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.
Tim McNamara's blog
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 (http://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/aboutus/sc/conzul) on a common approach to data management and curation and data literacy across the sector.
Yesterday, each of the students presented on their work over the summer. There was also lots of very interesting discussion. Ideas and enthusiasm generated should be captured. If you have had any thoughts that you would like to be noted, please add them here.
$5000 summer scholarships are available for advanced software engineering and computer science students to work on eresearch projects. eResearch is an increasingly important field and you will be expanding its frontiers.
Cameron Neylon, soon to be the Advocacy Director of the Public Library of Science provided the symposium's first keynote. Here is a loose collection of themes and arguments that were presented at the talk. Note: any incompleteness is purely my fault!
The programme for the New Zealand HPC Applications Workshop has been finalised. A fantastic range of topics covering a wide range of uses of high performance computing in New Zealand. Climate science, machine learning, computational chemistry and many other domains and methods are well represented. There will be several talks on experiences parallelising code to many-core architectures and one focusing on how to make HPC more accessible.
The New Zealand eScience Infrastructure (NeSI) is currently receiving applications for access to its high performance computing (HPC) environments. The first call for access proposals closes on the 31st of May 2012.
The symposium is the centrepiece of New Zealand's eresearch community. You are strongly encouraged to participate in this growing community of research practice. The three day event includes talks and discussion on all disciplines within eresearch and is highly buzzword compliant. We will be discussing eresearch, escience, data-intenstive science while enjoying each other's company.
Whether you have only just heard of eresearch, or whether you have been advocating for it for years, please do attend. The symposium is in its third year and brings together participats from many fields. We expect to see friends and colleagues from the humanities, the public sector, private industry and several of the sciences.
Registrations now open
You are now invited to register for the symposium. Early bird prices are available until 8 June 2012.