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.

THATCamp Sydney

Intersect and the State Library of NSW ran THATCamp Sydney on 30–31 October. Over 50 attended. THATCamp focuses on applying ICT to the practice of research in the humanities, be it using wikis and bibliographic management tools, performing text analysis and developing visualisations, or digitising an archive and bringing it online.

Research Data Storage: all go!

Our Research Data Storage node is ready for your data! Intersect is now hosting services and data on behalf of our members.

In many cases the hosting can be without cost.

We have capacity to store large datasets alongside significant computation power.

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.



Infrastructure Update

Our RDSI node is in full production

The latest statistics:

  • Total number of approved collections: 55
  • TBs approved: 5143
  • TBs provisioned: 740
  • TBs ingested: 321


NeCTAR Research Cloud forecast

Intersect’s submission of NeCTAR architecture has been approved and we are proceeding with procurement. Our target for an active node remains Q3.

Service Desk
A centralised service desk system will soon provide support for our infrastructure (HPC, RDSI and NeCTAR node) and to our users. We have selected a vendor and are completing final negotiations with the aim of having the new system in production before long.


A Chief Operating Officer for Intersect

Marc Bailey has signed on as Intersect’s Chief Operating Officer, joining us from his role as CIO at Macquarie University. More 

All Sky Virtual Laboratory takes off

The Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO), has been launched by Swinburne University of Technology. Intersect worked closely with Swinburne on the project.

More and  Background

New project work: POSSUM

Intersect has begun another great tablet based project in the health and medical research space. POSSUM stands for Precise Observational System for the Safe Use of Medications. Briefly..

Grant news

Intersect has assisted with more than 45 grant applications in Q1. Researchers are invited to contact their local eResearch Analyst for assistance in development of Data Management Plans and committing Intersect services as in-kind contributions to proposals.

Learning & Development

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


Increasing research impact: innovations in digital humanities
LAW SEMINAR ROOM 442, Eastern Avenue, USyd
Virtual Data Citers' catch up: DOIs and data citation, back to basics.
online 12.30-1.30pm AEST Register
CeBIT Australia 2014
Sydney Olympic Park
Becoming a data librarian - everything you wanted to know ...
Webinar noon to 1pm
Museums Australia Conference
Launceston, Tasmania
EduTECH 2014
Brisbane Convention Centre