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QCIF's Graham Chen retires
Dr Graham Chen (pictured), QCIF’s eResearch Manager since June 2010, is retiring on 6 July 2015.
Graham has been part of QCIF’s strong growth period over the past five years in which QCIF has developed into a significant player in national eResearch. QCIF would like to thank Graham for all his hard work and we wish him well in his retirement.
QCIF welcomes Graham’s replacement, Dr Nigel Ward
. Nigel joins QCIF from NeCTAR, where he was Deputy Director, Software Infrastructure, and from UQ where he was Data Management Coordinator in the ITEE (School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering) eResearch Group.
USQ speeds up access to QRIScloud for its researchers
As part of a range of improvements to its intercampus networking and HPC facilities, USQ completed an upgrade of its AARNet link from USQ Springfield to the QRIScloud Brisbane node on Friday, 19 June 2015.
The AARNet private 10 Gbps path has reduced response times from Toowoomba to QRIScloud Brisbane from an average of 38 milliseconds to 3 milliseconds (over 10 times quicker). USQ researchers and HPC users gain high speed and secure access into QRIScloud compute and data storage services as well as to national Research Cloud services through the NeCTAR and RDSI projects.
QCIF’s thanks go to the USQ and UQ network and security teams who worked collaboratively to achieve this significant improvement in performance for USQ researchers and QRIScloud users.
QCIF is working with all members to improve the integration of QRIScloud with Member University researcher services. Please direct enquiries to email@example.com
or your eResearch Analyst
The ANDS Node Connect project
The Australian National Data Service (ANDS
) and QCIF are working together to ensure that data collections stored on QRIScloud are richly described and discoverable through ANDS’ Research Data Australia
Where possible, existing data collection records in institutional repositories will be enhanced with richer metadata, especially around data descriptions, licensing, and reuse conditions.
Where no metadata record currently exists, QCIF is developing ways to deliver this information — derived from storage applications in QCIF’s Allocation Resource Management System (ARMS) — to institutions, which can then upgrade the record with data such as grants information.
The project is due for completion by 31 July 2015.
See you at GovHack!
This weekend, 3–5 July, QCIF will be at GovHack Brisbane 2015
and is co-sponsoring a cash prize with our partner AURIN
, the Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network.
GovHack is an annual open data competition held throughout Australia and New Zealand. Technical and creative minds work in teams to innovate, create and build upon the social and economic value of open government data
This year GovHack Brisbane
is being held at the University of Queensland, St Lucia. QCIF will be co-hosting a booth with AURIN so please attend this great event and drop by the booth — it’s not too late to register
NeCTAR and RDS submit Annual Business Plans
have submitted their NCRIS 2015
Annual Business Plans to the Department of Education for approval and funding.
Eventually this is expected to result in further support directed towards research communities that make use of compute and data storage capabilities.
BCCVL wins QLD iAward
Griffith University’s Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Lab (BCCVL
) won Queensland’s Research & Development iAward
on Thursday, 25 June.
The iAwards honour those at the cutting edge of technology innovation and recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.
BCCVL Project Manager Hamish Holewa said his team “was honoured to accept the award amidst so many amazing competitors, with 45 nominations from Queensland submitted across all categories.”
The BCCVL, a "one-stop modelling shop" that simplifies the process of biodiversity-climate change modelling, will be judged alongside all other winners and merit recipients
at the national iAwards, 25–27 August in Melbourne.
The BCCVL is the result of a large collaborative effort with lead partners Griffith University and James Cook University, developing partners QCIF and Intersect, and with support from NeCTAR.
L–R: At the Queensland iAwards—Malcolm Wolski (Director of eResearch Services, Griffith University), Steve Baxter (Entrepreneur and Investor), Kelly Lennon (Communications, BCCVL), Hamish Holewa (Project Manager, BCCVL) and Hon Leeanne Enoch (Minister for Housing and Public Works and Minister for Science and Innovation).
RDS building on RDSI's foundations
The EIF-funded Research Data Storage Infrastructure
project completed its work at the end of June 2015 and has laid the foundations for the up and coming Research Data Services
The RDS Project Director is Richard Northam, formerly RDSI’s Node Manager.
The lead agent for RDS is the University of Queensland. The RDS nodes
implementing the project are the same eight nodes RDSI originally selected. QCIF operates the Brisbane and Townsville nodes. The other nodes are Intersect, NCI, VIcNode, TPAC, eResearch SA and the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre.
QCIF eResearch Analyst profile:
Belinda Weaver, UQ
Belinda Weaver leads QCIF’s eResearch Analyst team across six Queensland universities. A former librarian, she established the UQ Library’s Research Data Collections Service and UQ eSpace
repository for research publications.
Currently managing the Node Connect project for ANDS, she also successfully delivered UQ’s two ANDS Major Open Data Collections projects.
She recently qualified as a Software Carpentry
instructor and has organised three related bootcamps at UQ for researchers.
Based in the Research Computing Centre
at UQ, St Lucia, Belinda regularly tweets as @cloudaus
. She is a UQ Arts graduate, and has an Australian Institute of Management Diploma of Project Management and a UQ Graduate Certificate in Journalism.
QCIF and RCC ride for multiple sclerosis
Research Computing Centre
Director David Abramson (left) and QCIF CEO Rob Cook cycled 100kms in the Enerflex MS Brissie to the Bay
charity bike ride to support people living with multiple sclerosis. The event was held on Sunday, 21 June and together the pair raised almost $3,000 in donations.