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QRIScloud and the Nectar Research Cloud clock up 1,100 and 10,000 users respectively

Nectar Research CloudThe Nectar Research Cloud — with QCIF as the Queensland node — passed 10,000 registered users late last month. Meanwhile, QRIScloud welcomed its 1,100 registered user recently. 
Nectar tweeted the news on 21 February and said: “Many people and organisations to thank for the Research Cloud success”. It then named QCIF as well as NCI, the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre (WA node), University of Tasmania (TAS node), Intersect Australia  (NSW node), eResearchSA (SA node), and the University of Melbourne and Monash University.
The Nectar Research Cloud is a partnership between eight institutions and research organisations who are deploying and operating Australia’s first federated research cloud. Read about Nectar’s research impact here.

ODIQ and QCIF partner for open data and innovation projects ODIQ and QCIF logos

QCIF and the Open Data Institute Queensland have formally established a partnership to collaborate on projects involving open data and open innovation.

QCIF and ODIQ signed a memorandum of understanding on 23 February 2017 that extends and broadens their current collaborations delivering the value of open data and open innovation to QCIF members and to ODIQ’s activities in Queensland and increasingly nationwide.    

ODIQ is a not-for-profit company that connects, equips and inspires Australians to innovate with data.  It is one of the worldwide organisations aligned with the Open Data Institute in the UK. established by World Wide Web inventor Sir Tim Berners-Lee. Read more

AURIN logoCalling all AURIN Portal users to complete the survey

Have you ever used the Australian urban infrastructure data portal AURIN? If so, please complete the survey AURIN is currently conducting to gauge how its user community is deriving value from the portal and how it can be improved.
The survey will also provide AURIN with detailed metrics to report back to its funding body, the Australian Government’s National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Network (NCRIS).
The survey should take 10–15 minutes and closes on Friday, 31 March. QCIF is AURIN’s representative in Queensland. 
If you would like to contact AURIN directly about the survey, please email either Prof. Tom Kvan ( or Dr Jack Barton (

 Australia’s Research Infrastructure SystemSubmissions to the National Research Infrastructure Roadmap published

Curious about what people said in their submissions to the Australian Government’s National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, which will help shape national eResearch for the coming decade?

Public submissions, including QCIF’s, and, among the Queensland universities, UQ, JCU, Griffith and QUT’s, were recently published online. A total of 172 submissions were received. All public submissions can be reviewed on the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training website. Read more

Australia and NZ sign research agreement

Australia and New Zealand signed an agreement on Friday, 17 February to share research assets.
The Australia – New Zealand Science, Research and Innovation Cooperation Agreement is aimed at delivering important collaboration on both sides of the Tasman.

One aspect of the agreement is that New Zealand will consult with Australia on the development of the latter’s National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, including identification of potential collaborations. Read more

USQ's Dr Erin Rayment joins QCIF’s board

Dr Erin RaymentDr Erin Rayment, Director of the Office of Research Development at the University of Southern Queensland, has joined QCIF’s board of directors.
In her USQ role, Dr Rayment oversees strategic research partnerships, contract research, consultancy, commercialisation and eResearch for the University.
Prior to joining USQ, Dr Rayment was responsible for commercialisation, innovation transfer and research development at qutbluebox. She has also managed large-scale collaborative research projects for Griffith University.
Dr Rayment has a PhD in tissue engineering from QUT, and is a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
With Dr Rayment’s appointment, QCIF is particularly pleased to have a second woman join its board.

A program manager and bioinformatician join QCIF's teamDr Jeff Christiansen and Thom Cuddihy

QCIF has two new team members — Dr Jeff Christiansen, a program manager (pictured right on the left) for health and life sciences data projects, and Thom Cuddihy, a bioinformatician who doubles as a software developer (pictured far right).

Jeff has a PhD in Biochemistry from UQ, and started his career conducting research in the fields of cancer, molecular genetics and embryo development in both Australia and the UK. Thom has a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science (Hons) and a Masters of Bioinformatics from UQ. He has more than a decade of client-focused IT experience, both from working in IT at UQ, and from private industry. Read more


Learn how to access Pawsey Supercomputing Centre resources at its Brisbane Roadshow

Pawsey RoadshowQCIF and UQ’s Research Computing Centre are co-hosting the free Pawsey Roadshow in Brisbane at UQ St Lucia on 20–21 March.

