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

Introducing Space.intersect.org.au
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...

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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: 1020

 

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 deployed into Macquarie Telecom's IC2 data centre where it will be 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

News

Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Laboratory (BCCVL) is now live

The Biodiversity & Climate Change Virtual Lab, of which Intersect is a development partner, has gone live. Researchers interested in ecology, biodiversity and climate change now have access to a portal that simplifies the process of biodiversity and climate-change modelling. 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.

 

Dataset Story: Bilingualism in the bush, UNE

With one in four Australians born overseas, a project focusing on bilingualism in the bush helps investigate how immigrant families in regional Australian centres maintain their children's home languages in the absence of the critical mass of speakers, networks and resources found in metropolitan areas. The data collection consists of a growing volume of video and audio files stored on the Intersect facility. The objective of the research is to establish how families from multicultural backgrounds can best be supported through community and educational services to ensure that children grow up bilingual, with the attendant benefits of improved cognitive, social and academic skills. 

The Bilingualism in the Bush collection is part of an ARC Discovery project undertaken by Margaret Sims, Professor of Early Childhood at the University of New England.

 

Congratulations

A team including Intersect’s Dr Joe Thurbon, UNSW’s Dr Jason Wong and Dr Luke Hesson 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.

With the premise that mutations in the 'dark matter' of the human genome are a frequent event that can lead to cancer, the team commenced their research by analysing over 100 terabytes of publically available data. Stage 2 of the project will examine the extent to which these mutations are present. Identification of these mutations will not only provide a better understanding of cancer biology, but can immediately provide new ways to personalise therapy for cancer patients. In the longer term, it may also allow novel drug treatments to be developed for cancer.

Learning & Development

The following sessions are scheduled to take place in the near future:
1 October 2014: Introduction to Unix for HPC" Please register at UNSW.
3 October 2014: Excel Fu: Ask Me Anything: Show and Tell. Please register at https://intersect-excel-fu-hangout2.eventbrite.com.au
7 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at Sydney University. Please register at https://intersect-1064.eventbrite.com.au
10 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at SCU Lismore. Please register at http://intersect-1043.eventbrite.com.au
15 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at UWS (Hawkesbury campus). Please register at https://intersect-1073.eventbrite.com.au
17 October 2014: Excel Fu: Ask Me Anything: Show and Tell. Please register at https://intersect-excel-fu-hangout3.eventbrite.com.au
21 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at UWS (Bankstown campus). Please register at https://intersect-1074.eventbrite.com.au
21 October 2014: Excel for Researchers at University of Sydney (ANZAC Research Institute, Concord) Please register at https://intersect-1065.eventbrite.com.au
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 https://intersect-1066.eventbrite.com.au
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 https://intersect-1067.eventbrite.com.au
7 November 2014: Excel for Researchers at CSU (Orange campus). Please register at https://intersect-1072.eventbrite.com.au

Events

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ANDS Webinar: Citing Dynamic Data sets
2-3pmAEST
Oct
07
Museums and the Web Asia conference
Daejeon and Seoul, South Korea
Oct
16
Open Data Forum
Justice and Police Museum, Sydney
Oct
21
HPC User Forum
Hyatt Hotel Canberra
Oct
27
eResearch Australasia 2014 - Towards Unified Global Research
Pullman Hotel, Albert Park Melbourne
Oct
29
ITS in Universities
Victoria University City Convention Centre, Melbourne