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Victorian Digital Humanities Pathways Forum in Melbourne – July 14th

Next Friday the 14th of July several of our team members will be attending the Victorian Digital Humanities Pathways Forum in Melbourne.

This is a free, day-length event that will bring together local and national research groups, platforms, tools and services working across the digital humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS).

It is an opportunity for those wanting to hear about and discuss the ways in which eResearch technologies have been applied to the humanities to accelerate research projects.

The Melbourne event is built around a theme of ‘communities,’ which the VicNode Cultures & Community Engagement officer Tyne Sumner has spent the past 12 months focusing upon, especially when it comes to storage and infrastructure support for Humanities researchers. The interactive, discussions-based program means that you can have your say on how the community can come together across a range of subjects including: training, expert support mechanisms, technology platforms, data or collections infrastructure.

The program will include the following topics and speakers:

9:00am:
Coffee & networking

9:30am:
Introduction and Keynote by Ross Wilkinson, ANDS Executive Director

10:15am:
Unlocking the Australian Archives
Cultures and Community 360 data sharing model – Sarah Nisbet, eRSA
Prosecutions Project – Professor Mark Finnane, Griffith University

10:45am:
Victoria Digital HASS – A discussion exploring digital HASS research in Victoria, highlighting institutional activities, indicative leading projects, and challenges.
Facilitator – Greg D’Arcy

12:00pm:
Networking Lunch

12:45pm:
Digital Humanities beyond the University – Cultural institutions in the Victorian GLAM sector speak about their collections and how they make them available to researchers.
Facilitator – Dr Lyle Winton, University of Melbourne

Panelists to be confirmed – Join the panel!

1:30pm:
National HASS infrastructure – An opportunity to discover the latest in HASS infrastructure in Australia and how it is relevant to our current projects.

2:30pm:
Data & Cloud and what’s next for Digital Humanities -An interactive session around cloud-based research and the upcoming developments and challenges facing Digital Humanities.

3:45pm:
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This Pathways forum is for anyone in Victoria working across the humanities, social sciences, arts and GLAM sectors. If you’re a researcher or supporting research in the humanities and social sciences in Victoria, this event is for you.

Register to secure your spot:
https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/victoria-digital-humanities-forum-your-pathway-to-the-latest-innovative-eresearch-tools-tickets-35614498925

DATE AND TIME
Fri. 14 July 2017
9:00 am – 3:45 pm AEST

LOCATION
Deakin Downtown
Level 12, Tower 2
727 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3008

Data Storytelling for Researchers Event at the University of Melbourne

Data Storytelling event for researchers is a 2 day intensive event run by the Research Platform Services on Monday 3 July and Tuesday 4th July from 9am – 5pm at the University of Melbourne Arts West, Digital Studio, Level 3 Digital Workshop.

The event has  4 streams:

  • Displaying data divinely – archiving and online exhibits
  • Digital Archives of 3D objects
  • Textual Analysis of Social Media data
  • Analysis and Visualisation of Public Datasets

It is an interactive team based event. Participants will be mentored in groups and supported in answering self guided research questions with new digital methods, from data collection to communicating your research story with data visualisations.

Drinks and canapes will be served at the final presentation

To register please go to https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/data-storytelling-tickets-34995856549

Data Custodian Meet up at Monash University on 16 February at 11am

The next Data Custodian meet up will be held on Thursday 16 February at Monash University at 11am.

The agenda for our next meet up is as follows

  • Monash University updates
  • Monash Data Centre Move updates
  • Data Management best practice use case
  • Lunch and networking

FREE lunch will be provided. For catering purposes please RSVP by Monday 13 February using the link below

https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/vicnode-data-custodian-october-meet-up-at-monash-university-tickets-31734131642

Happy Holidays from VicNode

VicNode would like to thank you all for another successful year. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season and look forward to working with you in 2017.

The VicNode office team will be breaking for the year on Friday 23 December returning on Tuesday 3 January 2017. There is no out of hours or holiday support for VicNode users during this time.

Monash University Data Centre Move in 2017

Monash University will be shifting the location of its “research data centre” (by approximately 2kms). Monash hosts over 3800 direct users on nationally accessible and privately prioritized research computing infrastructure, many of which are effected by this move.

