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RCC seminar series to feature all women speakers 

In possibly an Australian first, a computing seminar series will feature an all-female line-up of speakers. 

Of the 14 speakers, 12 are confirmed for this year's RCC seminar series, including:
  • Dr Genevieve Bell, an anthropologist and Intel's only female fellow, the company's highest technical rank
  • Prof. Ewa Deelman, Research Director at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute
  • Maxine Brown, Director of the Electronic Visualization Laboratory at the University of Illinois, Chicago.
Speakers' topics are still being discussed and will be added to the RCC seminars webpage once confirmed. Read more

Dr Genevieve Bell, Prof. Ewa Deelman and Maxine Brown

ITnews features QBI's use of technology

ITnews published a story on 30 May about the Queensland Brain Institute's use of technology in dealing with the large amounts of data its researchers produce. 

The article, titled 'Inside the tech supporting the bleeding edge of neuroscience', mentions QBI's potential use of cloud computing via QRIScloud, and UQ's MeDiCI (Metropolitan Data Caching Infrastructure) storage fabric, recently prototyped by RCC.

QBI Senior IT Manager Jake Carroll is quoted as saying: “As things develop we could move certain workloads that suit into the QRIScloud and use the services of the Research Computing Centre (RCC) as well to augment our capability. It really depends upon the workload and practicality of data movement compared to the locality of the data generating instrument.” 

ITnews article about QBI

RCC Director to speak at QUESTnet

RCC Director Prof. David Abramson will present at the QUESTnet 2016 conference on storage fabric MeDiCI, UQ's Metropolitan Data Caching Infrastructure. His talk is on Thursday, 7 July, 12pm–12:30pm. 

RCC collaborator Jake Carroll of QBI will also present at QUESTnet. His talk on Wednesday, 6 July, 11am–11:30am, is on UQ's OMERO data management system and titled, "Solving terascale imaging curation and processing challenges". OMERO (Open Microscopy Remote Objects) is a modern client-server software platform for visualising, managing, and annotating scientific image data.

QUESTnet is a conference covering the full spectrum of ICT used in higher education and its audience are technologists who work in that sector. This year's conference is being held on the Gold Coast, 5–8 July. Full program

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Fran Berman seminar video now on YouTube

Missed out on seeing Professor Francine Berman, the US lead of the global Research Data Alliance, speak at UQ on Friday, 27 May, about building a sustainable ecosystem for data-driven research? Never fear, RCC has posted a recording of the seminar on YouTube.
More information about the seminar | Watch the video

Professor Fran Berman
Prof. Fran Berman presenting her seminar at UQ on Friday, 27 May. Photo by Dr Nick Hamilton (RCC/QCIF).

Join RCC's Genomics Virtual Lab team

GVL logoRCC is seeking a new recruit to join its GVL team as a full-time eResearch Analyst.

The role is to support the needs of researchers specialising in the field of microbial genomics.

The successful candidate will have a track record in bioinformatics, including supporting researchers working with high throughput sequencing data, and an ability to work closely with them to create solutions and pass on technical skills and knowledge.

Applications close Friday, 24 June. Click here for the full job description and to apply. 

July's Tech Talk to focus on security in the cloud

Date: Friday, 8 July Prof. Richard Sinnott
Time: 3–4pm AEST
Brisbane venue: Room 505A, level 5, Axon Building (47), UQ St Lucia Campus (or join remotely)
Next month’s Tech Talk will focus on security in the cloud with Prof. Richard Sinnott, Director of eResearch at the University of Melbourne (pictured), and David Blockow from Data to Decisions CRC (Cooperative Research Centre), lined up to speak. Register

Doing urban research? Join UQ's AURIN masterclass

AURIN logoUQ researchers can get hands-on with urban data at the AURIN workshop on the St Lucia Campus on Friday, 15 July, 9am–12pm.  
The free masterclass aims to help researchers and analysts become proficient in using AURIN’s urban planning platform.

