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RCC News: February 2017

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UQ to build a high-performance image processing facility

A new RCC-managed high-performance image processing facility for UQ will be designed and built this year, putting the University on par with similar systems at Monash University and universities in the U.S., Europe and Japan.
The facility, currently titled ‘The UQ Deconvolution Engine’, will provide specialist computing hardware to centrally and automatically perform critical image processing on data captured from digital microscopes from any UQ location.
The facility will be particularly useful to those doing cellular research. It will benefit cancer, neurodegenerative disorder, immune system and allergy research, and other related health and medical research. Read more
Jake Carroll with a QBI microscope
Jake Carroll, QBI’s Senior IT Manager—Research, with one of the institute's digital microscopes that will be connected to The UQ Deconvolution Engine and MeDiCI.

Testing phase of UQ’s new data storage technology proves successful

Good progress is being made on the testing phase of UQ’s new high-performance data storage fabric and RCC expects to call for early adopters in the next month or two.
Six nodes of the Metropolitan Data Caching Infrastructure (MeDiCI) are currently being tested, one each at RCC, UQ’s Information Technology Services, the Queensland Brain Institute, the Institute for Molecular Bioscience, and two at the Polaris Data Centre in Springfield. These locations were chosen to serve some of UQ’s heaviest data generators and to link them to the processing and storage facilities at Polaris. Read more


Bioinformatician and program manager join the RCC team 

RCC has two new staff members — a program manager for health and life sciences data projects, and a bioinformatician who doubles as a software developer.
Dr Jeff Christiansen joins RCC as QCIF Program Manager. He is currently working on a number of NCRIS (RDS and Nectar)–funded national data projects in biomedicine.
Thom Cuddihy joins RCC as a bioinformatician and software developer to work within QFAB, QCIF's bioinformatics arm. Read more
Jeff and Thom
L-R: Dr Jeff Christiansen and Thom Cuddihy.

March Tech Talk to focus on data visualisation

David BarnesAssociate Professor David Barnes (pictured) of Monash University, George Sainsbury of the University of Adelaide, and Adam Steer of National Computational Infrastructure, will lead a technical discussion on data visualisation at next month's Tech Talk. 

David Barnes is Director of the Monash Immersive Visualisation Platform; Mr Sainsbury is a data architect and software engineer at The Plant Accelerator; and Mr Steer is a earth systems data specialist. Read more

Anaconda deployed on HPCs FlashLite and Tinaroo

RCC has deployed the Anaconda open data science platform onto high-performance computers FlashLite and Tinaroo.
Anaconda is a bundled software suite of the Python language with a comprehensive set of tools for performing data analytics and managing software packages. Read more

Hacky Hour at UQ is back!

Hacky Hour at UQ has returned with the first meetup for 2017 taking place on Tuesday, 14 February.

Hacky Hour is held weekly on Tuesdays, 3pm–4pm, at Cafe Nano on UQ's St Lucia Campus. The informal meetup provides UQ researchers and research support staff with a forum to get help from experts (including RCC staff) with any research-related IT issues. Common questions involve HPC problems, or roadblocks with programming languages such as Python and R. Read more

Hacky Hour
Elliot Cheng of AIBN (right) gets help from Stephen Crawley of QCIF (left) and James Lefevre of IMB (middle) with recursion in Python. Elliot said on Twitter about the session: "Thanks to ‪@HackyHourStLuc I was able to get a good understanding of recursive sorting." (Photo by Dr Nick Hamilton, RCC/QCIF/IMB.)

RCC's Igor Makunin to give Galaxy talk at Griffith University

Dr Igor MakuninRCC's Dr Igor Makunin (pictured) will give a seminar at Griffith University on Monday, 6 March about the Genomics Virtual Laboratory and Galaxy-qld, the public server the GVL operates on.
The talk, from 2pm–3pm on Griffith’s Nathan Campus, will provide an overview of the latest developments of Galaxy-qld and related resources for genomic research maintained by RCC. Read more
(Photo by Dr Nick Hamilton, RCC/QCIF/IMB.)

QURPA students conduct project work at Cambridge and UCSD

Two UQ ITEE students undertook research internships over the summer break — one at Cambridge University, the other at the University of California, San Diego — as part of RCC’s Queensland Undergraduate Research Projects Abroad program.
Zane van Iperen worked with Dr Timoleon Kipouros of Cambridge’s Department of Engineering, and Daya Kern worked with Prof. Andrew McCulloch in the Department of Bio-Engineering at UCSD. Read more

Daya and Zane
L-R: Daya Kern and Zane van Iperen.

Highlights from ResBaz 2017

Brisbane’s Research Bazaar (ResBaz) at UQ attracted more than 300 participants across three days from 7–9 February.
Click here to view photos that showcase some of this year’s highlights from the annual, largely free eResearch event, which aims to improve digital literacy amongst researchers and support staff. Read more

Photo by Dr Nick Hamilton, RCC/QCIF/IMB.
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What's On

Hacky Hour, each Tuesday, Cafe Nano, UQ St Lucia. More info
Introduction to HPC, 24 February, UQ St Lucia. More info
Galaxy-qld meetup, 1 March, UQ St Lucia. More info
Tech Talk: Data Visualisation, 3 March, UQ St Lucia. More info
GVL seminar at Griffith, 6 March, Griffith, Nathan. More info
World Science Festival 2017, 22–26 March, Brisbane. More info
Open Repositories, 26–30 June, Brisbane. More info
eResearch Australasia 2017, 16–20 October, Brisbane. More info
eScience  2017, 24–27 October, Auckland, NZ. More info

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Join UQ Library's workshops on publishing your data in UQ eSpace

Publishing your research data has become an important part of meeting funding requirements.
Many major funding agencies and government bodies require researchers applying for funding to provide information regarding how data generated during the research project will be managed, shared and made re-useable for future research.  
With UQ eSpace, publishing your research data has never been easier.
UQ eSpace is the institutional repository for the research outputs of the staff and students of UQ, and enhances the visibility, accessibility, usage and impact of UQ research.
UQ Library will run two workshops on Monday, 20 February, offering a step-by-step guide on how to create a record in UQ eSpace. The record can be for the data sets underpinning one or more of your publications, or it can simply be for research data you wish to be archived.
Join either the workshop at 12pm–1pm or the one later that day at 3–4pm, both on the St Lucia campus.
Please register. Please contact for more information.

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