eResearch NZ 2014

eResearch NZ 2014 is this year's continuation of the New Zealand eResearch conference series. It is a sister event of eResearch Australasia and eResearch Africa.

As a national forum for discussion, it aims to:

  • Promote shared approaches to supporting eResearch needs, across institutions and disciplines
  • Highlight current and emerging research priorities and discuss how eResearch can enable Research, including by drawing on experience from other regions where similar activities are further progressed and where these initiatives might translate to meet NZ research needs
  • Share work in progress and outcomes from projects and programmes employing related technologies, platforms, and approaches.

XSEDE 2013

XSEDE 2013 is the National Science Foundation's national conference for supercomputing, data mangement and computational science:

XSEDE, the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, is a National Science Foundation-supported project that brings together supercomputers, data collections, and computational tools and services to support science and engineering research and education. The annual XSEDE conference focuses on the science, education, outreach, software, and technology used by the XSEDE and other related communities worldwide.

Summary of MBIE Sector Report: Information and Communications Technology

While not directly related to resarch, MBIE has delivered a significant report into New Zealand's ICT sector. I have had a read of the report from the perspective of someone in the research sector and have jotted down some things that stand out.

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Praise from the digital humanities community for eResearch NZ 2013

The eResearch NZ 2013 has been a fantastic success. It's very encouraging to begin to see some public endorsement come through. Penny Carnaby, Head Librarian at Lincoln University, has had this to say:

Erin, Deborah, Hugh and Stuart Charters from ESD attended the eResearch NZ conference at UCAN this week. Erin and Deborah’s paper was really well received and, if I am permitted to be really proud of them both then I certainly am! This was a watershed conference for research librarians throughout the country. It was the first time that that there has been a significant contribution from the sector in relation to e-research and Open Research. Colleagues from Otago, Canterbury and Auckland Universities were there and we have agreed to work much more closely with CONZUL ( on a common approach to data management and curation and data literacy across the sector.

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eResearch Australasia 2013

From the website:

eResearch Australasia brings together practitioners and researchers for a stimulating week to share ideas and exemplars on new information centric research capabilities. eResearch is focused on how information and communications technologies help researchers to collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, and re-use information.

Keynotes and plenary sessions at eResearch NZ 2013

J. Stephen Downie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

J. Stephen Downie is Associate Dean for Research and a Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Downie is the Illinois Co-Director of the HathiTrust Research Center (HTRC). He is also Director of the International Music Information Retrieval Systems Evaluation Laboratory (IMIRSEL) and founder and ongoing director of the Music Information Retrieval Evaluation eXchange (MIREX). He was the Principal Investigator on the Networked Environment for Music Analysis (NEMA) project, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. He is Co-Principal Investigator on the Structural Analysis of Large Amounts of Music Information (SALAMI) project, jointly funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Canadian Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC), and the UK’s Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). He has been very active in the establishment of the Music Information Retrieval (MIR) community through his ongoing work with the International Society for Music Information Retrieval (ISMIR) conferences. He was ISMIR's founding President and now serves on the ISMIR board. Professor Downie holds a BA (Music Theory and Composition) along with a Master's and a PhD in Library and Information Science, all earned at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada.

Bill Howe, University of Washington

Bill Howe is the Director of Research for Scalable Data Analytics at the UW eScience Institute and holds an Affiliate Assistant Professor appointment in Computer Science & Engineering, where he studies data management, analytics, and visualization systems for science applications. Howe has received two Jim Gray Seed Grant awards from Microsoft Research for work on managing environmental data, and has had two papers selected to appear in VLDB Journal's "Best of Conference" issue (2004 and 2010) for work in data-intensive computing for science. Howe serves on the program and organizing committees for a number of conferences in the area of scientific data management, and serves on the Science Advisory Board of the SciDB project, a project to build a new database system expressly for science. He holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Portland State University, where he studied under Prof. David Maier, and a Bachelor's degree in Industrial & Systems Engineering from Georgia Tech.


Promoting open and reproducible research at eResearch NZ 2013

Open access and open science/research are highly topical conversations, with increasing computational intensity of research leading to calls for open access to source code and data, in order to reproduce research outputs. Both of these topics will be touched upon at eResearch NZ 2013:

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