The new national urban intelligence initiative AURIN (Australian Urban Research Infrastructure Network) has been launched, providing access to thousands of data sets—from Australian Property Monitors to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, from Geoscience Australia to city councils.
Intersect was involved as one of the technology providers on the project.
Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Lab goes live. The BCCVL allows researchers to project future outcomes using emission scenarios and climate models by combining common experiment types, datasets and processing power, all within the cloud. Intersect was a development partner in the BCCVL.
Guest speaker at Intersect's Showcase was the Hon Dominic Perrottet MP, State Minister for Finance and Services who spoke on "how collaboration is changing technology within government, our relationship with industry and the economy itself. I don't have to tell anyone at Intersect the importance of collaboration. It's very much in the DNA of your organisation."
We are working to identify how to approve the data holdings of a large research centre, or the outputs of core facilities. Intersect's eResearch Analysts are the first points of contact for enquiries about our Research Data Storage node.
We assisted with more than 45 grant applications in Q1. Researchers are invited to contact their local eResearch Analyst for assistance in development of Data Management Plans and committing Intersect services as in-kind contributions to proposals.
Intersect is currently coordinating a LIEF application for a large shared memory HPC cluster, led by Prof Marc Wilkins, UNSW.
Swinburne University of Technology launched the Theoretical Astrophysical Observatory (TAO). Intersect worked closely with Swinburne on the project, particularly in designing the web experience.
Funded by the Australian Government's NeCTAR project, TAO is a free online astronomy virtual laboratory that allows scientists to build complex customised views of the Universe, from their own computer.
Intersect hosted a week long hackfest which brought together national teams to work on storing and serving Australian gridded datasets. The group created a new open source web application, called the Spatially Explicit Data Discovery, Extraction and Evaluation Service (SPEDDEXES).
Intersect has begun work on a major AURIN project. The NSW Housing Demonstrator Data Hub will provide an initial test bed for the development of an integrated spatially referenced database of key housing data drawn from a variety of sources. The central aim is to build a fully spatially co-referenced set of interlinked data bases on the property record of all residential properties in NSW.