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University of Newcastle Newsletter

SnipITs - Issue 4 2009

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This edition of SnipITs will focus on a number of eResearch initiatives that involve the University of Newcastle – both locally and nationally.

“The term ‘eResearch’ is used to refer to the application of advanced information and communication technologies to the practice of research. It enhances existing research processes, making them more efficient and effective, and it enables new kinds of research processes”

Ann Walters
Acting CIO

Research Storage Project

A project to implement the first phase of research data storage is currently being run by IT Services. This phase will provide centralised and secure storage for research data created by University of Newcastle researchers. The project will provide approximately 100 Terabytes of storage which can be expanded in future years. A tender is currently out to the market with plans for implementation of the underlying hardware by December 2009.

IT Services is working with Research Services and the Library to develop policies, procedures and support mechanisms for the use of this resource and to commence a cultural shift within the organisation in support of the Federal Government initiative “Towards the Australian Data Commons

Australian National Data Service

ANDS - The Australian National Data Service is a federally funded initiative which seeks to improve the management of research data as a national resource. ANDS will be bringing their road show to Newcastle with a series of two workshops on 12th and 13th October 2009 at Noahs on the Beach. Workshop 1 “ANDS Services” will provide an overview of existing and proposed ANDS services; and Workshop 2 – “Research Data and the Code” will focus on responding to the “Australian Code for Responsible Conduct of Research”.

All interested academic staff are encouraged to register for one or both of the workshops. Register for the ANDS Roadshow – please note the closing date for registrations is Friday 2nd October 2009 and places are limited.

Further details about ANDS


The University of Newcastle is one of the founding members of Intersect Australia Ltd which is the peak eResearch body in NSW. Intersect provides a range of services at a state level, and represents the NSW-based member Universities on national bodies such as ANDS. Each year Intersect undertakes a number of projects to enhance eResearch services within NSW. Researchers at the University of Newcastle have been the beneficiary of one of the first Intersect Innovation projects with the development of a web interface and advanced search tools for authorised researchers to access the Australian Schizophrenia Research Bank (ASRB) database.

Further details about Intersect

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