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QCIF's Graham Chen retires

Graham ChenDr 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 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 service.
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! GovHack logo

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

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NeCTAR and RDS submit Annual Business Plans

Both NeCTAR and RDS 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 iAward logo

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.
The BCCVL team at the iAwards
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 (RDS) project. 
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. 
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QCIF eResearch Analyst profile:
Belinda Weaver, UQ

Belinda WeaverBelinda 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

RCC's David Abramson and QCIF's Rob Cook
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.  


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.



July 2015


Upcoming Events

June 29–10 July - AMSI Winter School
July 2–3 - Software Carpentry Workshop
July 3–5 - GovHack 2015
July 610 - Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology
July 8 - Genomic Virtual Laboratory training
September 28–29 Software Carpentry Workshop
October 1923 - eResearch Australasia 2015

Featured Video

JCU — VecNet, Mangrove Watch & Shore View: James Cook University's Major Open Data Collection projects and the Tropical Data Hub. Discusses the value of open data for tropical regions around the world. Watch

Featured Article

29 June 2015 – What is a Research Software Engineer?

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Featured Collection

Adapting to Climate Change: Terra Nova: Terra Nova is an information hub for climate change adaptation research. It makes it easier for everyone who needs climate change adaptation information—including planners—to discover, share, and use it. Terra Nova's extensive and expanding data collections in QRIScloud are currently at 31TB. Terra Nova is an initiative of Griffith University, QCIF, and the Australian National Data Service (ANDS). More

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Milestones and Metrics

QRIScloud is now storing 160 data collections.
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