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Intersect is offering training in the following topics in the near future:

  • HPC for WIMPS: A two day introduction to HPC computing.
  • HPC for the CLUEy: A half day introduction to our HPC computing facilities for those with Command Line Unix Experience.
  • Advanced HPC: An introduction to Parallel Programming in C or Fortran.
  • Google Refine: A half day introduction for data cleaning and exploration.

The following sessions are scheduled:

  • 7 May 2012: Advanced HPC at Intersect
  • 6-7 June 2012: HPC for WIMPS at NEWCASTLE
  • 23-24 August 2012: HPC for WIMPS at Intersect.

To register, and see dates, please visit You can also download our course resources for self-paced study, ongoing reference, or to help determine if a course is right for you.

Expect the next call for NeCTAR proposals to be announced soon. NeCTAR’s RFP is the process by which the Australian research community can apply for funding to create or develop research infrastructure. Stage 2 RFP release is scheduled for 30 April.

So get ready: speak to your research communities, eResearch organisations and software support experts to collaborate on proposals you may submit.  To reference information on NeCTAR programs see, (these documents will be updated).

Intersect has completed work on a metadata management project for neutron beam instrument data at the Bragg Institute, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.

Dr Nick Hauser of the Bragg Institute’s Neutron Beam Instruments Project said, “All data created while running experiments on our instruments can now be stored securely, along with its associated metadata.  Principal Investigators now have secure access via the Internet to their experimental data and can manage access to this data. Users can search for all experimental data accessible by them. This includes data belonging to them and any publicly available data”.

The project is part of a broader initiative involving the Australian Synchotron and VeRSI and is supported by the Australian National Data Service (ANDS).

The next round of resource allocations for HPC resources opens today and remains open until 24th February. Allocations will be made for access to both McLaren and NCI facilities for the period from 1st April to 30th September 2012.
Applications can be made online at New users, including from smaller institutions, non-traditional HPC disciplines as well as research students, are encouraged to use the HPC facilities.

Intersect and the other state-based eResearch service providers are convening a forum aimed at strengthening national eResearch on 20 February.

The forum is particularly relevant in a period when new national RDSI and NeCTAR services are to be established and the Strategic Roadmap for eResearch Infrastructure evolves. The forum is open to all interested parties. For more information see or email

NeCTAR is currently negotiating 23 successful projects, selected from more than 80 project proposals submitted last November. One third of all proposals received, worth $23 million, are progressing to the contract negotiation phase.

Intersect was involved in 19 proposals, eight of which have gone forward, being 4 eResearch tools and 4 virtual laboratories.

The 23 projects under negotiation include 5 Virtual Laboratories in the fields of astronomy, environmental change/weather science, humanities, characterisation and genomics; 15 eResearch Tools across a mix of disciplines and 3 Research Cloud proposals. More at

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To respond to the RDSI Node proposal and expressions of interest please refer to the Node proposal and expressions of interest document, the RDSI template subcontract for a node and an updated version of the Project Plan.

For questions regarding this call please email

Have your say on eResearch: participate in our online survey. The survey focuses on technology and its impact on how you conduct research. Your responses will help us advocate on your behalf, as well as to establish priorities at your university.

This is the first longitudinal survey investigating eResearch practices and attitudes across the higher education sector. It opened in 2009 across seven NSW universities, with over 1,000 participants. First round reports are at

This survey takes 20 minutes, go to

Charles Sturt University is the tenth university member of Intersect.

“Joining the consortium allows Charles Sturt University to exploit the extensive eResearch capabilities that Intersect has built to date", said Intersect CEO Ian Gibson. “As a distributed regional university, Charles Sturt is poised to reap great benefit from this membership, and we aim to help CSU maximise its research capabilities”.

Intersect now represents all ten NSW universities.