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

Digital Collections Collective Meeting 15 June 3pm

The VicNode team would like to invite you to the 3rd meeting of the Digital Collections Collective on Thursday 15 June from 3-4pm at the University of Melbourne, Room 211, Digital Studio Arts West. The meeting will be followed by drinks at Tsubu afterwards.

This is an opportunity for researchers, librarians and archivists to discuss ongoing projects that create or make use of digital collections. This meeting will have a focus on the digitization and display of RARE Books.

To register please go to

For more information please email Tyne Summer

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.

Data Custodian Meet up at the University of Melbourne -Wednesday 22 March

The next Data Custodian Meet up is being held on Wednesday 22 March at the University of Melbourne, Arts West Building, Digital Lab on Level 2 at 11am.

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
  • Using Omeka to showcase your collection
  • On building a film archive

FREE Lunch will be provided from 12pm onwards.

Please RSVP by Monday 20 March for catering purposes.

If you have any dietary requirements please email

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

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

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