The event will showcase the services and resources the WA-based Pawsey Supercomputing Centre provides to researchers across Australia, and all researchers are welcome to attend.
More information, and please RSVP by 16 March. 

Join April's FlashLite HPC information sessionProf. David Abramson

Need a high performance computer for your research? Join the FlashLite information session on Wednesday, 5 April, 2–3pm.
Research Computing Centre Director Prof. David Abramson (pictured) will conduct the free session via Zoom videoconferencing for QCIF members, which includes staff and students at UQ, JCU, Griffith, QUT, USQ and CQU.
FlashLite supports data-intensive applications and research. Read more about FlashLite. Read more about the information session.

Highlights from Research Bazaar Brisbane 2017ResBaz Brisbane

Brisbane’s Research Bazaar at UQ attracted more than 300 participants across its three days from 7–9 February.
QCIF was a prize sponsor of ResBaz and Belinda Weaver, QCIF’s eResearch Analyst Team Leader, played a key role in organising the successful event.
To view more photos and to read about the highlights of this year’s ResBaz Brisbane, click here

JCU to host training in March on Unix, Git and Python

JCU’s eResearch Centre in Townsville will host a hands-on workshop on Unix Shell, Git and Python across 16–17 March for the university’s graduate students and researchers.
The Software Carpentry workshop aims to help researchers get their work done by teaching them basic research computing skills.
Unix Shell provides access to powerful tools for data analysis and manipulation; Git is a data management tool, and Python is a powerful and flexible tool for data analysis and visualisation.
You don't need to have any previous knowledge of these tools to participate in the workshop. More information and registration

QFAB has six upcoming workshops — book now!

QFAB Bioinformatics is running five workshops at UQ this month and one at Griffith in mid-April. 

The workshops at UQ include:
  • Introduction to the R software environment (13 March)
  • Hypothesis testing using R (14 March)
  • Exploring and predicting using linear expression in R (15 March)
  • Introduction to statistics using SPSS (16 March)
  • Introduction to Python for researchers (29–30 March).
On 11 April, QFAB will host a Data Preparation, Processing and Reporting using R workshop 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 and CQU) receive discounted training rates.
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QCIF eResearch Analyst: Jason D’Netto, QUT

Jason D’Netto,Jason D’Netto is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and Research Support Specialist for QUT’s High Performance Computing and Advanced Research Computing support group.

He holds bachelor degrees in IT and Electrical Engineering from QUT. He has previously been a Software Developer, and has a passion for creating IT solutions for research.

Jason is currently assisting materials science researchers within QUT’s Institute for Future Environments with the use of computational tools like Quantum ESPRESSO. He is also assisting with the development of a custom graphical user interface (GUI) to assist researchers with simplified access to specialist materials science simulation software. Contact Jason 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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March 2017

Upcoming Events

* 7 April: Tech Talk: Data Maturity Model and Data Life Cycle, online & various locations
* 13 March: Introduction to R, UQ, Brisbane
* 14 March: 
Hypothesis testing using R, UQ, Brisbane
* 15 March: Exploring and predicting using linear regression in R, UQ, Brisbane
* 16 March: Introduction to statistics using SPSS, UQ, Brisbane
* 16–17 March: Software Carpentry: Introducing Unix Shell, Git & Python, JCU, Townsville

* 20–21 March: Pawsey Roadshow, UQ, Brisbane

* 21 March: Data Analytics and Image Processing with MATLAB,  Brisbane
* 22–26 March: World Science Festival, Brisbane

* 29–30 March: Introduction to Python for Researchers, UQ, Brisbane
* 5 April: FlashLite Information session, online

* 11 April: Data preparation, processing and reporting using R, Griffith, Brisbane
* 7–10 May: THETA 2017, Auckland, NZ
* 26–30 June: Open Repositories 2017, Brisbane
* 16–20 October: eResearch Australasia 2017, Brisbane

Featured Article

28 February 2017 — How Genetic Analyses Might Get to the MassesNature / Scientific American


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Edgar: This tool allows users to explore the future impact of climate change on Australian birds. Edgar also provides animations of how the suitable climate for a species may change into the future. More

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