Innovation and science highlights at eResearch NZ 2013

Are you interested in the state of New Zealand’s eResearch platforms supporting innovation, or the management of eresearch in New Zealand? eResearch NZ 2013 has lots to offer people who are looking at eresearch in a broader context.

Those thinking about government’s investment in infrastructure enabling research should attend the New Zealand e-Infrastructures Panel. The panel will discuss various changes in the science sector, including the emergence of national research infrastructures and aims to explore how they will respond to other investments, such as those in Callaghan Innovation, the National Science Challenges and NZ’s contributions to international collaborations such as the Square Kilometer Array and GeoPRISMS. The panelists are 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.

The panel complements the first day plenary sessions when NeSI and REANNZ will both be presenting on their experiences. We will also see an Australian view, with Rhys Francis discussing the development of an Australian research infrastructure for informatics.

Another Australian project will also be discussed at eResearch NZ 2013, partially to act as an eye-opener for what is possible here. Richard Sinnott, Director of eResearch at the University of Melbourne, will be discussing AURIN, which allows researchers to access vast amounts of data and visualisations through the web to speed up their work.

Prof. Kate Nolan from Massey University will be describing The Whiteroom, the partnership model the institution has developed to support eresearch throughout the institution. This talk will be of particular interest to those who have attempted to coordinate research activities within an academic institution.

Associate Programme Director of UC CEISMIC, the Canterbury Earthquake digital archive project, James Smithies will be introducing what the requirements for a national digital humanities infrastructure might look like.

Stuart Charters, Céline Cattoën-Gilbert and Vladimir Mencil will discussing transferring very large volumes of data internationally. The ability for Kiwi researchers to do this is extremely important if they are able to collaborate on the world stage.

If you are concerned about the lack of technical capability within New Zealand's research communities, the following two items should be somewhat heartening:

This is only a small snippet of what eResearch NZ 2013 will be offering. If it has piqued your interest, you should register your place now.

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