A new, purpose-built QRIScloud service will provide a superior environment for running web portals supporting research communities.
The service operates on new infrastructure, designed to provide a resilient platform for hosting research portals, and will result in a higher quality of service to the portals’ users.
The new service is part of a project QCIF has been participating in to transition Nectar's National Server Program (NSP) into local services hosted at several Nectar nodes (see April’s QRISnews
Over the coming month, QCIF will migrate Queensland’s existing NSP clients, such as TERN's Long Term Ecological Research Network
(pictured), across to the new platform. Once we have completed this effort, the platform will be available for use for other widely used research portals.
If you currently host a portal for your users or research community and would like to consider migrating it to this new service, please contact the QRIScloud Help Desk: firstname.lastname@example.org
New QRIScloud service enables easier data searching, synching and sharing
A new QRIScloud service gives users the ability to find, manipulate, share and synchronise all their files wherever they are stored through a single and simple interface.
The service, built using Nextcloud, enables easier data synching, sharing and collaboration, and is now available for pilot users to trial.
In addition to being able to access your QRISdata collections from any device, the new service enables connection to a wide range of external storage services to help researchers consolidate their data. Data can be easily synchronised with local folders, shared with others, and moved between different storage services.
QCIF is pleased to announce this new service, which is a continuation of our policy to develop innovative services that our users have requested.
If you would like to participate in the pilot trial of the Nextcloud service, please contact the QRIScloud Help Desk: email@example.com
Brisbane to host the 2017 eResearch Australasia conference
The Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre will house the 2017 eResearch Australasia conference from 16–20 October.
, a joint venture representing Australasian eResearch organisations, will manage and host the event. It has invited Prof. David Abramson, Director of UQ's Research Computing Centre
, to be the Conference Chair in 2017, recognising his global standing as a leading computer science academic with a long track record in eResearch infrastructure and services, and a strong focus on both research and education.
Prof. Abramson said he was "delighted" to chair the 2017 event in combination with AeRO. "eResearch Australasia has evolved as an important meeting in the calendar, and provides an opportunity to bring together developers and practitioners."
The eResearch Australasia conference provides opportunities for delegates to engage, connect, and share their ideas and exemplars concerning new information-centric research capabilities, and showcase how leading-edge information and communication technologies help researchers.
Past eResearch Australasia Conference co-Chairs Nick Tate (left) and Viviani Paz (right) formally handed over the reins to RCC Director Prof. David Abramson (centre) at this year's conference in Melbourne last month.
Open call for those keen on Library Carpentry funding
The Library Carpentry
suite of lessons, which QCIF’s Belinda Weaver (pictured) had a hand in developing, won the British Library Labs
’s Teaching and Learning Award on 7 November.
The Library Carpentry community plan to spend the award’s £500 prize money to support a Library Carpentry workshop anywhere in the world next year, including Australia.
If your institution needs financial support to run a Library Carpentry workshop or individual librarian training, see the Library Carpentry blog
for details of how to apply. The deadline for applications is 16 December 2016.
Library Carpentry is software skills training aimed at the needs and requirements of library professionals. It includes lessons on regular expressions, data structures, version control, data cleanup and more.
In June this year as part of the annual Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint
, Belinda led a team of more than 20 people in six countries to update and extend Library Carpentry's lesson material. The project is ongoing.
ReDBox version 1.9 released
QCIF is pleased to announce the release of version 1.9 of the ReDBox metadata management platform.
This release will support ORCIDs as researcher identifiers and will be compliant with the Australian National Data Service’s RIF-CS schema, version 1.6. RIF-CS (Registry Interchange Format— Collections and Services) was developed by ANDS as a data format for supporting the exchange of collection and service descriptions.
"A key feature of ReDBox is that we keep it up to date with Australian research services and codes of practice,” said Andrew Brazzatti, support lead and technical architect for the ReDBox project.
The release was introduced at the ReDBox User Group meeting in Brisbane on Wednesday, 17 November. QCIF holds these annual meetings by videoconference to keep the ReDBox community aware of new features and so its participants can help plan future releases.
If you would like to know more about ReDBox and QCIF's Engineering Services team, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org