Vanuatu Appeal

Dr Jeremy Hammond from Intersect is fundraising for Vanuatu, having worked in the community of Tanna and been welcomed by that community.

Click here for more on how to help with this worthwhile cause.

NSW NeCTAR Research Cloud now online

Intersect has announced the commission of $1.5M delivering 4,500 additional CPU cores to the NeCTAR Research Cloud, (, boosting national capacity to approx. 32,000 cores. Now online and available throughout NSW and Australia, it was launched at Australian Computer Science Week, UWS. More 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

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



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:

  • Technical infrastructure assets under management: $5M
  • Data under management: 1120 TBs
  • Nationally significant research collections under management: 80
  • Data subsidy terabytes: 5000


Intersect launches NeCTAR Research Cloud

Intersect has announced the commission of $1.5M delivering 4,500 additional CPU cores to the NeCTAR Research Cloud, (

The NeCTAR Research Cloud is part of Intersect's new offering More at


RDSI/ Space merit subsidies reminder

As emailed to data custodians in December 2014: applicants that enjoy a merit allocation must begin their data ingestion into Space before 30th June 2015. We understand that many successful applicants may not be able to do so within these timeframes. If this is you, we’re asking you to voluntarily release your allocation for redistribution to other projects in the interests of resource efficiency. Please speak with your Intersect eResearch Analyst or contact

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Ian Gibson steps down as CEO

Dr Ian Gibson, the founding CEO of Intersect Australia, will step down in late April after six and a half years in the role.

Chairman of the Intersect Board, Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM, said, “Intersect has achieved an enormous amount in a short period of time, starting in 2008 and growing to be the largest eResearch services organisation in Australia today. None of this would have been possible without the strategically focussed leadership of Ian Gibson”.

“I am extremely proud of what we have achieved at Intersect”, Dr Gibson said. “Intersect has delivered high quality services and a strong return-on-investment consistently for all members since day one. More importantly, we have enabled many thousands of research outcomes across many disciplines. Intersect's twelve university members collectively contribute approximately 30% of Australia’s university research output and 1.5% of the world’s. Intersect has made a difference”.

Intersect’s board has appointed Marc Bailey, currently Chief Operating Officer, to the position of CEO effective 1 May 2015.

“Marc and Ian have worked together as customer/partner and as colleagues for many years. Marc’s appointment positions Intersect strongly for its next phase of its development: providing operational excellence and researcher focus across new product and service offerings”, said Professor Mark Wainwright.

Dr Gibson will remain involved with Intersect in a consulting role for strategic projects.

The Media Release can be read here.


The following training opportunities are open for enrolment:​

  • 12 May 2015: "Excel Fu: Excel For Researchers" at UWSEnrol now
  • 14 May 2015: "Introduction to Unix for HPC" at UWSEnrol now
  • 20 May 2015: "Cleaning and Exploring your Data with Open Refine" at UWSEnrol now
  • 20 May 2015: "Data Visualisation with Google Fusion Tables" at UWSEnrol now
  • 4 Jun 2015: "Intermediate HPC" at UWSEnrol now
  • 17 Jun 2015: "Excel Fu: Excel For Researchers" at UWSEnrol now
  • 29 Jun 2015: "Excel Fu: Excel For Researchers" at UTSEnrol now

For more information, see


AusMedtech 2015
Pullman Melbourne on the Park
CeBIT Australia 2015
Sydney Olympic Park
THETA 2015
Gold Coast Qld
Museums Australia Conference
Town Hall, Sydney
25th Anniversary of the Cooperative Research Centres Program
Parliament House, Canberra
Science at the Shine Dome 2015
Shine Dome, Canberra
Digital Humanities 2015
Parramatta campus, University of Western Sydney
ARMS 2015
Orchard Hotel, Singapore