January 2018 National eResearch Newsletter

Welcome to the January AeRO eResearch Newsletter

From the AeRO CEO

In early 2018 AeRO is conducting a survey of the Australasian eResearch workforce, and is currently seeking input to define the purpose, scope, and questions to be asked – see https://goo.gl/wmJ8jb.

The purpose of this survey is to identify the number and FTE of people currently working in the ‘eResearch’ space in Australasia, the nature of work undertaken, the types of skills they possess and those needed in the future, and in general to help to define this community.

If possible we would like to receive feedback by Friday 19th January so that it can be turned into an online survey and shared with the community in February

Mr Sam Moskwa, AeRO CEO.

resbaz Perth Research Bazaar ResBaz 23-Jan-18

The University of Western Australia, Murdoch University, Curtin University, and Edith Cowan University in conjunction with Advancing Western Australian Education, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre, and the Forrest Research Foundation are proud to present the 2018 Research Bazaar. The aim of the event is to equip researchers from all career stages and disciplines with the digital skills and tools required to do their research better, faster and smarter.
UWA is hosting the 2018 Research Bazaar to be held from 23rd- 25th January at the Business School. Registrations are now open, and more information is available at https://resbaz.github.io/resbaz2018/perth/.


acsw Program Available for ACSW-2018 30-Jan-18

The preliminary program for Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW 2018) is now available at: http://acsw.org.au.

The University of Queensland’s Research Computing Centre will host ACSW 2018 on UQ’s St Lucia, Brisbane campus from 30 January to 2 February.

More information at https://cc.uq.edu.au/event/1667/rcc-host-australasian-computer-science-week-2018.

uq UQ to Host Second ‘Third Spacer’ Lunch 7-Feb-18

The University of Queensland’s Research Computing Centre will host its second “Third Spacer Lunch” on Wednesday, 7 February.

Third Spacers are those with university academic and professional hybrid roles.

All those who identify as Third Spacers are welcome to attend the lunch at St Lucy’s Café, 12pm, on UQ’s St Lucia campus. More information at https://rcc.uq.edu.au/event/1757/third-spacer-lunch.

adacs Sky Mining 2018 (formerly 2017) 16-Feb-18

Sky Mining hackathon (Hackastron) is happening in Perth on 16-18 February 2018!

This event is a unique opportunity to explore astronomy data and solve problems directly from astronomers across Australia. Teams will also have the opportunity to win a grand prize of $2,000 provided they successfully come up with the best solution to one of the challenges.

This event is free and food and refreshments will be provided throughout the weekend.

To be a part of this exciting event, please register at: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/hackastron-sky-mining-2018-tickets-37934847149

For more information and to see the challenges, see: https://adacs.org.au/index.php/sky-mining-hackathon/.

linked Linked Data WG Asks for Comments on Integrated Ontology Project

The Australian Government Linked Data Working Group (WG), a community of practice focussed on Linked Data and Semantic Web issues, is interested in creating an integrated set of ontologies allowing disparately published government data to be interoperable. The proposed project, called Australian Government Integrated Set of Ontologies (AGISO), will be relevant to users of government data also.

The WG asks any eResearchers interested in data/metadata semantics and government data to make their interests known to the WG so they can potentially be catered for.

See http://linked.data.gov.au.

raijin NCI Welcomes $70m Investment in HPC Capability

The Board of Australia’s National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), based at The Australian National University (ANU), welcomes the Australian Government’s announcement that it will invest $70 million to replace Australia’s highest performance research supercomputer, Raijin, which is rapidly nearing the end of its service life.

See https://nci.org.au/2017/12/18/nci-welcomes-70m-investment-hpc-capability/.

preparing Preparing Hospitals for Dangerously Hot Days

Mr James Goldie from the ARC Centre of Excellence for Climate System Science is researching the connections between heatwaves and hospital admissions using the NCI supercomputer. This research is looking ahead at a future where extreme heat is more common and more deadly, and trying to find ways for us to be better prepared to deal with the effects of heatwaves.

See https://nci.org.au/research/preparing-hospitals-dangerously-hot-days/.

new New Platforms for New Zealand eScience Infrastructure

As New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) prepares to launch new supercomputing resources this year, it closed 2017 by celebrating some major milestones in the refresh of its platforms. Working with Cray and its subcontractors, the NeSI/NIWA team installed and configured Kupe to welcome the first wave of users migrating off the outgoing systems. Kupe will provide supercomputer services over the next few months while space is renovated and upgraded for NeSI’s new systems, Mahuika and Maui.

To read the full project update, visit https://www.nesi.org.nz/news/2017/12/nesi-platforms-update-welcome-kupe-farewell-fitzroy.

 tango From Saying Hello to TANGO, to Our Twitter-Trending Pathways Forums, here’s Ersa’s 2017 in Review

2017 was a significant year of growth for eRSA. Our team was kept busy with plenty of projects, including National Pathways forums, a successful Cultures & Communities Project, the launch of our new integrated HPC and Cloud platform (TANGO), plus plenty more!

We’ve put together an infographic summarising the highlights and achievements of 2017 which can be viewed here: https://www.ersa.edu.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/2017-Year-in-Review-V1.png.

The team at eRSA is looking forward to contributing to the wider eResearch community again in 2018 and beyond.


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