New QRISguide released today: Detailed info at your fingertips

A QRIScloud information guide, QRISguide, was released today providing users and support staff with in-depth details about how to get the most out of the portal and its services.

Whether you're a researcher, in ICT or an eResearch support role, the QRISguide is your go-to document on the what, why and how of QRIScloud — for example, what QRIScloud offers, why it's of use to researchers and how to apply for services.

There are sections on QRIScloud's compute and data services, accounts, support services, professional services, and how the portal enables research sharing and collaboration. The guide also includes appendices on QRIScloud's infrastructure and technical specifications, help desk service levels, and Service Level Agreement. 

Users can download QRISguide as a PDF (1.2 MB PDF). Within the month, the QRISguide will be converted into an online format for the QRIScloud portal for greater accessibility.

Introducing the QRISmarketplace

QRISmarketplace presents users with the ability to use the growing and diverse range of research portals, applications and tools available through QRIScloud. It features on the Services page of the QRIScloud website.

The marketplace includes both QRIScloud services and those made available by third parties. If you have or know of other portals, applications or tools that you would like to be made accessible through QRISmarketplace, please contact Stephen Bird at QCIF ( so that they can be included.

Please try the marketplace and give us your feedback.  

Register to become a user of new HPC facilities 

Researchers are invited to register via the QRIScloud portal to use two new high performance computing services due later this month. 
FlashLite is a data intensive parallel supercomputer at UQ suitable for jobs that need very large memories and very fast transfers between secondary storage and memory. FlashLite is supported by the ARC through a LIEF grant and by QCIF and its members.
Euramoo is a large cloud-based compute cluster operating as a QRIScompute service. It has been assembled by UQ's Research Computing Centre and QCIF using cluster-as-a-service software from eRSA (eResearch South Australia). 

Visit QRIScloud's Compute webpage for more information, and check out the FlashLite data sheet and Euramoo data sheet

QRIScloud portal updates 

The QRIScloud portal continues to evolve with the addition of new content and functionality. New content available on the portal includes: The QRIScloud portal has been enhanced to: 
  • showcase public data collections with web portals to make them easier to access
  • enable data collection custodians to self-manage access to their collections.
QRIScloud now offers stronger controls to access data collections, removing the need for shared credentials. If you are a collection owner or manager, we will contact you over the coming weeks to assist you in transitioning to the new system.

Software Carpentry bootcamps at UQ and JCU

There are two upcoming Software Carpentry bootcamps — one at the University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus, the other at James Cook University in Townsville.

Software Carpentry teaches scientists basic computing skills, including program design, version control, testing and task automation, to enable their work to be more productive and reliable.

JCU is hosting Townsville's first Software Carpentry bootcamp on 1–2 October.

QCIF eResearch Analyst Team Leader Belinda Weaver is organising UQ's second Software Carpentry bootcamp for 28–29 September. UQ's first bootcamp in July this year was fully subscribed (pictured below).

software carpentry bootcamp
Photo by UQ's Dr Nick Hamilton. 

QCIF relationship survey results  

QCIF has conducted an annual relationship survey with selected leaders across its member and partner organisations.
In analysing the feedback from the survey and through follow-ups with responders, QCIF identified several key themes for improvement:
  • increase awareness of QCIF and QRIScloud capabilities  amongst member researchers
  • enhance and scale-up eResearch support skills
  • improve community engagement and collaboration
  • cater more comprehensively for all levels of users.
This feedback aligned with the outputs from QCIF’s earlier Service Workshops. As a result, QCIF is launching a number of initiatives and projects, in collaboration with its members, to address these areas of improvement.

New ReDBox Harvest Manager

The ReDBox Harvest Manager is a new application that integrates records from different research information and data management systems.
QCIF has developed the Harvest Manager to allow ReDBox to harvest research metadata from external systems. As a by-product it can be used to integrate metadata records between many research and enterprise information systems. To learn more, please email

QCIF sponsors Brisbane HealthHack

HealthHack logoQCIF is co-sponsoring this year’s Brisbane HealthHack, a data hack weekend across 23–25 October dedicated to solving medical research problems.
Sydney, Melbourne and Perth will host HealthHacks on the same weekend.
Participation is free, whether you bring a medical research problem to the table as a researcher, or donate your skills to the hack as a software developer, user experience designer, data analyst or visualiser. Registration will open soon via the Brisbane HealthHack webpage.
QCIF’s UQ collaborator RCC (Research Computing Centre) is also a major sponsor of the event. More info

QCIF eResearch Analyst profile:
Jason Bell, CQU

Jason BellJason Bell is the QCIF eResearch Analyst and a Senior Research Technologies Officer at CQUniversity Australia. He has more than 15 years’ experience in the space.
Jason assists CQU researchers to achieve better research outcomes through the use of technology. 

Though his duties can vary substantially, some of his current CQU responsibilities include:
  • supporting video collaboration tools
  • managing and maintaining high performance computing facilities, from providing systems administration, software installation, technical advice and training to researchers
  • managing and maintaining research data storage facilities
  • managing and maintaining the research software licensing server
  • managing and maintaining the eResearch portal
  • assisting researchers in the use of eResearch tools and services, including state and national resources such as NeCTAR and RDS
  • providing technical feedback to state and national infrastructure and services providers
  • chairing the Central Queensland Junior Robotics Competition.
As well as the responsibilities listed, Jason is a leader in the provision of university videoconferencing services. He championed the EVO and SeeVogh services offered by ARCS and QCIF for a number of years and he has achieved a global reputation for his technical and service expertise in the field.

Jason holds a Bachelor of Information Technology (with honours) from CQU.


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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September 2015


Upcoming Events

* September 28–29 Software Carpentry Bootcamp, Brisbane
* October 1–2 Software Carpentry Bootcamp, Townsville
* October 1923 eResearch Australasia 2015, Brisbane
* October 23–25 HealthHack, Brisbane
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NCIG: an introduction: This animation explains the origins of the National Centre for Indigenous Genomics collection, and its scientific and medical potential. Watch

Featured Collection

Structure Implementation at QUT's Science and Engineering Centre: Smart sensors internal to the structure of QUT’s Science and Engineering Centre are constantly measuring the building’s environment and performance. This type of data is so rare it is likely to influence all energy efficient buildings in the future and QUT plans to make the data freely available to the research community through QRIScloud. More

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Milestones and Metrics

QRIScloud is now storing 170 data collections. Five new collections totalling 58 TB have been added in the last month. 
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