrite.com.au
|Digital Humanities Pathways Forum
Due to the success of the Adelaide Digital Humanities Pathways Forum, the series will also be presented in Brisbane (21-Jul) and Canberra (4-Aug)!
This series showcases the local and national digital projects, tools and services available to you in your state. Be inspired by our exemplars showcase and find out how digital technologies are being applied by humanities, arts and social science (HASS) researchers to accelerate and enable their research.
Join the discussion around current digital collaboration trends, the value of digital research, and explore future possibilities for Digital Humanities in Australia.
|HPC Advisory Council, Perth: 31 July-1 August 2017
The HPC Advisory Council invite you to join fellow experts and conference host, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, for our first collaboration in Australia to reveal and revel in the major advancements and contributions occurring throughout the mainland, across the planet and beyond.
Register today for two days of invited keynote, expert and sponsor-led talks.
Explore an array of topics, discoveries and possibilities, in High Performance Computing (HPC), Research & Development (R&D), Data Sciences and more.
The conference is free of charge but attendees must register to join, at https://www.pawsey.org.au/perth-hpc-advisory-council-conference/.
|Spectrum Scale User Group, Perth: 3-4 August 2017
The third Spectrum Scale User Group Australia will feature a number of Spectrum Scale experts presenting on a wide variety of topics on Spectrum Scale focussing on the Data Analytics and Machine Learning on Spectrum Scale themes.
Attendees will hear the latest Spectrum Scale updates from filesystem and networking experts, as well as hearing from other users and technical experts on their experiences and uses of Spectrum Scale for Data Analytics and Machine Learning/Machine intelligence products and their use.
Please register here for your attendance: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/spectrum-scale-user-group-perth-australia-gpfsugaus-august-2017-tickets-35227460282.
|ON Prime Now Open!
“ON” is Australia’s national science and technology accelerator, powered by CSIRO. ON is passionate about unlocking the innovations that shape our future; the pre-accelerator stream prepares research teams ready for market validation to test and develop their research, identify and see outcomes, learn new skills and bring profile to their work.
Applications for ON Prime3, ON Prime: Defence, ON Prime: Cyber, and ON Prime: Northern Australia close on Friday 28 July 2017 at 8PM (AEST).
Teams can be made up of partners from universities, research institutes, industry and government.
Further details, head to http://oninnovation.com.au/en/Programs/ON-Prime
|Tech Talk August: Geospatial
iThe next distributed ANDS Tech Talk will be held on Fri, 4 August, 15:00 to 17:00 (AEST), with attendees present at one of 9 hub venues around the country and online (details below).
Details of this month’s topic and speakers TBA.
Please indicate which venue you will be attending in the registration form.
For more and latest information about this Monthly Tech Talk event, please visit the event page at the MeetUp: https://www.meetup.com/en-AU/monthlytechtalk/.
|Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference
The Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University is inviting abstract submissions from researchers interested in the intersection of law, religion, culture and diversity to present at the Faith-Based Governance & Dispute Resolution Conference, from 5-6 December in Melbourne. The Call for Papers and further information about the Conference can be found at: http://www.faithandgovernance.com.au/call-for-papers/.
Abstracts are due 21 August 2017 (max. 160 words) via email to firstname.lastname@example.org
|New Zealand Radio-Astronomy’s Long White Cloud Correlator
Radio Astronomy research creates huge amounts of data – and that created a significant challenge for Auckland University of Technology’s Institute for Radio Astronomy and Space Research (ISASR).
The solution, the Long White Cloud Correlator (LWCC), uses a dedicated high-speed REANNZ link to transfer data from the ISASR’s Warkworth radio-telescope base, to Catalyst’s data centres around the country – then back again once analysed.
This cloud storage gives AUT extreme flexibility and cost-effectiveness in building and tearing down a correlator environment quickly, easily and cheaply.
The full case study can be seen at https://reannz.co.nz/case-studies/aut-and-catalyst-collaboration/.
|The University of Sheffield, UK, Launches ORDA to Manage Research Outputs
The University of Sheffield has announced the outcome of a joint venture with Figshare. Together they have delivered an integrated hub for managing and sharing research data, named ORDA (Online Research Data https://orda.shef.ac.uk/).
By creating a public portal and assigning digital object identifiers (DOIs), Figshare makes an organisation’s research products searchable, discoverable, and citable, and their impact and attention is captured through statistical reporting and altmetrics.
This solution enables researchers to enable open access to data while providing a secure, long-term space for a wide range of content.
|EcoEd Training for First-rate Science Education
The Atlas of Living Australia (ALA), Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) and Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN) have joined forces to deliver an exciting and innovative new training program called EcoEd. EcoEd provides cohesive training and skill development to university lecturers and researchers enabling them to combine theoretical concepts with real-world applications developed by three NCRIS facilities (ALA, BCCVL and TERN) into undergraduate and postgraduate curriculum.
For more information, see http://www.bccvl.org.au/ecoed-training-for-first-rate-science-education/.
|Research Libraries & Digital Humanities Tools
RLUK (Research Libraries UK) has published a report on the role of Research Libraries in the creation, archiving, curation, and preservation of tools for the Digital Humanities.
It is widely accepted that research libraries play an important role in facilitating academic research and teaching. However, given the technological advances of the last few decades, this role has been continuously transforming.
Accordingly, RLUK launched the ‘Research Libraries and Digital Humanities Tools’ project to explore the role that libraries play in Digital Humanities research, culminating in this Report.
|Taking the Australian-made GVL to Europe
Simon Gladman has just arrived back at the EMBL-ABR: Melbourne Bioinformatics Node after eight weeks delivering training across Europe, all while optimising the Nectar-funded Genomics Virtual Laboratory (GVL) for its international users and forming new collaborations.
This latest blog (https://www.melbournebioinformatics.org.au/projects-blog/uk-tour-2017-blog2/) wraps up his last month’s highlights including bioinformatics training for University of Cambridge genetics researchers, genome assembly and Galaxy Administration workshops in Montpellier, France and working with GVL enthusiasts at the Cloud Infrastructure for Microbial Bioinformatics project (http://www.climb.ac.uk/) and the Sanger Institute (http://www.sanger.ac.uk/), to improve the GVL for everyone.
|NCI’s Raijin Named Australia’s Fastest Supercomputer
NCI Australia’s Raijin supercomputer has been ranked as Australia’s fastest in the Top500 list released at the International Supercomputing Conference 2017. Raijin supercomputer comes in at world number 70 with a measured performance of 1.67 Petaflops.
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