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Intersect News #88 July 2016

Published: 
03 August 2016

Welcome to the chilliest Intersect News for 2016 as we take a peek at what's happening this winter across your eResearch neighbourhood.

This bulletin highlights innovative research projects that we're proud to be associated with from researchers Professor Chris Petit of the University of New South Wales and Clare Collins of the University of Newcastle. We check in with Richard Berry, eResearch Analyst at UoN, find out about exciting new training courses in MATLAB, regex and python, and hear about the Digital Humanities Australasia conference. We've released some important tools to understand cross-border health data security and privacy issues via med.data.edu.au, and we explain some changes made to sustain the NecTAR Research Cloud in NSW.

We welcome Craig Hamilton as our new Engineering Manager, replacing Rod Harrison who we thank sincerely for six years of code, people and project management. Craig and Rod have had a month of transition time and orderly arrangements for handover for all in-flight projects are in place. Finally, we acknowledge the contribution of founding CEO Mike Briers and congratulate him on his appointment as Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia.

Enjoy... and if you like what you read, please drop us a line to explore how we can help increase research productivity in your world.

Best regards,
Marc Bailey
CEO

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13 July 2016

Professor Clare Collins and Dr Megan Rollo are committed to finding nutrition research solutions to tackle Australia’s obesity epidemic, harnessing technology and the power of online platforms and the media to get the message out on a big scale via the Australian Eating Survey.

12 July 2016

Researcher training is one of the highest rated and most consistently valued things we do in our mission to increase research productivity. We're always being asked for new and different subject material, contextualised in a way that makes sense to researchers and scientists. In response to strong demand for researchers at member institutions, we have great pleasure in announcing a new set of targeted courses.

04 July 2016

To provide up-to-date relevant legislative, ethical and security information specifically to the Australian health and medical research community, the Intersect-led national med.data.edu.au project undertook extensive research into the legislative and best practice landscape that impacts on data-driven human research in Australia. A new interactive guide is now available.

01 July 2016

The NSW node of the NeCTAR Research Computing Cloud moved to a consumption model to sustain its future in the national eResearch landscape from July 1. Here's what this means to you.

28 June 2016

Intersect congratulates Founding CEO Professor Mike Briers on his appointment as Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours for distinguished service to the finance and digital technology sectors, particularly in the area of data intensive research and analysis, to higher education, and to Judo.

28 June 2016

Dr Richard Berry joined Intersect as the eResearch Analyst at the University of Newcastle in October 2015. A former Neuroscientist and Defence civilian, he also holds postgraduate qualifications in IT and works closely with the UON Research Services and IT teams to help integrate computing into everyday research practice.

Headshot of Richard Berry, University of Newcastle eResearch Analyst
26 June 2016

Cleaning up textual data is a useful skill in a world where digitised documents are a critical research resource. Humanities and arts researchers and research support librarians put Intersect analyst Aidan Wilson’s data wrangling know-how to the test recently in a Regular Expressions workshop at the Digital Humanities Australasia 2016 conference at the University of Tasmania. 

Aidan Wilson
25 June 2016

With the democratisation of information and analytics, more and more data is made available to planners and policy makers, community groups and others interested in city plan making. Professor Chris Pettit and the UNSW City Futures Research Centre (UNSW Built Environment) recently launched the CityViz website to make urban big data visible.

20 June 2016

We've had a few important people changes lately, including new eResearch Analyst Dr Paddy Tobias at UNE. We're very excited about Craig Hamilton's new leadership and direction for our Engineering team, and very grateful to Rodney Harrison as he passes the management baton after six years of contribution.