Intersect News #77 December 2014

3 Dec 2014

Explore new services, seek out new answers and new products. Boldly go.

At Intersect, we’re here to make research life easier, so it’s only natural that we’re launching a new one-stop researcher experience called

By visiting you can let us know about a problem, ask for help, or find information. It’s also a brand new one-stop home for our catalogue of products and services going forward.

We’ve been quietly working behind the scenes to make sure you won’t have to. Today visiting or emailing means you’ll experience better service and be better informed, and that we’ll be more responsive and more accountable.

In time everything we offer will be available to order faster and with less friction in this way. We’ll begin with in the new year, following with resource and storage allocation round processing.

You can get started by signing in with your own credentials through the Australian Access Federation (at participating organisations).

Check out and boldly go.

New executive team

Meet Intersect’s new executive team: David Toll, Marc Bailey, Dr Derek Van Dyk, Shane Youl, Dr Ian Gibson and Rodney Harrison, Johan Boshoff. Georgina Edwards is on maternity leave.

Profiles at

CEO addresses the Association of Australian Medical Research Institutes

Dr Ian Gibson and Dr Derek Van Dyk (centre) attended the AAMRI dinner, held in the Great Hall of Parliament House, Canberra.

AAMRI’s 2014 National Convention saw 100 delegates from medical research institutes across the country converging on Canberra to discuss and celebrate medical research. The Medical Research Future Fund was a focus of the convention, as was funding for the indirect costs of research, benchmarking and community engagement in research.

Intersect CEO Dr Ian Gibson was invited to speak to the convention, and informed delegates of a new national initiative, provisionally named the Australian National Medical Research Data Storage Facility (ANMRDSF). The facility will, for the first time, enable the sharing of health and medical data sets generated, curated and managed by many of the dozens of universities, medical research institutes and State government health departments who contribute to health and medical research in Australia. Watch this space for more.

More on the Convention here.

Space Report: Changes to merit subsidies announced

The closing date for the final round of merit subsidised (RDSI ReDS) storage is 31st December 2014. The RDSI Project has released timelines for completion of ingestion and due to this all applicants that enjoy a merit allocation must begin their data ingestion into Space before 30th June 2015. While we would like all successful applicants to be able to maximise their allocations we understand that many may not be able to within the timeframes constrained by the RDSI project. If this is you, we’re asking at this time for you to voluntarily release your allocation so that it can be redistributed to other projects in the interests of resource efficiency. Please speak with your local Intersect eResearch Analyst (link to contacts) about your individual situation or contact to discuss further.

For more information and FAQs about this please see our website.

Our storage node is in full production. The latest statistics are:

  • Total number of approved collections: 79
  • TBs approved: 6000
  • TBs ingested: 1250

Data Story: P.R.S. Mani, Indian journalist and nationalist 1945-1949

The PRS Mani collection documents the struggle for independence in SE Asia. Mani was an Indian journalist and a foreign correspondent in the British Army in Indonesia at the time during which India and Indonesia were seeking independence.

The collection, bequested to and arranged by UTS’s Professor Heather Goodall, includes 1000 items including Army dispatches, Mani’s personal diary, articles from the Free Press of India and correspondence including with Sukharno and Nehru.

Mani reported on the experiences of Indian soldiers in Burma and Malaya during WW2 and also after its end when the British led the SE Asian Command and deployed Indian troops against nationalist forces in Vietnam and Indonesia. These troops, being forced to suppress anti-colonial struggles and fight Indonesian or Burmese nationalists were often conflicted. Mani was writing dispatches for the British but also keeping a diary of his observations and feelings in this key period. His work is the only known Indian-authored account of the events.

This collection opens a new perspective (i.e. the Indian and Indonesian side) on momentous events, which shaped decolonisation in the Indian Ocean and ushered in the rise of the non-aligned movement.

The collection is supported by the UTS Faculty of Arts and Social Science (FASS), UTSeScholarship (UTS Library), UTSeResearch, Library Access Services and Intersect.

More at


Linda Barwick

Congratulations to newly elected Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities – Professor Linda Barwick

The Fellowships are one of the highest honours for achievement in the humanities in Australia.

Johan Boshoff: on target

We have an Australian champion in our midst! Member Services Manager Johan Boshoff recently came second (to the New Zealand national champion) in the Australian 3D Archery Association National Championships.

Johan is now the Australian 3DAAA national Shooter of the Year in the Male Bowhunter Fingers division.  Johan is also the NSW State Series Champion. This latest award allows Johan to represent Australia at the IBO World Championships in the US in August 2015.

Grant news

Congratulations to all those who were successful in the recently announced ARC competitive grants round for 2015.

Intersect is pleased to be assisting with in-kind commitments to the following grants:

  • Dr Jason Stoessel’s “Discovery Canonic techniques and musical change from c 1330 to c 1530”, University of New England
  • Dr Rose Andrew’s, “What are the roles of ancient variants and interspecific gene flow in Eucalyptus diversification?”, University of New England
  • Prof Sarah Kenderdine’s “DOMELAB”, University of New South Wales
  • Dr. Peter Unmac’s “Parisitism in Carp Grudgeons”, University of Canberra.


– 3 Dec 2014: Excel Fu: Excel for Researchers at MQ. Registration TBA.

– 4 Dec 2014: UTS – Excel for Researchers. Register at

– 5 Dec 2014: UTS- Cleaning & exploring your data with Open Refine. Register at

– 5 Dec 2014: UTS – Data Visualisation with Google Fusion Tables. Register at

– 18 Dec 2014: UTS – Excel for Researchers. Register at

– 19 Dec 2014: UTS – Excel for Researchers. Register at

For more information, see

Global Digital Humanities at UWS

The University of Western Sydney is playing a major role in Australasian digital humanities by hosting DH2015, the international Digital Humanities conference in June – July 2015.

This is the first time the conference is being held outside of the EU/US and demonstrates Australia’s growing maturity in the digital humanities, and the leading role UWS is taking in this discipline. Registration and accommodation bookings are now open at ‪ 


Intersect is looking for an eResearch Analyst at the Australian Catholic University, located in Melbourne. See


Intersect is pleased to welcome Alison Newton as Human Resources Manager, Cathy Chamley as a Business Analyst and Luke Baker as Infrastructure Specialist.

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