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Merry Christmas from the VicNode Team!

We hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has been our pleasure working with you all over the last year. We look forward to another successful year ahead.

The VicNode team will be on break from 22 December up until 7 January, returning on Monday 8 January 2018.



Congrats to Tyne Sumner for being a finalist for the an ACS Digital Disruptors Award

The VicNode team is thrilled to announce that Tyne Sumner, our Culture and communities Engagement team member was a finalist for the Young ICT Professional of the Year at the 2017 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards.

The Young ICT Professional of the Year award is awarded to both a male and female who have
demonstrated excellence in ICT and a commitment to professional development. They are a role model, an example to their peers and conduct themselves with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.
The candidate is under 30 years of age.

Well done to Tyne on being such a superstar. We are so thrilled for you and to have you on our team.

Digital Collections Collective at University of Melbourne – 4 May 3pm

The Digital Collections Collective is being held at The University of Melbourne on Thursday 4 May at 3pm. Now in its second iteration, the DCC is an opportunity for researchers, librarians, and archivists to discuss ongoing projects that create or make use of digital collections.

We welcome along all people with an interest in cultural digital collections.

To register please email Tyne at

Thursday 4th May
3pm – 4pm at The Digital Studio, Arts West

SONAS degraded Vault service notice for Saturday, April 29.

On Saturday, April 29, the Monash operating centre will be installing an expansion cabinet with 1000 slots for media on the Automated Tape Library (ATL). We have established the expansion can be executed under a degraded service rather than requiring a service-wide outage. Some technical detail is provided here to demarcate affected parts of the service. This upgrade enables an additional 4PB of tape media capacity, where new media cartridges will be added later as part of normal operations without additional interruption to services.

Recalls from Tape Vault Suspended on Saturday, April 29, 10am to 4pm.

The ability to recall data from tape will be temporarily suspended from 10am to 4pm, Saturday April 29, to accommodate this installation. Data can continue to be written as normal, and will be queued for backup/HSM within the normal business procedures that day. Any data already on the Vault disk cache will also be readily available for read and rewrite. Only data that has not been accessed in the last week and has been migrated to tape will be temporarily unavailable.

The effect of the suspension will be to stall user file read opens for files not in the cache until full service is resumed. Users expecting to have work in progress over the weekend can request the recall of the required Vault data prior to the upgrade, to maintain their workflow.

Data Custodians with Collection allocations that use Vault at the Monash operating centre have been contacted via email to their registered contact email addresses.

VicNode Data Custodian November Meet up at the University of Melbourne

he VicNode team would like to invite you to an end of year VicNode Data Custodian Meet up on Thursday 24 November at the University of Melbourne in the Frank Tate Building Room 101 from 11am-1pm.

We want to hear from you and get a chance to talk about your research data collection, storage and data management. The session will give you an opportunity to talk to VicNode Sponsors, storage operators, managers as well as our Collections Manager and Technical Infrastructure Specialist.

Discussion topics are:

  • University of Melbourne Operating centre updates
  • Overview of Research Platform Services available to Data Custodians
  • Overview of the UoM Digital Scholarship and how they can help you

FREE Lunch will be provided from 12pm onwards.

Please rsvp on EventBrite by Monday 21 November for catering purposes. If you have any dietary requirements please email

Announcing the demonstration release of the RDS Omics Data Platform

VicNode is extremely happy to announce the first Demonstration release v0.1 of the RDS Omics Data Platform. This first release represents significant development and integration work over the last 7 months by project teams across VicNode, VLSCI, EMBL-ABR, Intersect and QCIF, in partnership with the BPA Antibiotic Resistant Pathogens project.

