December 2018 national eResearch newsletter

Welcome to the December AeRO eResearch Newsletter

Message from the AeRO CEO

AeRO would like to thank you all for making 2019 a great year for eResearch.

It was your involvement and effort that enabled AeRO to deliver fantastic, growing events in C3DIS, eResearch Australasia, and the AeRO Forum. We expanded our outreach activities, launched the AeRO Scholarship fund, and are working towards an eResearch Champions program to support the fantastic volunteers who participate in Hacky Hours, Data Clinics, and other lunchtime drop-in activities.

All of that is dependent on the people – eResearch practitioners and beyond – who make it such a joy to be part of this community.

Enjoy the holidays and I can’t wait to see you all again next year

Sam Moskwa, AeRO CEO.

IDAM Identity and Access Management Forum Mar 2019


CAUDIT and the AAF are holding a forum in March 2019 aiming to clarify Identity and Access Management within Australian Higher Education organisations. If there is sufficient interest in this topic, a Special Interest Group (SIG) or CAUDIT IDAM Community of Practice will be formed.


Please complete the survey at to assist us in gathering information about existing Identity and Access Management infrastructure and future development plans within the university sector.


Subscribe to the mailing list to receive updates on the 2019 IDAM forum at

 IDCC Early Bird Registrations Still Open – International Digital Curation Conference, Melbourne: Feb 2019


IDCC is coming to Australia for the first time on 4-7 February 2019. Come and join the international Digital Curation Centre (DCC) community.


Register as a DCC Associate (at no cost) and get access to discounted Early Bird/Associate registration rates if you register for the conference before 7 January 2019.


Check out the comprehensive program of invited speakers, papers, demos and workshops, plus some great social events planned to enjoy the summer nights in Melbourne. If you have limited time availability, you can attend workshops without attending the conference and there are also one day registration options for the conference.


More information:

 CDL-Dryad Accelerating Data Publication: New Models for Research Institutions


You are invited to a workshop (8-Feb-19 at Monash) to explore building a globally-accessible, transparent, and low-cost data publishing and curation service, and also provide an opportunity to find out how your institution can take advantage of the new CDL-Dryad partnership. The workshop is jointly convened by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), the California Digital Library (CDL), and Dryad.


With funding from an IMLS National Infrastructure grant, the Melbourne workshop is one of a series of facilitated discussions by CDL on institutional values, needs, and potential community-based business models that meet collective goals, support researchers, and create a sustainable, attractive new Dryad service offering.


To register:

 GSKY NCI’s GSKY Data Service Updated for Web Coverage Service

he GSKY data service has been updated to provide a Web Coverage Service (WCS) in addition to the existing Web Map Service (WMS) currently available. GSKY currently serves satellite remote sensing data such as Landsat 5, 7, 8 products from Digital Earth Australia (DEA), with Sentinel 2 data products to be available in early 2019. The Landsat data sets published on GSKY are updated fortnightly.

More information here:

 UNSW-QUT AeRO Membership Continues to Grow


AeRO is delighted to welcome its latest institutional members UNSW Research and Technology Services, and QUT Division of Research and Commercialisation. Both organisations noted the opportunity for increased collaboration opportunities as one of the key factors for becoming an AeRO member.


You can read the official announcements at and


To learn more about how your organisation can leverage the benefits of AeRO membership, email or visit

 BioRDC Australian Environmental Microbiome Research Data Cloud Project Now Complete


Commencing early in 2018, this project’s aim was to make existing large and complex continental scale environmental metagenomics data more accessible to researchers through the establishment of a cloud-based data analysis system. This important research infrastructure is now fully operational. Researchers may now access and also analyse and interpret the data on the cloud. These capabilities are live on both the Bioplatforms Data Portal and Galaxy Australia.


This project was funded by ARDC, with collaborators at UQ’s Research Computing Centre, Melbourne Bioinformatics (Vic), CSIRO (Tas), Atlas of Living Australia (ACT) and the Centre for Comparative Genomics (WA).


Learn about these new functions at


And training materials at

 HETI Health Education & Training Resources


Demand for and eHealth capable workforce is highlighting the need for eHealth education and training. NSW Health and the University of Sydney have collaborated to develop learning resources as a component of a comprehensive Digital Health Curriculum for NSW Health.


Find out more about this project in the article “Curriculum Resource Co-design and Development for a Digital Health Workforce and Digital Health Ready Graduates” by McGregor et al, published in December issue of Health Education in Practice: Journal of Research for Professional Learning (see

 Tinker Tinker HASS Online Environment


Tinker ( is an online environment designed for the discovery and exploration of digital methods, tools, data, and training for researchers in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS).


It represents a national approach towards digital HASS skills and training in Australia.


The Tinker environment will provide direct access to a range of advanced tools and research data repositories, improving the capacity of HASS researchers to engage with digital tools and methods. The project team is currently seeking feedback from the HASS community.


Please contact Greg D’Arcy ( if you have direct feedback on the website, or would like to be involved in planned user testing scheduled for early 2019.

 C3DIS C3DIS Save the Date: May 2019


Next year the Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data-Intensive Science will be headed to Canberra!


C3DIS aims to build a national community of practice of scientists, researchers, and computing, data and information management specialists from publicly funded Australian research organisations. All of these professionals share a common interest: the production of breakthrough science outcomes that require large scale, complex computations and analyses to be carried out over massive data sets.


The new website will go live at in late January with the call for participation, pricing, and some exciting new program inclusions.


When: 6th – 10th May, 2019
Where: National Convention Centre, Canberra

 CAUDIT Enabling E-Research in Universities


The new CAUDIT-Ovum partnership is already bearing fruit with Ovum releasing a paper on ‘Enabling E-Research in Universities’ to all CAUDIT members. Staff at CAUDIT member institutions can log in to access this via CAUDIT’s resource repository – The paper has also been made available to members of CAUDIT’s ‘Research Support’ Community of Practice.


Ovum has generously also approved release of this to AeRO members – Contact your AeRO member representative for a copy.


Ovum has also provided an academic paper on managing the cross-institutional nature of research – ‘Adapting Enterprise Architecture for eScience’. Parts III & IV of the paper are of specific relevance.

 eRA2019 eResearch Australasia Save the Date: Oct 2019


The conference for everyone who cares about how researchers collaborate, collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, understand, or re-use information


When: 21st – 25th October 2019
Where: Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre


Join the mailing list at to get updates on the conference as planning proceeds.

Jobs  AeRO Jobs Board

Don’t forget that AeRO is helping spread the word on the latest eResearch job opportunities.  We post jobs immediately to and also update on our website at

This is a free service for the eResearch community – to advertise a position, simply email

Current vacancies include: a Project Manager, a Research Repository Specialist, a Technical Support position, a Data Manager, a Digital Curation Manager, a Digital Library Initiative Coordinator, a Research Data Management Lead, a Research Biostatistician, a Data and Visualisation Scientist, a Digital Preservation Technical Analyst, a Content Procurement Manager, a Cloud Services Developer, a DevOps Engineer, multiple eResearch Analyst and Research ICT positions.


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