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Dr Phil Gurney announced as QCIF's new CEO

Dr Phil GurneyDr Phil Gurney will become QCIF’s new CEO as of Tuesday, 2 May.
 Phil (pictured) succeeds Rob Cook, who announced last year that he intended to step down after seven years as QCIF’s CEO. 

Phil brings a strong track record in research management, innovation and commercialisation of new technologies to QCIF. His career spans a broad range of sectors including e-health, manufacturing, biomedical, telecoms, IT, defence and consultancy, with the common theme being identifying and obtaining the best commercial outcomes from R&D projects, and managing research teams to succeed in the broader competitive industry environment.

Until his QCIF appointment, Phil led Brown Coal Innovation Australia (BCIA), a national body funding research and skills activities for low-emission uses of Australia’s brown coal, as CEO and Director for six years. 

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Welcoming your feedback: QCIF’s customer survey 2017

QCIF recently launched its 2017 customer survey, providing users with the opportunity to give feedback to help improve existing services and to inform the introduction of new services to meet researcher, research community, and member needs.
This year’s survey has been sent to more than 1,400 users of QCIF’s services — doubling the outreach of last year’s survey.
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Faster, wider access to the 1000 Genomes MirrorPopulation sites of the 1000 Genomes Project

As part of a program to make large reference data sets more widely available, QCIF recently exposed the complete 1000 Genomes data set to the Euramoo and FlashLite compute clusters.
In the final phase of the seven-year 1000 Genomes Project the genomes of 2,504 people across five continental regions were sequenced. This has provided a global reference and comprehensive resource on human genetic variation. The data sets total about 260 TBs and consist of more than 250,000 publicly accessible files.

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Pre-packaged applications on the Nectar Research CloudNectar Application Catalogue

Nectar recently announced its Application Catalogue, releasing a number of new applications to all Research Cloud users through the Nectar dashboard.
Applications available include R-Studio for statistical computing and graphics, Drupal for content management, Bio-Linux 8 – a bioinformatics workstation platform, and Lime Survey for developing and administering surveys.

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Professor Stuart Crozier joins QCIF BoardProfessor Stuart Crozier

Professor Stuart Crozier has joined QCIF’s Board of Directors. He represents UQ and replaces Professor Anton Middelberg.
Professor Crozier (pictured) is the acting Pro Vice Chancellor (Research Infrastructure) at UQ, and is the University’s Director of Biomedical Engineering, Associate Dean (Research) at the Faculty of Engineering, Architecture & Information Technology, and Director of the MedTeQ Centre.

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USQ teams in CSIRO’s ON programDr Francis Gacenga

Five USQ teams, representing various research areas, have been selected to participate in CSIRO’s innovation accelerator "ON" program. 

ON is dedicated to unearthing amazing sci-tech research and steering it towards high potential innovative ventures.
One team, led by Dr Afshin Ghahramani, is building a mathematical model-based intelligent weed management system based around QCIF services and infrastructure. QCIF’s USQ-based eResearch Analyst Dr Francis Gacenga (pictured) is part of the team.
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BCCVL to showcase in EnglandLancaster University

England’s National Environment Research Council, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology and Lancaster University have invited Australia’s Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) to demonstrate its modelling platform to researchers and students this month.
BCCVL will showcase its platform at Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute on Wednesday, 12 April. 

QRIScloud and National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) provide cloud compute and data storage for BCCVL.

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Griffith to host Software Carpentry workshops over next two months

The people behind Griffith University's Hacky Hour are organising Software Carpentry workshops on Git and R on 12 April and 29–30 May, respectively, on the Nathan Campus.

These follow a Software Carpentry workshop on Python being held at Griffith's Gold Coast Campus on 10–11 April.
See the QRIScloud Training webpage for more information.

