Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Lab goes live. The BCCVL allows researchers to project future outcomes using emission scenarios and climate models by combining common experiment types, datasets and processing power, all within the cloud. Intersect was a development partner in the BCCVL.

Visit the BCCVL website

The Intersect showcase drew a crowd of over 140 people who viewed our offerings, heard guest luminaries speak, and stayed around to enjoy each other’s company.

The occasion was an opportunity for us to announce a few new initiatives and to receive Health and Life Sciences Innovation Award.

Photos and presentations here

Big data solution awarded Health and Life Sciences Award

Intersect is honoured to receive the Health and Life Sciences Innovation Award from Hitachi Data Systems for it’s Research Data Storage Infrastructure node. 

Mr Neil Evans of Hitachi Data Systems presents the award to Dr Ian Gibson, CEO, Intersect. More

Big Data, Big Impact Grant Stage 2

A team led by UNSW’s Dr Jason Wong and including Intersect’s Dr Joe Thurbon were awarded the inaugural Big Data, Big Impact grant at the 2013 Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.

This year, they were awarded Stage 2 funding after the success of Stage 1. More

a large scale, high performance, collaborative, and cost effective digital storage system specially tailored, designed and constructed by researchers for researchers.

You have data, so we have Space.

More information here

Guest speaker at Intersect's Showcase was the Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, State Minister for Finance and Services who spoke on "how collaboration is changing technology within government, our relationship with industry and the economy itself. I don't have to tell anyone at Intersect the importance of collaboration. It's very much in the DNA of your organisation."

Photos and presentations here

Alveo virtual laboratory for human communication science launched

"When you have the right tools and the right data you can move among them easily, you can bring lots of disciplines together, and the world can be very, very productive indeed", said Professor O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, launching Alveo at UWS. More 

Intersect sponsored GovHack Sydney 2014 with a prize to encourage research sector involvement. In 2013 we hosted the Sydney event in our offices, with a bang!

Again this year, there were lots of opportunities for unis, students, and researchers to be involved. More on the winning apps as it comes to hand.

Spatial scientists work on a next gen grid data tool

Coordinated by ACEAS, the week long hackfest brought together national teams to work on storing and serving Australian gridded datasets. The group created a new open source tool, called the Spatially Explicit Data Discovery, Extraction and Evaluation Service (SPEDDEXES). Read more...


Research impact through eResearch

Intersect is a pivotal part of NSW research infrastructure. We provide robust, innovative and collaborative technology to support the world-class research at our member institutions. Intersect delivers storage and analysis platforms, custom engineering, expert consultation and training programs to hundreds of researchers every year.

Infrastructure Update

Our RDSI node is in full production

The latest statistics:

  • Total number of approved collections: 67
  • TBs approved: 5400
  • TBs ingested: 1085


NeCTAR Research Cloud

Intersect has chosen Dell as its partner in standing up its NeCTAR Research Cloud node in a deal worth just under $1M. The Research Cloud equipment is currently being assembled at Macquarie Telecom's IC2 data centre where it is co-located, and closely coupled, with Intersect's HPC, Orange, and Intersect's petabyte scale storage facility funded by RDSI. 

Service Desk

Local configuration is now in progress and we expect to move into full production by the end of the month when our internal QA is scheduled to be complete.

For more on our Infrastructure programs see here


ACU joins Intersect

The Australian Catholic University has joined Intersect, becoming our twelfth university member. 

Deputy Vice-Chancellor Research of the Australian Catholic University Professor Wayne McKenna said "With ACU's recent strong investment in research, and the establishment of our new research institutes, ACU is delighted to become a full member of Intersect".

Intersect now represents twelve universities, with sixteen members in total.

Merit-based HPC for 2015

Do you want to expand your computational power? Do you work with big or complex data? High Performance Computing (HPC) could help you increase your research output.

Intersect is pleased to announce the 2015 Intersect Resource Allocation Round (RAR) for HPC. The Resource Allocation Round is a merit-based system by which researchers can gain fully-subsidised access to Time, Intersect's computing facilities. In 2015 there are over 30 Million SUs of compute time available to eligible staff researchers and their PhD students. Applications close 31 October 2014.


The Pacific and Regional Archive for Digital Sources in Endangered Cultures (PARADISEC) preserves recordings of hundreds of endangered languages from the Asia-Pacific region. With 25Tbs (including local backup) now stored on Intersect’s research data facility, PARADISEC is an exemplar for building secure infrastructure that enables citable, sharable and reusable data. PARADISEC's motivation is to create an enduring digital record for the languages of Australia's region and to preserve them for the future use. More

Learning & Development

The following sessions are scheduled to take place in the near future:
21 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at UWS (Bankstown campus). Please register at
21 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at University of Sydney (ANZAC Research Institute, Concord) Please register at
24 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at University of Wollongong. Please register at
28 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at UNSW. Please register at UNSW.
30 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at University of Sydney (Kolling Institute, Royal North Shore Hospital) Please register at
31 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at UNSW. Please register at UNSW.
3 November 2014: Cleaning and Exploring your data with Open Refine at UNSW. Please register at UNSW.
3 November 2014: Data Visualisation with Google Fusion Tables at UNSW. Please register at UNSW.
6 November 2014: Excel for Researchers at CSU (Bathurst campus). Please register at
7 November 2014: Excel for Researchers at CSU (Orange campus). Please register at


eResearch Australasia 2014 - Towards Unified Global Research
Pullman Hotel, Albert Park Melbourne
ITS in Universities
Victoria University City Convention Centre, Melbourne
ANDS Webinar: Metadata for Research Data Australia: reap what you sow
Webinar 12:30 – 13:30
GOVInnovate Summit
National Convention Centre, Canberra
International Conference on Digital Image Computing: Techniques and Applications
Novotel Wollongong Northbeach Hotel
ANDS/Intersect RDM Roundtable: Data Curation
Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW) 2015
UWS School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics
39th APAN Meeting
Fukuoka, Japan