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.
He recently introduced several new courses, including the popular Software Carpentry course, an intensive 2-day workshop on how to code in the Python programming language, automate repetitive tasks using the Unix shell, and safely store code and data under version control in Git. Always looking for innovative training channels, he recently led a project to develop training videos training videos on Nectar services and is looking into new online training modules.
Luc is co-located with the UC Research Services team. This ensures a coordinated approach to eResearch in areas such as research data storage and eResearch training. He works closely with key areas including the Grants team in the development of data management statements, as well as with Dr Ksenia Sawczak, the Director, in the development of policy and practices for research data management.
For Luc, the friendly people and vibrant campus make the University of Canberra a great place to work. He is part of a cycling community where his 25km commute involves dealing with sub-zero temperatures in winter and doing battle with aggressive magpies in spring.
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