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2010 News

13 December 2010

The Sydney Playground Database project has been deployed and is now live.

13 December 2010

The Sax Institute has awarded Intersect a major tender to deliver the NSW node of the Population Health Research Network Infrastructure (PHRN-i). Contracts have been signed and work on the concept phase of the project is well advanced.

13 December 2010

In a move to strengthen its data capability, the Department of Environment, Climate Change and Water NSW (DECCW) has become an Affiliate Member of Intersect. DECCW Manager, Spatial Data Programs, Malcolm Stephens says, “Our membership of Intersect will also bring increased collaborative opportunities for data and research projects with the broader University research community”, says Mr Stephens.

22 November 2010

Intersect conducted an HPC Resource Allocation round during September for the period 1 October 2010 to 31 March 2011.

22 November 2010

The University of Western Sydney (UWS) has joined Intersect, becoming the ninth university member.

10 November 2010

The NCW Beadle Herbarium collection contains some 80,000 plant specimens, but the database that manages this collection can only be used by a single user at a time. Intersect is upgrading the existing database to a web based relational database that will provide easy access to multiple users, with defined privileges, both on and off campus.

06 October 2010

The NSW Chief Scientist, Prof Mary O'Kane has launched Intersect’s latest Innovation project at UNSW saying, “For me this is the archetypical best form of eResearch: there is so much cross disciplinary work we’ll do as we see the computing world join research. Now it’s possible and this sort of project really makes it sensible; the fact that the data can be stored, tagged, sent around the world, bringing people from around the world into a project. We are bringing together some great researchers and research opportunities with fantastic infrastructure.”

Image - Pictured at the UNSW launch: UNSW's Prof Marc Wilkins; Intersect Chair, Prof Mark Wainwright; NSW Chief Scientist, Prof Mary O'Kane; Director of the Ramaciotti Centre, Prof Ian Dawes; UNSW's PVC(R), Strategy, Prof Margaret Harding; UNSW Dean of Science, Prof Merlin Crossley; and Intersect CEO, Dr Ian Gibson.
20 September 2010

Research into the prevention and treatment of breast cancer has stepped up with the deployment of Intersect’s latest project. The Breast Cancer Tissue Bank (BCTB) has a strong human tissue-based research focus and is building a large collection of breast cancer specimens to be used for future research.

30 July 2010

The Australian Health News Research Collaboration project has been deployed and is now live. The project provides convenient searching, streaming and downloading of videos via the Internet for approved researchers within and outside the University of Sydney.

13 July 2010

Intersect has formalised a partner-share in Australia’s most powerful supercomputer facility, the National Facility at National Computational Infrastructure (NCI), located at the Australian National University.  This makes Intersect one of the largest partners in the National Computational Infrastructure.

13 July 2010

A new tool to help researchers navigate their way to world-class microscopy and microanalysis capability has been launched at the Australian Conference of Microscopy and Microanalysis in Brisbane.

Developed by Intersect for the Australian Microscopy & Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF), the Technique Finder is the first of two main deliverables.  The Technique Finder is a web application that enables AMMRF users to identify the techniques most suited to their research, based on a researcher-centric approach and terminology as opposed to instrument oriented jargon.

Image - At the recent launch of the Technique Finder: the AMMRF's Communications & Design Officer, Uli Eichhorn; AMMRF General Manager, Dr Miles Apperley; Intersect eResearch Analyst, Dr Anne Cregan; AMMRF Marketing and Business Development Manager, Dr Jenny Whiting; and AMMRF Executive Director, Prof Simon Ringer. (Photo credit: Peter Hines, AMMRF.)
07 June 2010

Intersect has joined the Australian Access Federation (AAF) becoming the 35th member.  

14 May 2010

Intersect has been developing a position paper on NSW research data storage infrastructure, based on feedback received from the research community over the last few months. Version 3 has been circulated and can be found here). Consistent with previous drafts, the paper proposes a three-pronged approach towards achieving a robust infrastructure covering technical requirements, technical design and governance. Feedback continues to be useful and welcome. Version 5 of the Intersect Research Data Store paper can be found here.

05 May 2010

Intersect recently hosted two workshops with National eResearch Architecture Taskforce (NeAT) round 2 proponents on data mining (February 27) and the HASS sector (March 5), in an attempt to identify common research needs, leading users, existing technologies, and towards developing a shared service.

09 March 2010

The largest collection of schizophrenia research data in Australia has been given a technological boost with a commercial grade database worth $800,000, allowing high speed access to DNA, clinical records and brain scans for researchers.

NSW Minister for Science and Medical Research Hon, Jodi McKay MP launched the project saying, "This research bank allows for a greater level of collaboration among the many hard working researchers and clinicians across Australia who search for ways to deal with schizophrenia and for those who support people suffering from the condition".

Image - The Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank were (left to right): Prof Mike Calford, DV-CR, University of Newcastle; Prof Mark Wainwright, Chair of Intersect; Prof Vaughan Carr, Director of the Schizophrenia Research Institute; NSW Minister for Science and Medical Research, Hon Jodi McKay MP; Dr Carmel Loughland, Manager, Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank; Prof Nicholas Saunders, Vice-Chancellor, University of Newcastle; and Dr Ian Gibson, Intersect CEO.
05 March 2010

Begun in November 2009, the Genomic Data Analysis Innovation Project addresses the data management needs for the next-generation sequencing community. Next-generation sequencing is a fundamental technology in research areas involving diagnosis and treatment of disease, (especially cancer and autoimmune illnesses), food production and processing and environmental remediation.

05 March 2010

Intersect has added another project to its production cycle. is a communication tool operating in the health sector and is headed up by Professor Enrico Coiera, Director of Centre for Health Informatics at the University of UNSW.

05 March 2010

Substantial increases in research infrastructure funding were announced as part of the recent Federal budget. An additional $312M has been allocated to Platforms for Collaboration, PfC, related activities.

05 March 2010

Members will recall that the Intersect consortium was awarded an ARC LIEF grant in 2009 for a high performance computing cluster to replace one of the aging super computers at ac3.

05 March 2010

Intersect staff member Clare Sloggett has completed scoping data management requirements for the next-generation gene sequencers at UNSW's Ramaciotti Centre.

05 March 2010

Staff from Intersect and ANDS are collaborating on projects including developing guidelines for harvesting repositories towards the Registry of Collections. Staff from both agencies met on April 30 to discuss NeAT bids, joint approaches to those researchers, and to clarify areas of responsibility. ANDS business analyst Katie Blake has been based at Intersect since January.

05 March 2010

In the course of engagements with its members and other NSW-based institutions, Intersect identified that the research community of NSW has a strong and growing need for large scale infrastructure for storing, managing and sharing its research data, in particular where inter-institutional collaboration occurs.

05 March 2010

DataMINX is a NeAT supported project aiming to provide eResearch services and resources for the NCRIS 5.3 characterisation community of users of microscopy, neutron and x-ray instruments for probing molecular and materials structure.

05 March 2010

Version 3 of the paper outlining the planning for a NSW statewide collaborative research data infrastructure is now available here.

22 January 2010

The first round of our eResearch Survey ran at the University of Sydney, the University of Newcastle, University of New England and UNSW, and the findings were presented at the recent eResearch Australasia conference (presentation).