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RCC News: November 2016

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UQ moves across the Zooniverse

zebrafish in a labWhat do you do if your research data are so plentiful, detailed and complex that it would take more than a lifetime for a typically small research team to complete the analysis?
For UQ’s Centre for Advanced Imaging (CAI) the answer was to join the Zooniverse.
CAI worked with RCC on a pilot project in collaboration with the University of Oxford to develop methods for CAI to make use of the Zooniverse to crowd source the creation of a ground truth data set from its images of neuronal activity in live zebrafish embryos. Read more
RCC is interested in assisting other projects to make use of Zooniverse. If you have a problem that could benefit from large human cohorts, please contact RCC at

RCC introduces the Tinaroo Enhanced Access program

RCC launched a new program late last month to provide enhanced access to HPC Tinaroo for UQ research groups and individuals conducting high impact research.
The benefits of the new mechanism include:
  • increased queue limits for single node jobs
  • more flexibility with job array limits
  • increased maximum allowed wall-times
  • the ability to submit jobs to Tinaroo from Nimrod, a scientific workflow system
  • exclusive use of nodes outside of the batch system
  • virtualisation that permits using the guest operating system of your choice, and more. Read more

RCC helps to patch systems against the Dirty COW vulnerability

Dirty COWRCC and QCIF have applied security patches to their various compute services over the last month to protect against a Unix vulnerability called Dirty COW that QRIScloud and other systems were exposed to. Most were patched quickly with no reduction in service to users.
Compute cluster Euramoo is currently being patched. Rather than drain the queues and suspend services, RCC and QCIF chose to do rolling patches to the compute nodes. Read more

RCC to deliver one keynote and two papers at SC16

SC16 logoFour RCC staff and two RCC-sponsored partners will attend SC16, the world’s biggest conference on supercomputing, this week in Utah, U.S.
RCC Director Prof. David Abramson will give a keynote address to SC16’s workshop on workflows in support of large-scale science.
RCC’s Dr Minh Dinh and Dr Jin Chao have both had papers accepted for SC16’s workshop on extreme-scale programming tools.  Read more

Open call for those keen on Library Carpentry funding


Belinda WeaverThe Library Carpentry suite of lessons, which RCC's Belinda Weaver (pictured) had a hand in developing, won the British Library Labs’s Teaching and Learning Award on 7 November.

The Library Carpentry community plan to spend the award’s £500 prize money to support a Library Carpentry workshop anywhere in the world next year, including Australia.
If your institution needs financial support to run a Library Carpentry workshop or individual librarian training, see the Library Carpentry blog for details of how to apply. The deadline for applications is 16 December 2016. Read more

Dr Marlies Hankel RCC’s Dr Hankel in team awarded ARC grant

RCC eResearch Analyst Dr Marlies Hankel (pictured) is a Chief Investigator on a project, recently awarded an ARC Discovery Project grant, that looks to realise low cost, long-life and safe batteries. Read more

ResBaz 2017 at UQ is shaping up to be a big one

ResBaz logoThe preliminary schedule for next year's Brisbane Research Bazaar (ResBaz) was published last week and the event will be even bigger and better than last year's. Registrations also opened last week for the free, RCC co-sponsored event. Read more

Seminar on Bayesian Networks shows strong interest at UQ

Prof. Ann Nicholson of Monash University’s Faculty of Information Technology gave an introductory talk on Bayesian Networks in a packed RCC seminar last Tuesday.
Based on this strong demand, RCC would be happy to arrange more detailed training on Bayesian Networks, and welcomes suggestions from researchers. If you have specific thoughts on what training you would like to see, please contact RCC Director Prof. David Abramson: Read more

Prof. Ann Nicholson's Bayesian Networks seminar at UQ
A full house for Prof. Ann Nicholson's UQ seminar on Bayesian Networks.

Harrison RyanThe world of I.T. opens up for an RCC intern

Year 11 student Harrison Ryan (pictured) recently spent an “amazing” week with RCC to gain work experience in operating and maintaining supercomputers.
Harry, from Brisbane’s Holland Park State High School, checked out UQ’s on-campus computer clusters and RCC’s state-of-the-art videoconferencing facility, and learnt about the software behind the computing. Read more

Help shape Greater Brisbane over a hack weekend

CityHack16Help solve city issues at CityHack16 in Brisbane, a data hack weekend from 25–27 November.
The Brisbane branch of global engineering firm AECOM is hosting CityHack16. The specific challenge will be released a week prior to the event and will be related to SE Queensland city-shaping. Read more

Attended a Software Carpentry workshop? Please provide feedback for research

If you have ever attended a Software Carpentry workshop, please provide your feedback here (it should take just 5–10 minutes).
RCC/QCIF eResearch Analyst Team Leader Belinda Weaver is surveying workshop attendees for her UQ Master of Philosophy research on 'Investigating the efficacy and usefulness of Software Carpentry training for researchers'.

RCC events in pictures...

Tropical cyclones, climate change and the Great Barrier Reef

Chelsea Parker's seminar
Chelsea Parker, a PhD student at Brown University's Institute at Brown for Environment and Society in the U.S., gave an interesting RCC seminar on Friday, 21 October about her tropical cyclone research. Her seminar was titled: The Response of Tropical Cyclone Characteristics to Projected Climate Change in Northeast Australia through WRF simulations and Pseudo Global Warming Technique. View the video of this seminar on RCC's YouTube channel.


'R' stands for 'Resolved issue' at Hacky Hour UQ

Hacky Hour
There were lots of questions about programming language 'R' at the UQ Hacky Hour on Tuesday, 1 November, and luckily we had the answers! Hacky Hour is held weekly on Tuesdays, 3–4pm at Cafe Nano on the St Lucia Campus. Follow @HackyHourStLuc on Twitter, and the Hacky Hour UQ blog, for updates.

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

UQ Hacky Hour, every Tuesday, 3–4pm, UQ St Lucia. More info
SC16, 13–18 November, Salt Lake City, U.S. More info
Creating a virtual machine on the Australian Research Cloud, 15 November, 9am–12pm, UQ St Lucia. More info
Research Data Management: What's involved?, 21 November, 1–3pm, UQ St Lucia. More info
CityHack16, 25–27 November, Brisbane. More info
Gaussian workshop, 3–7 December, Perth. More info
Galaxy-qld meetup, 7 December, UQ St Lucia. More info
ResBaz 2017, 7–9 February, UQ St Lucia. More info
Dr Nick's Image Clinic, most Monday mornings, for IMB researchers and held, by Dr Nick Hamilton, at IMB.

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Research Data Management: What's involved? 
This two-hour introductory RDM workshop on 21 November will take you through your responsibilities and explain the advice, tools and services available to help you and UQ meet our requirements under the Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research, funding agreements and legislation.
The workshop will raise your awareness of what is required for good stewardship of research data, identify the benefits of adequately managing research data, develop strategies for managing research data, and provide hands-on practice using DMP Online to write your data management plan and filing in Data Entry Form on eSpace. Please register

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