This release includes a connected platform made up of the following:

  • 7 Genomics and 2 Transcriptomics related software tools (such as SPAdes, HGAP3, BWA-MEM, Snippy, Prokka), made available through the microbial genomics virtual laboratory (the online analysis environment)
  • all the genomics data currently available in the BPA CCG repository (69GB made up of 262 files) with enhanced metadata, that can be searched in complex ways, downloaded to the desktop or made available to the online analysis environment
  • A range of pre-written analysis workflows, produced according to best practice in collaboration with BPA bioinformaticians
  • Online training modules for the analysis environment

This initial release is available for small demonstrations to help the Omics project team incorporate initial feedback in preparation for the Beta Release in early November. The first beta release will line up with the BPA/RDS Consortium meeting to be held in Melbourne.

The project team will release new versions of the platform every 6 weeks incorporating feedback and adding analysis tools and functionality according to the project plan. A release schedule will be released on the website in the next few weeks to provide more details.

To request a demonstration of the platform, news about upcoming training opportunities, or to simply ask a question, please contact us via the Omics website or at

Victorian Omeka Symposium – Monday 26 September

As part of VicNode’s commitment to providing researchers and their collaborators with opportunities to discuss research data storage services and to share ideas about new access methods and applications, the VicNode Culture and Community engagement officers, Tyne Sumner and Meredith McCullough, are organizing a Victorian Omeka Symposium, in collaboration with Research Platform Services at The University of Melbourne.

The symposium will showcase digital collections and bring together the national Omeka community, including researchers, librarians, archivists, and others interested in Omeka. The symposium will also give attendees the opportunity to see what is happening across Australia in this exciting new area of digital humanities.

Symposium presentations will cover a range of topics including: individual research collections, technical considerations, Omeka at the University, and ideas for the development of a national framework around Omeka. Specific collections that will be examined include: The Australian Gay and Lesbian Archives and The Percy Grainger Museum Online.

Event details:


Mon 26 September 2016
9:30 AM – 2:00 PM


VX Lab
110 Victoria Street Carlton

Tickets to the symposium are free, however, bookings are required. To book a ticket, visit:

About Omeka:

Omeka is an open source online platform for exhibiting and organising digital collections. Recently, cultural researchers across Australia have been turning to Omeka for a vast array of intriguing projects, creating complex narratives and sharing rich collections. Visit to find out more.

This event is funded through the NCRIS RDS (Research Data Services) project, Culture and Communities stream, and supported by the Federation for the Advancement of Victorian eResearch (FaVer).

This Symposium is put on in collaboration with the SCIp (Socio Cultural Informatics Platform) at The University of Melbourne.

Data Custodian Meet up at Monash University on 27 July

Monash University Data Custodian Catch up 20160727

The first VicNode Data Custodian Meet Up took place on Wednesday 27th July at Monash University with great success.

Data custodians from a vast range of disciplines took the time to attend the 2 hour meet up and share their experience – both good and bad – with the platforms and tools they use. It was rewarding to see such a positive environment and to re-engage with data custodian groups. Due to the success of the event, VicNode will now run quarterly meet ups at Monash University.

The next meet up will take place on Monday 22nd August at the University of Melbourne.

Welcome Koula Tsiaplias – VicNode Coordinator

Koula Tsiaplias

VicNode would like to introduce Koula Tsiaplias as the new coordinator!

Koula has extensive analytical and project management experience spanning over 13 years in the Energy and Higher Education sectors. She graduated with a degree in Computing from Deakin University and has a keen eye for detail and a strategic approach to project delivery.

Koula has an in depth knowledge of the analytical side of energy pricing operations, campaigns analysis and enterprise applications within the energy industry having worked – amongst other roles – as a SME for the implementation of an $120M SAP CRM/IS-U solution for one of Australia’s largest energy companies.

Koula has also worked as a project manager at the University of Melbourne’s Information Technology division. She has helped deliver both the Professional Services and Recruitment Services preferred suppliers panels for the University, and has also been responsible for the management of several University of Melbourne IT Risk and Security projects.

Koula will be working on VicNode office continuous improvement projects and the RDS Omics Data Services project.