JCU hosts its first genomics-focused Data Carpentry workshop

JCU-based QCIF eResearch Analyst Dr Collin Storlie co-led a genomics-focused Data Carpentry workshop across Thursday and Friday, 6–7 April.
Ten people attended the event, led by Dr Storlie and Jay van Schyndel of JCU’s eResearch Centre. Attendees learnt to use key tools and remote compute resources for genomics analyses. 

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Participants of JCU's genomics-focused Data Carpentry workshop, with QCIF's Dr Collin Storlie far left. (Photo: Jay Van Schyndel.)

QFAB has three upcoming workshops — book now!

QFAB Bioinformatics has announced three new workshops for the second quarter of the year, to upskill researchers on Python and R. 

The workshops — all at UQ — include:
  • Introduction to R (Tuesday, 9 May)
  • Data Preparation, Processing and Reporting using R (Tuesday, 6 June)
  • Introduction to Python for researchers (Wednesday/Thursday, 28–29 June).
The three sessions follow the previously announced workshop on Tuesday, 11 April on 'Data Preparation, Processing and Reporting using R', hosted by QFAB at Griffith's South Bank Campus. 

See the QFAB website for more information about these workshops. Staff and students at QCIF member universities (i.e. UQ, Griffith, QUT, JCU, USQ, CQU and USC) receive discounted training rates.
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QFAB Bioinformatics: Dr Ingrid Baade

Dr Ingrid BaadeDr Ingrid Baade is one of the team of biostatisticians at QFAB Bioinformatics, the consulting branch of QCIF providing customised analytics solutions to life science and clinical researchers. She provides statistical advice and analysis for medical staff in the Metro South Health region and for staff at QCIF’s member universities.
Ingrid began statistical consulting more than 20 years ago while completing her PhD. She has worked on diverse projects including indigenous health outcomes, phyllodes tumours of the breast, single vehicle fatalities and cattle temperament.
Ingrid currently helps health researchers, such as students and junior doctors, with projects requiring statistical advice. She also assists senior researchers with grants to run clinical trials whom require specialised statistical analysis. 
The diversity of the projects and the broad range of statistical requirements keep Ingrid’s job interesting. She likes finding the story in the data. “It’s exciting to sit down with a client and their data and realise that if the data is tabulated a certain way, it is apparent there is something interesting there, that simply calculating means and doing tests isn’t going to show. On the other hand, I often need to weigh up which of several methods of analysis would be best for a complex data set. I appreciate having a solid background in statistical theory!” Contact Ingrid at:

QRIScloud is funded by the Australian Government, the Queensland State Government and the QCIF member universities. The Australian Government directs funds through the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (Nectar) Project (led by The University of Melbourne), and the Research Data Storage Infrastructure Project, completed in 2015, and the Research Data Services (RDS) Project (both data projects led by The University of Queensland) using the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) and Education Investment Fund (EIF). The Queensland Government directs funds through the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) and its Co-investment Fund.

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April 2017

Upcoming Events

* 11 April: Data preparation, processing and reporting using R, Griffith, Brisbane

* 12 April: Software Carpentry Git, Griffith, Nathan

* 12 April: Intro to Galaxy workshop, UQ St Lucia

* 26 April: ODIQ Data 101: Open Refine for Data Cleanup, Brisbane

* 3 May: Galaxy-qld meetup, UQ St Lucia

* 7–10 May: THETA 2017, Auckland, NZ

* 9 May: QFAB: Intro to R, UQ St Lucia

* 16–18 May: Greater Impact through Environmental Infrastructure Symposium, Canberra

* 29–30 May: Software Carpentry R, Griffith, Nathan

* 30 May: The Future of Data Sharing in a Changing Landscape, Griffith, Nathan

* 6 June: QFAB: Data Preparation, Processing and Reporting using R, UQ St Lucia
* 26–30 June: Open Repositories 2017, Brisbane

* 28–29 June: QFAB: Intro to Python for Researchers, UQ St Lucia
* 16–20 October: eResearch Australasia 2017, Brisbane

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