Meet Intersect’s new executive team, (left to right): David Toll, Marc Bailey, Dr Derek Van Dyk, Shane Youl, Dr Ian Gibson and Rodney Harrison.

Absent: Johan Boshoff. Georgina Edwards is on maternity leave.

Profiles at

The new national urban intelligence initiative AURIN has been launched, providing access to thousands of data sets—from Australian Property Monitors to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, from Geoscience Australia to city councils.

Intersect was involved as one of the technology providers on the project.

Visit the AURIN site

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.

“Before Intersect was on the ground, everybody had their own initiatives but we were dealing with these things one by one. It meant that the scale of the initiatives that we were tackling were significantly smaller so we are now able to deal with much larger problems.”

Professor Les Field,
Chair, Deputy and PV-C (Research) Committees, Group of Eight.

Infrastructure Update

Our data storage facility is in full production. The latest statistics:

  • Total number of approved collections: 79
  • TBs approved: 6000
  • TBs ingested: 1250


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 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.

We will launch the NeCTAR Research Cloud on 29 January 2015 at Australasian Computer Science Week 2015.



Explore new services, seek out new answers and new products. Boldly go.

At Intersect, we’re here to make research life easier, so it’s only natural that we’re launching a new one-stop researcher experience called

Congratulations Linda Barwick

Congratulations to newly elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities - Professor Linda Barwick

The Fellowships are one of the highest honours for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

Congratulations Johan Boshoff

We have an Australian champion in our midst! Member Services Manager Johan Boshoff recently came second in the Australian 3D Archery Association National Championships. Johan is also the NSW State Series Champion. This latest award allows Johan to represent Australia at the IBO World Championships in the US in August 2015.

Learning Development

Last year was our biggest year for training and right now we are planning to make 2015 even bigger, with new courses in the works and plans to hold even more training sessions across our member universities. Please check here again soon for session dates and locations.

If you are impatient to get started, why not try working through one of our courses in your own time. We make all our course materials available for self-paced study. So why not explore how Open Refine can be used to clean messy datasets? Or learn those features of spreadsheets you always meant to learn but never did in our researcher-oriented Excel course, Excel Fu? Or teach yourself just the right amount of Linux to research at light speed on our high performance computing facilities?

Whatever your interest, our courses are only a click away.


Flying solo: data librarians working outside of (traditional) libraries
12.30-1.30pm AEDT
Universities Australia Higher Education Conference 2015
National Convention Centre, Canberra
Reinventing university publishing international symposium & THAT camp
ANU, Canberra
eResearch NZ 2015
Queenstown, NZ
Museums and the Web conference
CeBIT Australia 2014
Sydney Olympic Park
THETA 2015
Gold Coast Qld
Museums Australia Conference
Town Hall, Sydney