Our RDSI node is now in full production. There are now 48 approved collections and 1300 Tbs of storage allocated.
Our “Proof of Concept” project for the provision of NoDe storage directly to members is progressing and should be completed by the end of next month.
Last week an international delegation of journalists visited Sydney to learn about 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.
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.
In November Intersect partnered with the NSW Government Department of Finance and Services and the Sax Institute to host an Open Data forum, workshop on data linkage, and subsequent panel discussion, as part of the NSW Government Open Data and ICT policies.
The forum featured addresses by the Minister for Finance and Services, the Hon Andrew Constance; Director General NSW Department of Finance and Services, Laurie Glanfield; Australian Information Commissioner, Professor John McMillan AO; and NSW Privacy Commissioner Elizabeth Coombs.
The Intersect-led consortium of 11 universities was successful with an ARC LIEF grant for funding commencing in 2014 entitled “Renewing Intersect's share of the National Computational Infrastructure's peak facility”.
Intersect has completed development work on the extensions to the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank (ASRB). The ASRB supports all scientists investigating schizophrenia across Australia and internationally. It's is now used by over 21 national & international institutes and its impact on schizophrenia research is remarkable.
Intersect and the State Library of NSW ran the first THATCamp Sydney on 30 – 31 October. Over 50 people attended THATCamp, attendees coming from Sydney, Melbourne, Canberra, Wollongong and Newcastle. THATCamp stands for 'The Humanities and Technology Camp'; it focuses on the application of information and communication technology to the practice of research in the humanities.
The inaugural Big Data Big Impact award has been presented to Dr Jason Wong, Dr Luke Hesson and Intersect’s Dr Joe Thurbon at the 2013 Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research by NSW Chief Scientist Professor Mary O'Kane and Emeritus Professor Mark Wainwright AM FTSE.
Around 60 people attended the Sharing Government Data Forum in late April, with large contingents from NSW Government agencies and the research sector – universities, CSIRO and NICTA. Headline speakers included Deirdre O’Donnell, NSW Information Commissioner, Stuart Coleman of the Open Data Institute, UK and Pia Waugh, Director Gov 2.0, Federal Department of Finance.
Intersect hosted 60 developers in its office over the weekend 31 May – 2 June 2013 as part of the first national GovHack. Nationally the competition involved over 1000 participants, 130 competition entries and the $170,000 in prize money.
Intersect has begun work on the Human Communication Science (HCS) Virtual Laboratory, a University of Western Sydney led project that will connect HCS researchers with a range of tools by which they can analyse corpora previously spread across various sites with varying degrees of accessibility.
HCS research encompasses areas such as speech science, computer science, behavioural science, linguistics, music cognition, musicology, sonics and acoustics. The cross-disciplinary nature of the tools and corpora in HCS vLab promises to facilitate research that will provide new insights into old problems.
The Intersect RDSI node is now accepting nominations of research data collections for storage on the node. For data to be eligible, it must assessed as "valuable for future research" by Intersect's Storage Allocation Committee. We encourage all researchers to nominate research data that is valuable for your future research - it need not currently be in your possession.
Opening the recent eResearch Showcase at Charles Sturt University, DVCR Professor Sue Thomas said “we can't do a lot on our own, but through the use of our Intersect partnership we can access structures and research data and tools”. She then challenged the researchers present by asking “...what might you now tackle?”
Call for Participation is now open: share your expertise and findings. Practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines are invited to participate in eResearch Australasia 2013, 20 - 25 October, Brisbane
Intersect and the NSW State Government are organising an invitation-only forum with the purpose of identifying how opening NSW Government data to university research can provide value, both to NSW State agencies as well as for university research.
Intersect hosted a week long hackfest bringing together national teams working on consolidating approaches to 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).
The Australian eResearch Organisations (AeRO) that have been delivering the ARCS Data Fabric research storage service since 2011 wish to advise users that the systems providing this service have reached the end of their life and this service will close on 19th April 2013.
The Intersect consortium of NSW’s application, for a flexible architecture High Performance Computing facility has been successful. Lead Chief Investigator, University of Sydney’s Prof Leo Radom says, “thank you to everyone who contributed to this success”.
Intersect welcomes Terry Versace as Operations & Business Development Manager, and Joe Thurbon as Member Services Manager. Terry's role covers two key aspects of the business: company operations and business development, including establishing a business portfolio with a broad base of research organisations.
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.
Intersect’s new supercomputer Orange has been launched by NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Professor Mary O’Kane.Assembled by SGI and hosted at IC2, Orange will support world-class research from the universities of NSW.
“Intersect has become an absolutely pivotal part of the State’s research infrastructure and of the State’s research”, Professor O’Kane said. “All sorts of new research has happened, as researchers in the humanities, creative arts, medical areas see what you can do with eResearch and eResearch platforms”.
Data Direct Networks (DDN) will provide storage for a node of Australia's Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI), a $AUD50m project aimed at creating a pool of storage the nation's researchers can use to house large quantities of data, the better to feed it into the nation's supercomputers and subject it other forms of analysis.
Intersect's Resource Allocation Committee has allocated 2013 HPC resources to users of Intersect’s partner share on the NCI National Facility systems at ANU and on the new system "Orange" currently being installed.