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26 November 2011

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

22 November 2011

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.

14 November 2011

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.

14 November 2011

Charles Sturt University is the tenth university member of Intersect.

01 November 2011

Congratulations to the many member researchers who have been awarded grants.

30 September 2011

Senator the Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research has announced the release of the 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure.

The 2011 Roadmap informs Government on where Australia should make future strategic infrastructure investments.

21 September 2011

NeCTAR has issued its formal Request for Proposals, see

15 September 2011

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.

Image - (L to R): Prof Mary O'Kane, NSW Chief Scientist and Engineer; Emeritus Prof Mark Wainwright AM, Chair of Intersect; Prof Les Field AM, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research), UNSW; Gabrielle Upton MP, Parliamentary Secretary for Tertiary Education and Skills; and Dr Ian Gibson CEO of Intersect.
26 August 2011

Allocations will be made for access to both McLaren and NCI facilities for the period from 1st October to 31st March 2012.

12 August 2011

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.

12 August 2011

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.

12 August 2011

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

12 August 2011

The call will remain open until 26th August. Allocations will be made for access to both McLaren and NCI facilities for the period from 1st October to 31st March 2012.

12 July 2011

The Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project has published its project plan at

01 June 2011

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.

01 June 2011

193 submissions to the 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure have been made public at

02 May 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.

Image - Intersect developers Andrey Chernyshov and Carlos Aya
20 April 2011

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.

01 April 2011

The 2011 Strategic Roadmap for Australian Research Infrastructure Discussion Paper has been released for comment at:

29 March 2011

The distribution of HPC resources has been agreed for the next six months.  Resource allocations can be viewed  here:

01 March 2011

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.

09 February 2011

09 February 2011

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.

09 February 2011

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

09 February 2011

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.

09 February 2011

09 February 2011

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.