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.

Missing: Johan Boshoff and Georgina Edwards.

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.

Infrastructure Update

Our data storage facility is in full production. 

The latest statistics:

  • Total number of approved collections: 69
  • TBs approved: 5750
  • TBs ingested: 1190


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


David Toll joins Intersect

David Toll this week joins Intersect as our new Member Services Manager. 

“Intersect is a very successful model of collaboration” commented Toll, “and I’m looking forward to working with the university members and the Intersect team to progress the collaboration agenda.”  More..

Congratulations Andrew Wells

Congratulations to Andrew Wells, UNSW University Librarian (& former ‪Intersect Board member) on being awarded the Ifould Medal. 

The Ifould Medal
 is awarded for distinguished and sustained achievement as a professional librarian, archivist or curator consistent with the mission and values, vision and strategic priorities of the State Library of New South WalesMore..

Global Digital Humanities at UWS

DH2015 logo

The University of Western Sydney is playing a major role in Australasian digital humanities by hosting DH2015, the international Digital Humanities conference in June - July 2015. 

This is the first time the conference is being held outside of the EU/US and demonstrates Australia’s growing maturity in the digital humanities, and the leading role UWS is taking in this discipline. More..

Learning & Development

The following sessions are scheduled to take place in the near future:

24 Nov 2014: Excel for Researchers at Macquarie University. Please register at

24 November 2014: Excel for Researchers at UWS (Bankstown campus). Please register at

27 Nov 2014: Excel for Researchers at UWS (Kingswood campus). Please register at

28 Nov 2014: Excel for Researchers at UNSW. Please register at UNSW.

3 Dec 2014: Excel Fu: Excel for Researchers at MQ. Registration TBA.

4 Dec 2014: UTS - Excel for Researchers. Register at

5 Dec 2014: UTS- Cleaning & exploring your data with Open Refine. Register at

5 Dec 2014: UTS - Data Visualisation with Google Fusion Tables. Register at

For more information, see


ANDS/Intersect RDM Roundtable: Data Curation
ANDS Release 14: A closer look
Webinar 12:30 – 13:30 AEDT
Australasian Computer Science Week (ACSW) 2015
UWS School of Computing Engineering and Mathematics
39th APAN Meeting
Fukuoka, Japan
Museums and the Web conference
CeBIT Australia 2014
Sydney Olympic Park
THETA 2015
Gold Coast Qld
Museums Australia Conference
Town Hall, Sydney