March 2019 National eResearch Newsletter

Welcome to the March 2019 AeRO eResearch Newsletter

Message from the AeRO CEO

Remember that the Collaborative Conference on Computational and Data Intensive Science 2019 (C3DIS 2019) will be held the week of 6-10 May at the National Convention Centre, 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.

EarlyBird and Presenter Registrations close on Monday 8-Apr-19.


Sam Moskwa, AeRO CEO.

Data Management Plan – Survey Participation Request

Can researchers benefit by sharing their Data Management Plans?  Who else can benefit from wider exposure of some or all of the DMP content?  Are there risks involved and, if so, what are those risks and how might they be managed?


New Research Data Alliance project seeks to establish views and collect experiences from researchers, data stewards, data managers, service providers via a brief survey


Your participation in the study will contribute to a better understanding of what tools and/or tool suites will benefit those who aim to better preserve data and software.


For more information contact Kathryn Unsworth

NCRIS User Satisfaction Survey by 20-Mar

All valued partners and users of the ARDC are encouraged to participate in completing a short 1 – 3 minute survey to gather community feedback around their experience with NCRIS facilities, of which the ARDC is one.   Please complete before 20-Mar.


Feedback will then be provided to the Department of Education and Training for reporting purposes.



Humanities, Arts and Culture Summit 27-29 March.

Registrations are now open for the 2nd Australian Academy of the Humanities’ Humanities, Arts and Culture Data Summit and 3rd International DARIAH Beyond Europe workshop to be held on 27-29 March at the National Library of Australia, Canberra.  The Academy, the European Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities initiative (DARIAH) and the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC) are coordinating this Australian-European knowledge exchange.  The program discusses the challenges and opportunities for data-intensive research and presents a series of international exchange workshops addressing infrastructural challenges, geohumanities, film, media and gaming.  The event is open to all.


See the Academy’s website for program and speaker information, and to register at

Monthly Tech Talk 5 April.

The next monthly Tech Talk (virtually and at locations around Australia) will be held at 15:00-16:00 AEDT on Friday, 5-Apr-19.  The topic will be:  Research in the Cloud: Advanced Services.


AARNet and ARDC’s Nectar Research Cloud speakers will be discussing and demonstrating some of their advanced capabilities.


More information and how to rsvp (coming soon) can be seen at

Calling the Australian Carpentry Community!

The Australian Research Data Commons is seeking feedback on the adoption of Carpentries training (see throughout Australia to identify gaps and areas that may need support.  The Carpentries have been identified as a good model for teaching coding and data skills in research.


If you are interested in, or already are, offering Carpentry training at your institution, please get in touch:

Australasian Data Management Plans Interest Group Virtual Meeting 9-Apr.

The first meeting for 2019 will be held on Tue 9 Apr, from 14:00 – 15:00 AEST.


This group is a community of practice for those interested in discussing, building and improving data management plans (DMPs) – best practice and technical tools.

Online Farm Trials.

Online Farm Trials (OFT) is a collaborative research project between the Grains Research and Development Corporation and FedUni’s Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation.  OFT is digitally transforming the storage and accessibility of Australia’s grains industry trials research data.  OFT offers advanced spatial mapping and filtering systems of trials data, enabling agronomists, growers and other industry stakeholders to not only publish grains trails research, but to also search for trials information that may assist in decision-making processes.  OFT continues to develop technically, and has recently expanded its stakeholder base through increased organisational contributions and trial data.


The latest developments to OFT enhance user and contributor experiences of the site, see

Earth and Environment Science Information Partners Workshop, Canberra, 9-May.

The 3rd E2SIP workshop will be held at CSIRO Black Mountain (Canberra) in association with the C3DIS 2019 conference.  The Australian Earth and Environmental Science Information Partners (E2SIP) collaborates with the US-based ESIP Federation to share technologies, practices and knowledge, and build a community of practitioners primarily from the research and government sectors.  Breakouts will cover topics including drones, data management, and big data, and plenary sessions to set the scene and plan next steps.


The detailed program can be previewed at  If interested, please complete the form at Eventbrite ( or contact Simon Cox at

How do Your Physical Samples Fit into Today’s Digital Research Ecosystem?

This is an invitation to participate in a survey identifying needs for the digital management of physical samples and sample collections being conducted by the IGSN 2040 project ( as part of an Alfred P. Sloan Foundation grant.  It covers a wide range of physical samples produced by various disciplines, including Earth, environmental, life, material sciences, archaeology, and medical.  It seeks information on the development of services, tools, and documentation related to the management of samples and on the use of unique identifiers, such as IGSNs (


The survey should take about 15 minutes and is on:

Contact Sarah Ramdeen:

Computational Modelling to Improve Gas Masks.

Gas mask technology has existed for over a century yet the way they work has not changed very much.  RMIT’s Dr Ravichandar Babarao, in collaboration with CSIRO and Monash University, is using computational modelling at NCI to evaluate the use of new materials called Metal-Organic Frameworks (MOFs) in filters, making much needed upgrades possible.



An International Survey on Enabling FAIR Data in Open Science.

You are invited to participate in a survey about the increasingly open use of data in science, which emanates from research led by the American Geophysical Union and 30 partners, including the Coalition for Publishing Data in Earth and Space Sciences (COPDESS), Earth Science Information Partners (ESIP), Research Data Alliance, National Academy of Sciences, Nature, Science, Center for Open Science, NCI, AuScope and ARDC.  See


This survey is designed to enable journals and repositories to better advance open data in science.  Your participation is voluntary, and responses will anonymous.  It is estimated it will take 10-15 minutes to complete the survey at:

Australasian Leadership Computing Symposium Nov-2019.

The 2019 Australasian Leadership Computing Symposium, organised by NCI and Pawsey, is a high-profile event aiming to bring together their high performance computing and data science user communities – as well as engaging more broadly – around five prominent scientific disciplines in Australia:  climate and weather; astronomy; geoscience; materials science and genomics.


It will be held in Canberra from 6-8 November 2019.


More details to follow in the coming months.

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: Bioinformatics Engagement Officer, Enterprise Architect Manager, Research Data Management Program Manager, Digital Media and Technical Production Manager, Research Outputs & Impact Manager, Digital Capability Advisor, Data Science Project and Software Support (Astronomy), Data Governance and Policy Officer, Software Developer, Communications Networks Research Engineer, Research Systems Security Compliance Analyst, Multiple eResearch Analyst Positions, Fibre Construction Supervisor & Project Manager.


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