QCIF workshops focus on service delivery

Over the last few months QCIF has held a couple of workshops with member representatives focusing on services and service delivery.

The first of these was timed with the release of the QRIScloud portal in May and the second was held at the end of June.

The first workshop presented the QRIScloud portal and a roadmap for the service portal and QRIScloud’s service catalogue, both of which were endorsed by QCIF’s members.

The need for scalable, high-touch services to deal with the complexities involved in engaging researchers to use QRIScloud and other infrastructure services emerged as a key focus for QCIF.

This need, coupled with being able to cater for the spectrum of researcher IT skills, formed the basis of the second workshop. The approach taken was to use a simplified model of the Research Lifecycle as a way to examine the touch points that exist between the researcher and the supporting organisations to draw out use cases, existing activities to support eResearch and how they are presently delivered, and identifying what is missing to produce more effective interactions or better outcomes. 

As a result of these two workshops, QCIF and its members have created a series of actions targeted at:
  • improving institutional endorsement and awareness of QRIScloud and the available services to support eResearch
  • expanding both the domains covered by and the capabilities of eResearch support staff across QCIF and its members
  • developing toolsets to assist researchers in determining appropriate storage and compute needs for a research project
  • enhancing service offerings to cater for the spectrum of researcher IT skills.
We look forward to reporting on progress in future editions of QRISnews. 

Nodes to expand projects with NCRIS 2015 funding

RDS and NeCTAR projects are working with QCIF and the other national nodes to expand their NCRIS 2013 programs, made possible through the NCRIS 2015 funding covering the July 2015 to June 2016 period.  
The funding will enhance compute and data services to researchers, improve service delivery and assist nodes with the cost of operating the nationwide RDS and NeCTAR services. Both will fund project continuations and broaden their assistance to data-intensive research communities to use domain specific tools and data collections. Establishing program specifics will be conducted this month.

RDS research community projects

RDS logoQCIF is participating in five of the nine RDS research community programs. Four QCIF members have seconded staff to work on these programs to assist with data collection establishment, management and usage.
QCIF is leading the Genomics and Terrestrial Systems programs, and has received RDS NCRIS 2013 funds to improve service delivery and operate the services. This program continues until June 2016. The implementation plans have been approved and work is at the commencement stage.

RDS aims to channel RDSI infrastructure into ‘Data as a Service’ in support of research communities with petascale data challenges to enable access and sharing of nationally significant data.
Each month, QRISnews will focus on one of these projects, starting with the Life Sciences (Genomics) RDS project.

Life Sciences (Genomics) RDS project
The Life Sciences (Genomics) RDS project will provide essential operational support for the management and research use of genome data in Australia, which should increase the possibilities for significant research breakthroughs.
QCIF will provide leadership alongside VicNode on the project, with deployment and service support contributions from other operators supporting genomics research, including strong collaboration with key national initiatives, such as Bioplatforms Australia
The project is working on enabling connections between cloud based genomic data sets and computational resources, genomic data as service, genomic metadata description to enable better sharing and discovery, and training in the creation of large analytic pipelines on the cloud.  

QUT's Chris Bridge joins QCIF's Board of Directors

Chris BridgeChris Bridge has recently joined QCIF’s Board of Directors as the board member for the Queensland University of Technology.
Chris is QUT's Director of Information Technology Services. Prior to this role he was the Director for ICT Shared Services at Monash University and Country Manager for Technical Services in Hewlett-Packard.
Chris is also the Chair of the Queensland Branch Executive Committee for the Australian Computer Society, a member of the CAUDIT Executive Committee and Deputy Chair of the Queensland Education, Science and Technology Network (QUESTnet).

Sleepy Whatamelon wins QCIF/AURIN GovHack prizeGovHack logo

Jason Weigel of Team Sleepy Whatamelon won the QCIF and AURIN co-sponsored $1,500 cash prize for 'Most innovative use of open data to improve urban settlements' at GovHack Brisbane 2015.

The awards night was held on Friday, 31 July at the Microsoft Innovation Centre in Brisbane.
Jason, a University of Queensland PhD student, took part in the Australia and New Zealand-wide GovHack weekend over 3–5 July. Jason's winning project allows people to examine and compare different suburbs in the Greater Brisbane area.
The 14 entries for the QCIF/AURIN prize were all of a high standard. View all the entries here.
L–R: Emma Joughin (AURIN), Jack Barton (AURIN), Jason Weigel (prizewinner) and Gavin Kennedy (QCIF).
L–R at the GovHack Brisbane awards night: Emma Joughin (AURIN), Jack Barton (AURIN), Jason Weigel (prizewinner) and Gavin Kennedy (QCIF).

QCIF co-sponsors Winter School and Software Carpentry Bootcamp at UQ

QCIF and UQ's Research Computing Centre co-sponsored the Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology (6–10 July) and Software Carpentry Bootcamp (2–3 July), both held at the University of Queensland. 

software carpentry bootcamp
QCIF and RCC co-sponsored a morning tea at the fully subscribed Software Carpentry Bootcamp. A second UQ bootcamp is scheduled for 28–29 September. (Photo by UQ's Dr Nick Hamilton). 

bioinformatics Winter School
The Winter School had its largest turnout yet, with more than 240 participants. (Photo by UQ's Dr Nick Hamilton, who chaired the event.)

QCIF eResearch Analyst profile:
Lance Wilson, QUT

Dr Lance WilsonDr Lance Wilson is a QCIF eResearch Analyst and Senior Research Support Specialist at the Queensland University of Technology to develop the research capability of academic staff. In particular, he is tasked with increasing the uptake and usage of compute, storage and collaboration eResearch services. 
Lance supports and enhances research aspirations and outcomes by:
  • developing and supporting powerful, reliable computing and data resources to solve demanding problems
  • exploring advanced architectures and techniques to accelerate research computing (HPC, Cloud, GPGPU)
  • working with research communities, and their external research partners, to fully exploit advanced ICT resources (e.g. NCI, NeCTAR and RDSI)
  • providing visualisations (faithful representations) of scientific phenomena to gain insights into complex data and systems
  • supporting, assisting, and training the next generation of researchers in the effective use of advanced ICT tools.
Lance also has an active research portfolio at QUT with collaborators from engineering and clinical disciplines. His research interests include orthopaedics where engineering can improve clinical outcomes and the incorporation of medical imaging into medical engineering.


QRIScloud is supported through the Australian Government Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project (led by The University of Queensland) and National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) (led by The University of Melbourne), by the Queensland Government Department of Science Information Technology Innovation and the Arts (DSITIA) through its Co-investment Fund and by Queensland’s universities and research institutions. RDSI and NeCTAR Projects are conducted as part of the Super Science initiative financed from the Education Investment Fund.



August 2015


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