Bioinformatics highlights at eResearch NZ 2013

Are you part of New Zealand's growing bioinformatics community? The field has a strong showing at this year's eResearch NZ 2013 conference.

Here are some items from the programme that are especially relevant:

  • Engaging a Scientific Community in Contributing to a Biological Database from Paul Gardner from the University of Canterbury. Paul will introducing a project to migrate an RNA database to a collaboratively produced model and discusses the challenges of this model to research.
  • The New Zealand e-Infrastructures Panel will be very interesting for people who have been monitoring what's going on with NeSI, NZGL, REANNZ and others. The panel of representatives will discuss changes to funding landscape, restructures at central government, the emergence of Callaghan Innovation, the National Science Challenges and  NZ’s contributions to international collaborations such as the Square Kilometer Array and GeoPRISMS. The panelists are myself, Nick Jones, Director NeSI; Steve Cotter, CEO REANNZ; Andrew Rohl, Curtin University and ex-CEO iVEC; Tony Lough, CE NZGL; Don Smith, Executive Officer NZ Synchrotron Group Ltd and Rhys Francis, Director, eResearch Coordination Project, Australia.
  • Connecting Genetics Researchers to the New Zealand eScience Infrastructure will be a presentation from James Boocock at University of Otago. He will be discussing adapting Galaxy to the HPC environment.
  • Science DMZ and New Zealand Genomics: A Demonstration of Network Agility will be a joint demonstration from the CEO of REANNZ, Steve Cotter, NZGL's CIO Philip Lindsay and Rajeev Unnikrishnan from Juniper Networks. It will show how REANZ and NZ Genomics Ltd, implemented a Science DMZ, powered by Juniper Networks, to provide a network capable of far greater speeds for data transfer, through firewall bypass and reserved bandwidth speeds.

Also the below sessions might be of more general interest:

  • The Hacking a New Zealand Data Management Guide workshop aims to collaboratively produce a Data Management Guide for the New Zealand research. Participants will work together to bring the best of international practice into the local context. It being being facilitated by Fabiana Kubke, The University of Auckland and I.
  • eResearch NZ 2013 will see New Zealand's first Software Carpentry Bootcamp. Software Carpentry has been helping scientists build better software since 1998. The bootcamp introduces basic computing skills for researchers; to increase the efficiency and reproducibility of their research. The instructors for the bookcamp at Shreyas Cholia, Lawrence Berkeley National Labs and Ariel Rokem, Stanford University.

With an interesting range of both local and international contributions we expect the conference will attract at least a few dozen people interested in bioinformatics in New Zealand. We would love to see you there! Register now.

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