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Intersect’s Innovation Committee met last week and endorsed the next Innovation project for development. Flow Data Flow will simplify the process of cleaning and sharing time-series data, considerably reducing the time between data capture and data analysis. The technology delivered will be immediately applicable to most disciplines that use sensors to collect time-series data.
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Research leaders, science agency representatives and departmental heads gathered at the Intersect showcase today to discuss how the State’s peak eResearch organisation, Intersect is helping to revolutionise the way the research sector conducts its work.
Headlining the event were the Minister for Finance and Services, the Hon Greg Pearce, MLC; Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills, Gabrielle Upton, MP and Professor Les Field AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), UNSW.
NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer, Professor Mary O’Kane hosted the showcase at the NSW Trade and Investment Centre in Sydney. Around 80 guests moved between displays, manned by Intersect engineers, showing a range of Intersect developed projects.
Astronomy Australia Ltd has contracted Intersect to produce a concept design study and a fully costed project plan on the federation of national astronomy datasets. The final report will present an articulated vision of how Australian astronomers will ideally conduct day-to-day data intensive activities in 3-5 years.
The first round of the Securing Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting (MER) Data project is now functional and being deployed. Intersect assisted the Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) improve its data management capability for the NSW Natural Resource Monitoring Evaluating and Reporting program.
National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) is building national digital connectivity for Australian researchers. NeCTAR has important announcements in the offing, so for updates please subscribe.
Following the RDSI workshop on its NoDe program's "strawman model", there will be "tinman” consultations for more detail on the emerging NoDe program. This will lead to the Call for Nodes later in 2011.
The first of the federally funded National eResearch Architecture Taskforce projects to complete all deliverables has finished.
The Intersect team (including Andrey Chernyshov and Carlos Aya in the photo) has finished work on the Platforms for Collaboration project for the Australian Microscopy and Microanalysis Research Facility (AMMRF), which is a national grid of Australian university-based microscopy and microanalysis centres.
Intersect has begun work on an electronic data collection tool in collaboration with the Centre for Health Systems and Safety Research at the UNSW. The Work Observation Method by Activity Timing (WOMBAT) measures clinicians’ complex patterns of work and communication which traditional paper-based data collection methods are unable to capture.
Intersect is undertaking a number of Australian National Data Service (ANDS) projects for the University of Sydney, UNSW and the University of Wollongong. These projects will become part of the ANDS ‘Seeding the Commons’ and ‘Data Capture’ programs. The first to kick off is the Biomechanics Data Capture project for the University of Wollongong. More details soon.
The Environmental Metabolomics Information System (EMIS) will provide an online capability for recording and sharing information about metabolites discovered in samples of plants and soil via the Shimadzu GC-MS instrument. The EMIS will assist in moving from a largely paper-based and manual system to a more up-to-date, computerised approach for the recording, summation, enquiry, and management of the plant and soil metabolome data collected. This will enable handling greater data volumes, centralising all experiment data in one place, and greatly improving the ability to search the entire set of historical data and perform detailed analysis.
Researchers and IT managers may be aware that NeCTAR will soon publicly call for project proposals. Two programs of particular interest to members support disciplinary needs: Research Tools and Virtual Laboratories. The NeCTAR funding priorities in these programs are closely aligned to Intersect’s overall focus including prioritising research impact, community need, collaborative reach, scalability, reusability etc. For more information see http://www.nectar.unimelb.edu.au/
Two new Board members were appointed at Intersect's AGM today: Prof Neal Ryan, Pro Vice Chancellor (Research), Southern Cross University and Mr Bruce Meikle, Chief Information Officer, University of Sydney.
Thanks go to retiring directors Prof Mike Calford, DVC(R), University of Newcastle, and James Dalziel, Director, Macquarie ELearning Centre of Excellence.
Intersect has been engaged to support Bioplatforms Australia (BPA), and specifically the Bioinformatics Network on the Skills and Tools Registry project. BPA is responsible for building scientific infrastructure in the specialist fields of genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and bioinformatics, supporting Australian life science research via investments in technologies and expertise.