AURIN streamlines access to more than 1,600 data sets and 100 analytical tools useful for urban planning and research. The AURIN Workbench and portal provides online access to open source e-research tools to interrogate, model and visualise these data. Read more

Be part of the Winter School meet-up for students and ECRs

Leah RobertsCOMBINE, a bioinformatics and computational biology organisation for Australian students and early career researchers, is inviting students and ECRs to a social meet-up during this year’s UQ-based Winter School in Mathematical and Computational Biology.

The meet-up will occur at UQ's Pizza Cafe after vice president Leah Roberts' (pictured) talk about COMBINE on Thursday, 7 July, 5pm. 

New QRIScloud Systems Engineer joins RCC

Denis LujanskiDenis Lujanski (pictured) has joined RCC as a QRIScloud Systems Engineer.
Denis will assist research support staff with operations, development and maintenance of QRIScloud and will assist researchers by providing end-user technical support.

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"Unless you maintain your tools, they'll wither and die"

Zane Van IperenAn ITEE honours student has learnt the importance of maintaining software tools during his work with RCC this year.
Zane Van Iperen (pictured) is working on an optimisation-workflow project for his thesis, with RCC Director David Abramson as his supervisor.
Zane’s goal is to integrate and demonstrate the use of multi-objective optimisation in scientific workflows. 

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RCC co-hosts Brisbane's Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint

RCC and QCIF hosted this year’s Brisbane Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint, a two-day hackathon for open source science held 2–3 June.
RCC/QCIF eResearch Analyst Team Leader Belinda Weaver co-ordinated further development of Library Carpentry material during the Sprint, roping in a global team of more than 20 people from South Africa, USA, the Netherlands, Canada and Australia, plus the project originators in the UK. Read more

Brisbane Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint
Paula Andrea Martinez (UQ) and Clinton Roy (Bloomberg) at the Brisbane Mozilla Science Lab Global Sprint, held in RCC's seminar room. Photo by Dr Nick Hamilton (RCC/QCIF). 

RCC events in pictures...

Galaxy training

Galaxy training
RCC's Dr Igor Makunin (pictured right) led the Galaxy Training Workshop at UQ's Queensland Biosciences Precinct on Thursday, 2 June.

Library Carpentry

Library Carpentry workshop
RCC/QCIF eResearch Analyst Team Leader Belinda Weaver (standing) led a UQ-based workshop on Library Carpentry on Monday and Tuesday, 13–14 June.

Hacky Hour St Luc

Hacky Hour 7 June 2016
All smiles on Tuesday, 7 June, now the ‪Euramoo issue's sorted. Hacky Hour is the place to get answers to research IT questions. Hacky Hour is held each Tuesday, 3–4pm. It's currently being held at Nano Cafe on UQ's St Lucia Campus. 

All photos by Dr Nick Hamilton (RCC/QCIF).
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What's On

UQ Hacky Hour, every Tuesday, 3–4pm, UQ St Lucia. More info
Winter School in Mathematical & Computational Biology, 4–8 July, UQ St Lucia. More info
COMBINE meet-up, 7 July, UQ St Lucia. More info
Tech Talk: Security in the Cloud, 8 July, UQ St Lucia. More info
Software Carpentry Workshop with R, 11–12 July, UQ St Lucia. More info
AURIN Masterclass, 15 July, UQ St Lucia. More info
SC16, 13–18 Nov, Salt Lake City, U.S. More info
Dr Nick's Image Clinic, most Monday mornings, for IMB researchers and held, by Dr Nick Hamilton, at IMB.

RCC's seminar series will return in semester two. Seminars will occur each Friday during semester, starting 29 July.

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More journals now require DOIs for data sets — make sure you're prepared

More and more journals are requesting that authors deposit research data sets that underpin their publications in an open data repository, such as UQ eSpace.
UQ researchers can put their data sets into UQ eSpace to satisfy journals’ data depositing requirements.  
UQ eSpace can mint Digital Object Identifiers for the deposited data sets and then authors can provide the DOIs to the journal publisher.  
Click here for more information. Contact 
if you need assistance.

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