Intersect sponsors last weekend’s GovHack with a prize to encourage research sector involvement. In 2013 we hosted the Sydney event in our offices, with a bang!

Again, there were lots of opportunities for unis, students, and researchers to be involved over the weekend. 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...

Asia Pacific media tour Intersect RDSI node

An international delegation of journalists visited the Intersect RDSI node, the $2M cloud data platform that supports data intensive research and collaboration. 17 journalists travelled from 8 countries to learn about this Australian initiative, seen as a best practice implementation of big data storage and access. More atʉۻ

Intersect app using government data wins national plaudit

A partnership involving Intersect and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (amongst others) earned national recognition at the 2013 CitySwitch Green Office Awards for leadership in energy-efficiency. Download the Android appDownload the Apple app

LIEF: Congratulations to all Intersect consortium CIs!

The LIEF proposal to renew the Intersect partner share at the National Computational Infrastructure was successful.

This will enable researchers to tackle grand challenge research problems. 

Led by A/Prof Evatt Hawkes, Australian Research Council Future Fellow, UNSW.

Lowy and Intersect win inaugural ‘Big Data Big Impact’ grant

The award was presented to Dr Jason Wong, Dr Luke Hesson and Intersect’s Dr Joe Thurbon at the 2013 Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research.

The successful team from UNSW and Intersect will work on 'Exploring the Dark Matter of Cancer Genomes'. 

Intersect partners with Hitachi Data Systems for $2M Research Cloud in NSW. 

The two have signed Australia’s first teaming agreement to serve the network’s members. The memorandum gives research bodies access to the Hitachi R&D program as Intersect works toward a next-generation R&D centre.



Research impact through eResearch

Intersect is Australia's largest full-service eResearch support agency. We work closely with the research sector of NSW, including universities and relevant agencies.

Infrastructure Update

Our RDSI node is in full production

The latest statistics:

  • Total number of approved collections: 62
  • TBs approved: 5300
  • TBs ingested: 843


NeCTAR Research Cloud

Intersect has completed evaluation of the responses to our RFQ for provision of the Intersect node of the NeCTAR Research Cloud. The Infrastructure Committee is reviewing the Evaluation Committee report and its recommendation will be put to the Intersect Board.

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


New project start: CSIRO TAPPAS

CSIRO’s Plant Biosecurity Cooperative Research Centre has engaged Intersect to develop TAPPAS, a web-based Tool for Assessing Pest and Pathogen Aerial Spread.

Dataset Update: e-MAST

A rich dataset, which significantly improves modelling future climate scenarios and primary production, is now hosted on the Intersect research data node.  The Ecosystem Modelling and Scaling Infrastructure Facility (e-MAST) assembles data sets and software to integrate data into modeling applications. 


Professor Johanna Westbrook has been awarded the NSW iAwards ICT Professional of the Year. Intersect has worked closely with Professor Westbrook on the Android and web applications projects including WOMBAT The Work Observation Method by Activity Timing, which measures clinicians’ complex patterns of work and communication, and POSSUM, Precise Observational System for the Safe Use of Medications.

Learning & Development

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


ANDS Webinar: Can sharing research data raise your research profile?
Online 12.30-1.30pm AEST Register
38th APAN Meeting
Taipei or Nantou, Taiwan
National Science Week
Australia wide
ARMS 2014 Australasian Research Management Society
National Convention Centre, Canberra
eResearch Australasia 2014 - Towards Unified Global Research
Pullman Hotel, Albert Park Melbourne
2014 IEEE International Conference on Big Data and Cloud Computing
Building 11, UTS, Sydney