The move will take place in 2 phases:

Phase 1: 14 – 22 January 2017

High performance computing and research data systems will be completely offline. Users won’t be able to log in during this week.

Phase 2: early February – early March 2017

Research Cloud will be moved gradually, while keeping the overall service online. Existing Research Cloud instances/VMs will be offline – migrated to the new facility. A one hour downtime per instance is expected.

What this means for VicNode users

Users of the Ceph Market (VicNode) will be offline migrated between the two data centers, a key technological advantage of our Ceph approach. During this period some performance degradation maybe felt and some users may have nuances that cause minor outages. Users of the SONAS (VicNode) infrastructure will have an outage. We urge you to download any data that you may need access to during the outage period.

For the full notice and more information on how this will affect your research please see the Monash Notice below

http://www.monash.edu/esolutions/announcements/data-centre-move

If you have any specific questions, require advice and/or assistance, or wish to further discuss your needs or concerns, please contact DataCentreMove@monash.edu

 

The Research Bazaar 2017 Registrations Open

The Research Bazaar is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy emerging at the  centre of modern research.

This year the Melbourne event will be held on 21 – 23 February at the University of Melbourne. The event is free and researchers from all career stages and walks of life are welcome.

Applications for the Melbourne site close on 15 December, so head to go.unimelb.edu.au/tv7a to apply!

(Not from Melbourne? Check the global page for a site near you.)

If you’ve got a question please see The Research Bazaar website You can also tweet the team at @ResPlat or email research.bazaar@gmail.com.

Pawsey Roadshow is going to Melbourne

On Monday 10 and Friday 14 October the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre will be in Melbourne helping researchers to take their projects to the next level, through the Pawsey Roadshow and an introductory training session.

The Pawsey Supercomputing Centre is a state-of-the-art high-performance computing facility representing Australia’s commitment to the solution of Big Science problems. The facility provides researchers across Australia with access to the most powerful public research computer in the Southern Hemisphere, and it is focused on providing integrated research solutions through world-class expertise and infrastructure in supercomputing, data, and visualisation.

The Roadshow is an event showcasing services and resources that Pawsey provides to researchers across Australia.

This free event will have staff from Pawsey representing the organisation and answering questions from researchers who would like to take advantage of HPC and related services.

If you are a researcher or student, who is interested in high-performance computing, or if you want to see if your work can be taken to the next level by using powerful computing resources, we welcome you to come along and meet with Pawsey users and staff.

The day will start with a presentation from staff followed by a clinic where potential users will be able to ask Pawsey experts how to gain access to supercomputing, data or visualisation systems and how they can benefit from the expertise of Pawsey staff in transitioning their research. This is also an opportunity for current users who need one-on-one advice from one of Pawsey’s experts to get help with code issues.

Additionally, an Introduction to Supercomputing training session will be held each afternoon. This course will instruct users on working with supercomputers. Topics include parallel computing concepts, queuing systems and batch scripts, running jobs, job accounting, tips, and etiquette.

Program:
9 am – 10 am    Presentation from Pawsey staff
10 am – 12 pm Clinics for researchers
1 pm – 4 pm     Introduction to Supercomputing training session. After completing the training session, the attendee will be able to:

  • Understand basic parallel computing concepts and workflows
  • Understand the high-level architecture of a supercomputer
  • Use a basic workflow to submit a job and monitor it
  • Understand a resource request and know what to expect
  • Check basic usage and accounting information

 

Events details

Monday 10 October

Melbourne CBD Roadshow-Clinic
Where: The Old Quad – G09 William Hearn Seminar Room, building 150, The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.
When: 9 am to 12 pm

Melbourne CBD Introduction to Supercomputing training session
Where: The Old Quad – G09 William Hearn Seminar Room, building 150, The University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus.
When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Friday 14 October

Clayton Roadshow-Clinic
Where: B001-F1-RC207-Seminar room, CSIRO, Research Way, Clayton, VIC 3168
When: 9 am to 12 pm

Clayton Introduction to Supercomputing training session
Where: B001-F1-RC207-Seminar room, CSIRO, Research Way, Clayton, VIC 3168
When: 1 pm to 4 pm

Spaces are limited; please RSVP if you are willing to gain access to the events below.

