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2016 News

01 December 2016

Intersect CEO Marc Bailey is one of the judges of the IDG CIO50 list, out now. Congratulations to HigherEd CIOs William Confalonieri from Deakin and Kenneth Udas from USQ for making the top 15.

14 November 2016

Associate Professor Daniel Catchpoole and his team, including Intersect Australia, were awarded the 2016 Cancer Institute NSW Premier's Awards for Outstanding Cancer Research (Big Data, Big Impact Grant - Stage 2) for ‘Deep Learning of Complex Genomics Data for Effective Clinical Decisions’.

19 October 2016

We now offer five new courses for researchers, with three programming languages Python, R and MATLAB; Version Control With Git, and Advanced Regular Expressions. Check these and all our other courses out at

13 July 2016

Professor Clare Collins and Dr Megan Rollo are committed to finding nutrition research solutions to tackle Australia’s obesity epidemic, harnessing technology and the power of online platforms and the media to get the message out on a big scale via the Australian Eating Survey.

12 July 2016

Researcher training is one of the highest rated and most consistently valued things we do in our mission to increase research productivity. We're always being asked for new and different subject material, contextualised in a way that makes sense to researchers and scientists. In response to strong demand for researchers at member institutions, we have great pleasure in announcing a new set of targeted courses.

04 July 2016

To provide up-to-date relevant legislative, ethical and security information specifically to the Australian health and medical research community, the Intersect-led national project undertook extensive research into the legislative and best practice landscape that impacts on data-driven human research in Australia. A new interactive guide is now available.

01 July 2016

The NSW node of the NeCTAR Research Computing Cloud moved to a consumption model to sustain its future in the national eResearch landscape from July 1. Here's what this means to you.

28 June 2016

Intersect congratulates Founding CEO Professor Mike Briers on his appointment as Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia in the 2016 Queens Birthday Honours for distinguished service to the finance and digital technology sectors, particularly in the area of data intensive research and analysis, to higher education, and to Judo.

28 June 2016

Dr Richard Berry joined Intersect as the eResearch Analyst at the University of Newcastle in October 2015. A former Neuroscientist and Defence civilian, he also holds postgraduate qualifications in IT and works closely with the UON Research Services and IT teams to help integrate computing into everyday research practice.

Headshot of Richard Berry, University of Newcastle eResearch Analyst
26 June 2016

Cleaning up textual data is a useful skill in a world where digitised documents are a critical research resource. Humanities and arts researchers and research support librarians put Intersect analyst Aidan Wilson’s data wrangling know-how to the test recently in a Regular Expressions workshop at the Digital Humanities Australasia 2016 conference at the University of Tasmania. 

Aidan Wilson
25 June 2016

With the democratisation of information and analytics, more and more data is made available to planners and policy makers, community groups and others interested in city plan making. Professor Chris Pettit and the UNSW City Futures Research Centre (UNSW Built Environment) recently launched the CityViz website to make urban big data visible.

20 June 2016

We've had a few important people changes lately, including new eResearch Analyst Dr Paddy Tobias at UNE. We're very excited about Craig Hamilton's new leadership and direction for our Engineering team, and very grateful to Rodney Harrison as he passes the management baton after six years of contribution.

12 May 2016

La Trobe University has announced it will use the full range of services provided by the eResearch consortium, Intersect Australia.  

These will include high performance computing (HPC) for advanced studies – especially in the fields of molecular modelling and computational chemistry – as well as software training and data storage.

Photo La Trobe University
08 May 2016

Dr Luc Small joined Intersect in May 2010, first as eResearch Analyst at the University of Technology Sydney before returning to his home town of Canberra to take up a similar role at the University of Canberra (UC).

Working closely with university colleagues, including the eResearch Committee, Luc is currently focused on provisioning research data storage to UC researchers. Researchers at UC can now choose between Intersect SpaceShuttle storage and a locally-based research cluster depending on the type of data being stored, the research workflow, collaboration needs, and proximity to required compute infrastructure. Luc is also coordinating the overall Intersect training program, focusing on meeting the changing eResearch training needs of all Intersect member organisations. 

07 May 2016

Intersect recently started working on the Research Data Services Food and Health Flagship: Omics Data Services Platform, in association with VicNode and QCIF. The work at Intersect is being led by Dr. Jeff Christiansen. The website is currently being developed at: logo
07 May 2016

OwnTime, our private cloud computing service, is gaining momentum with researchers from UNSW, UTS and commercial customers now using OwnTime for compute-intensive applications. OwnTime provides access to large Virtual Machines (VM) configurations of up to 64 cores and 1000 GB RAM and can be accessed by any researcher, including for commercial research. VMs are charged on a fee-for-service basis. Technical specifications and pricing are available here. logo
06 May 2016

Linking data is a structuring method being used by researchers and search service providers.  Researchers in diverse domains e.g. glycomics and linguistics use linked open data in tandem with computational methods, to share, annotate and publish their research data.  

Flickr - Reed Sturtevant Linked Data (Semantic Web) candies
05 May 2016

Researchers from the Geospatial Analysis for Environmental Change Lab (UNSW) led by Mirela Tulbure and Mark Broich recently released a new paper on mapping surface water and flooding dynamics over the Murray-Darling Basin using three decades of time series of satellite data.  Using Intersect Space storage and hpc.time, they mapped surface water and flooding dynamics (SWD) continuously through time (seasons and years over three decades)  in the Murray-Darling Basin, a large (>1 million km2) semi-arid basin that experienced extreme hydroclimatic variability and competing water demands. [Download the paper]

Tulbure Broich GAEC
05 May 2016

eResearch training courses have been ramping up with over 500 researchers trained by Intersect since the start of the year across campuses from our membership. Software carpentry courses have been especially in high demand, with a lot of interest from researchers who attended the recent intensive 2-day workshop delivered by our Software Carpentry accredited trainer eRA Jared Berghold. Intersect is pleased to announce that we now have more Software Carpentry accredited trainers, to help researchers and higher degree research students (HDRs). Check our training schedule. 

The University of Sydney OSA/SPIE Student Chapter
04 May 2016

As Dr Ghulam Murtaza (photo: Left) moves this month from being the eResearch Analyst at Australian Catholic University (ACU) to become the Digital Research Analyst at La Trobe University based at the Bundoora campus, Aidan Wilson (photo: Right) has been appointed eResearch Analyst for ACU to be based at the North Sydney campus. Please say hello when you meet our new eResearch Analysts.  

Photo Ghulam Murtaza (LTU) and Aidan Wilson (ACU)
03 May 2016

Join the next monthly Tech Talk on 'Digital Object Identifiers' organised by ANDS and hosted at Intersect, 309 Kent St, Sydney on Friday, 10 June 2016 from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM with Gerry Ryder (ANDS), Anitha Kannan (Monash eResearch Centre), and others. Free event followed by drinks and informal networking. Register here. 

Tech talk DOI - ANDS Intersect
02 May 2016

The Australian National Data Service (ANDS) has launched a campaign to promote the real-life research data impact – and is looking for your stories.  The #dataimpact campaign aims to show the tangible benefits of research data, and how it benefits Australia. This could be, for example, helping protect native animal species, improving education outcomes or even saving lives. More at

Data impact logo
04 April 2016

Health Minister, the Hon. Sussan Ley announces membership of the MRFF Advisory Board today . The Advisory Board is responsible for developing strategy and funding Priorities for the fund.

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