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Intersect News #86 February 2016

23 February 2016

Foreword by Marc...

Welcome to Intersect News for 2016. We've been busy since Christmas and have a bunch of articles to share in a new look format.
The new year has kicked off with optimism and opportunity for Intersect, its members and researchers.

Read on to find out about our success in the NSW RAAP grants, the results of our hpc.Time supercomputing merit allocations and more. Both NSW and national supercomputer facilities were oversubscribed by an overall factor of 2.4 demonstrating once again the increasing demand for high performance computing. Tangible guidelines for security and privacy are pumping out of for dealing with health and medical data in the national context. This month's member spotlight shines on Western Sydney University and our interactions via senior eResearch Analyst Peter Bugeia. We also congratulate NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane on her appointment as Companion of the Order of Australia, and celebrate the Alveo Virtual Lab securing NCRIS 2016 funding.

Our innovative team is hard at work on exciting new projects that I can't wait to share with you next time, so watch this space...

24 February 2016

Intersect Australia secured $0.5M from the 2015/16 NSW Government Research Attraction & Acceleration Program for NCRIS facilities, following a competitive grants round process. The funding will sustain continuity and momentum in our NSW eResearch Nexus Facility. This facility is the physical foundation for Intersect Space and Time, the digital storage, cloud and supercomputing technologies that underpin innovative and collaborative leading-edge research at member and other research organisations.

19 February 2016

The Intersect hpc.Time 2016 Resource Allocation Round (RAR) closed in November 2015 with nearly 90 eligible proposals being received. As in previous years, both and machines were significantly oversubscribed.  In total, approximately 35M core hours of HPC have been allocated to members from total requests of 84M core hours.  

Intersect will continue to undertake six-weekly reviews of HPC allocations throughout 2016 to ensure optimal use of available machine resources for researchers.  

18 February 2016

Alveo, the Nectar Virtual Lab for Human Communication Science, has secured NCRIS 2016 funding, ensuring continuity of this groundbreaking corpus and platform for another year. Congratulations to Project Manager Dominique Estival and Product Owner Steve Cassidy.

In this new stage, the project team will consolidate operations, deploy the data upload facility requested by users, improve the ingestion of large datasets, such as AusTalk, an audiovisual corpus of modern Australian English and the Trove digitised newspaper corpus. 

Image - Alveo's home page
18 February 2016

Data backup confidence is something every researcher needs, but often doesn't have. Intersect DeepSpace may be the answer you're looking for to protect your backup data and comply with code of conduct, grant and publication guidelines. DeepSpace offers cloud storage optimised for integrity and longevity by retaining online, nearline and offline copies of your research data. Offline data is kept on high-density digital tape housed in defense-grade offsite vault storage for disaster recovery.

DeepSpace long-term data storage
18 February 2016

2015 saw Intersect set a record with 1,500 researcher placements in 160 eResearch training courses.  2016 promises to be even bigger with 115 researchers already trained at eight courses since the start of the year. Demand for our training is increasing and we plan to train 1,600 researchers in 2016 at various locations. What would you be interested in learning more in 2016? Take our instant survey here...

18 February 2016

Welcome to our new eResearch trainers Kai Wang and Claire Hardgrove who are presenting training courses at some of our member universities. We are also in the process of recruiting new trainers for the University of Newcastle, Australian Catholic University and Charles Sturt University.  

18 February 2016

The ANDS 23 (Research Things) is commencing on the 1st of March 2016, so get ready and register for the kick off webinar. The 23 Things is a community building activity based on the Research Data Alliance concept of 23 Things for Research Data.

18 February 2016

Security and personal privacy are of the utmost importance when it comes to health and medical data derived from human study participants. 
Intersect, on behalf of, recently developed a suite of user-friendly guides about eight security technology services that are required to ensure that privacy is maintained when identifiable digital information is stored and used.

17 February 2016

Peter Bugeia is Intersect eResearch Analyst at Western Sydney University. A member of Intersect since 2010, Western Sydney’s usage of Intersect’s products and services has blossomed over the past years with an increased use of HPC, research data storage and management, training, as well as consulting and advisory services. 

28 January 2016

Intersect celebrates New South Wales Chief Scientist and Engineer Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane’s appointment as Companion of the Order of Australia in the Australia Day honours 2016 for her outstanding work in supporting science and research over the past decades.

Image - New South Wales Chief Scientist and Engineer Emeritus Professor Mary O’Kane OA
16 December 2015

Congratulations to Mirela Tulbure and the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab at the University of New South Wales for winning a 2015 NSW Tall Poppy Science Award for their work on Surface Water Dynamics. 

Image - Marck Broich and Mirela Tulbure.