For more information feel free to contact us through help@pawsey.org.au

ANDS September Tech Talk: Big Data related analysis tools

The September Tech Talk topic will be: Big Data related analysis tools

When: 3pm-4pm, 2 September (AEST)

Speakers:

We will have a couple of inspiring online talks on “Big data related analysis tools”, followed by informal networking and refreshments at the hub location. Speakers for September Tech Talk:

  1. Massimo Lamanna (CERN)
  2. Stuart Minchin (Geoscience Australia)
  3. Anthony Truskinger (Queensland University of Technology)

Where:

  1. Adelaide: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide North Tce Campus (starts 2.30pm ACST)
  2. Brisbane: Room 505, level 5, Axon Building 47, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (starts 3.00pm AEST)
  3. Canberra (Australian National University): meeting room 1, 101 Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT 2601 (starts 3.00pm AEST)
  4. Melbourne (University of Melbourne): VicNode meeting room, Doug McDonell Building, University of Melbourne, Parkville Campus (starts 3.00pm AEST)
  5. Melbourne (Monash University): G22, Ground Level, S.T.R.I.P. 1, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash Clayton Campus (starts 3:00pm AEST)
  6. Perth: ARRC Boardroom (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington) (starts 1pm AWST)
  7. Sydney: Join by Zoom meeting
  8. Virtual Meeting: Zoom virtual meeting

Registration: 
For catering purpose, please register now at http://septechtalk.eventbrite.com.au

Contacts:
xiaobin.shen@ands.org.au or andrew.treloar@ands.org.au for more information.

ANDS August Tech Talk: Imaging Analysis Tools

Our August Tech Talk topic will be: Imaging analysis tools 

When: 3pm-4pm, 5 August (AEST)

Who: There are 3 speakers confirmed

  • Andrew Janke (University of Queensland)
  • Grischa Meyer and Lance Wilson (Monash University)
  • Mat Wyatt (Australian Institute of Marine Science)

Where:

  1. Adelaide: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide North Tce Campus (starts 2.30pm ACST)
  2. Brisbane: Room 505, level 5, Axon Building 47, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (starts 3.00pm AEST)
  3. Canberra (Australian National University): meeting room 1, 101 Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT 2601 (starts 3.00pm AEST)
  4. Melbourne (University of Melbourne): CoLab (G07), Old Quadrangle, the University of Melbourne, Victoria 3010, Parkville Campus (starts 3.00pm AEST)
  5. Melbourne (Monash University): G22, Ground Level, S.T.R.I.P. 1, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash Clayton Campus (starts 3:00pm AEST)
  6. Perth: ARRC Boardroom (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington) (starts 1pm AWST)
  7. Virtual Meeting: Zoom virtual meeting

Registration: 
For catering purpose, please register now at http://augtechtalk.eventbrite.com.au

Contacts:
xiaobin.shen@ands.org.au or andrew.treloar@ands.org.au for more information.

Integrating Gene Sequencers with the Cloud at VicNode Monash Operating Centre

The Monash Bioinformatics Platform, MyTardis, the Characterisation Virtual Laboratory and the R@CMon teams have joined forces to pioneer the “instrument integration” agenda into gene sequencing. MyTardis is unique in that it allows all three – researchers, storage/institutions and facility managers – to govern and automate data produced by instruments, whilst maintaining data provenance and durability.

The new MyTardis-seq benefits gene sequencing facility managers and researchers alike by providing an automated and structured method to capture, store and share the results of sequencing runs with associated quality reports and metadata.

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It was developed for and deployed at the Monash Health Translational Precinct Genomics sequencing facility (http://www.mhtpmedicalgenomics.org.au/) in partnership with the discipline specific data services of RDS. MyTardis-seq runs on the NeCTAR cloud and stores its raw data on the RDS-funded VicNode @ Monash storage. The MyTardis open-source software has been largely funded by the ANDS, NeCTAR and RDS projects.

Users of the facility can access their raw data and quality reports online in real-time. Data is provided securely in the web or via secure FTP.

MyTardis-seq’s instrument integration pipeline from data generation to capture.

Facility managers are provided with a holistic view of all gene sequencing data production, quality reporting and statistics collection.

A paper has been written on the MyTardis.org web site that discusses our solution and its use for other gene sequencing facilities: http://www.mytardis.org/news/mytardis-for-genomics

For more information please contact Steve Androulakis