Wed, 21 Aug 2019
  • Webinar: Data Management Planning: lessons from Europe

    Wed, 21 Aug 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


    Brought to you by the ARDC and the Data Management Plans (DMP) interest group, this webinar will provide an introduction to Data Management Plans and how they are being applied in Europe. Recent trends will be profiled such as funders placing the onus of responsibility on research institutions, universities requiring PhD students  to have DMPs approved by supervisors for progression, and typical feedback/review  practices. New features in the DCC’s DMPonline tool will be demonstrated and an update on machine actionable DMP developments from the Research Data Alliance Working Groups will also be provided.

    The webinar will be presented by Sarah Jones, Associate Director at the Digital Curation Centre. Sarah coordinates the DMPonline service and has been engaged in international DMP activities for the past decade.

    Around 30 minutes will be taken for the presentation to allow ample time for questions and discussion. If you wish to submit questions in advance, please include them in the webinar registration form. The session will be recorded and made available online.


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Thu, 29 Aug 2019
  • Webinar: ARDC & EMBL-ABR: Unlocking the secrets in your DNA – the dawn of cloud-native bioinformatics

    Thu, 29 Aug 2019  12:30 pm - 1:30 pm


    Genomic produces more data than Astronomy, Twitter, and YouTube combined, having caused research in this discipline to leapfrog to the forefront of cloud technology. Dr. Denis Bauer provides an insider’s view into a Spark-based machine learning framework able to find disease genes in ultra-high-dimensional data (80 million columns), which enables population-scale understanding. She will also highlight how serverless, which is pitted to be the “next big thing in cloud” and become a $20 Billion market, enables the “search engine for the genome” to seamlessly sift through 3 billion letters while having a zero cost downtime. The talk compares cloud setups across AWS, Alibaba and Azure and touches on how to evolve cloud architecture more efficiently through an hypothesis-driven approach to DevOps.

    Dr Denis Bauer is CSIRO’s Principal Research Scientist in transformational bioinformatics and an internationally recognised expert in machine learning and cloud-based genomics, having presented at AWS Summit, Canberra, 2018 and Alibaba Infinity, Singapore 2018. Her achievements include developing open-source machine-learning cloud services that accelerate disease research and being used by 10,000 researchers annually.


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Tue, 3 Sep 2019
  • Australian Vocabulary Special Interest Group (AVSIG). Video meeting

    Tue, 3 Sep 2019  11:00 am - 12:00 pm

    AVSIG holds a quarterly videoconference meeting featuring discussion and presentations on topics of interest to the group. Subscribe to the AVSIG discussion list to receive the videoconference link.

    September's AVSIG meeting will feature a discussion of the review of the ARDC vocabulary service.  Organised by Cel Pilapel (ARDC), and featuring a consultative workshop facilitated by Jonathan Yu (CSIRO) and Simon Cox (CSIRO), the review has sought to identify future directions for the service.

    September's service review discussion will be lead by one or both of the consultative workshop facilitators and may cover for example:

        Purpose of the review
        Efforts to involve service users and other interested parties in the review
        Overview of consultative workshop aims and activities
        Types of organisations and roles represented at the workshop
        Outputs of the review
        Plans for addressing recommendations arising from the review

    We hope to see you on September 3, 11am.

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Wed, 4 Sep 2019
  • Webinar: ARDC & EMBL-ABR: Multi-omics statistical integration with mixOmics

    Wed, 4 Sep 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


    Dr Kim-Anh Lê Cao graduated from her PhD in 2008 at the Université de Toulouse, France. She then moved to Australia for her postdoc at the University of Queensland, then was hired as a research and consultant biostatistician at QFAB Bioinformatics. Kim-Anh’s research directions veered towards biomedical problems during her time at UQ Diamantina Institute in 2014. In 2017, she joined the University of Melbourne at the School of Mathematics and Statistics and Melbourne Integrative Genomics. Kim-Anh is an NHMRC Career Development fellow, and an awardee of the 2019 Moran medal from the Australian Academy of Science.

    Kim-Anh is an expert in multivariate statistical methods and develops novel methods for ‘omics data integration. Since 2009, her team has been working on developing the R toolkit mixOmics dedicated to the integrative analysis of `omics' data to help researchers mine and make sense of biological data. More information about Kim-Anh’s research group at this link.


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Thu, 5 Sep 2019
  • Webinar: FAIMS Mobile: Customisable Electronic Field Notebooks

    Thu, 5 Sep 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


    A/Prof Shawn Ross and Dr Brian Ballsun-Stanton, Macquarie University

    FAIMS Mobile is a generalised, customisable electronic notebook for field data collection in offline or network-degraded settings. Funded by ARC, NeCTAR, and NSW grants, it is open-source and community-driven software, developed by the Field Acquired Information Management Systems (FAIMS) project.

    Unlike other systems, FAIMS Mobile was designed from the beginning to support transparency, reproducibility, and data sharing in field-research domains that involve complex and diverse workflows, data models, and automation / verification requirements. Since its first production release in late 2014, FAIMS Mobile has been deployed for over 50 workflows at more than 30 projects in archaeology, geoscience, ecology, ethnography, oral history, and linguistics. Experience from these deployments has been fed back into the ‘core’ platform , and has produced a growing library of openly licensed, reusable customisation files on GitHub.

    FAIMS Mobile has a unique combination of features supporting field data capture, including:

    • Data and interface customisation, allowing modification and re-deployment by users.
    • Collection of various data types within a single record, including structured data, geospatial data, free text, sensor-produced data, and file attachments.
    • Multimedia management; image, sound, and video files can be automatically renamed based on data in associated records, and that data can be written to multimedia metadata.
    • An append-only datastore allows users to review and reverse changes to records selectively.
    • Unlimited devices can create, edit, and view records to sync ‘eventually’ without data loss.
    • Defaults, flow logic, hierarchical vocabularies, validation, and other data collection features.
    • Mobile GIS supporting raster and vector data, layer management, legacy data visualisation, and point, line, and polygon creation and editing.
    • Internal and external sensor and peripheral support.
    • Multilingual support using a localisation file.
    • ‘Annotation’ and ‘certainty’ support marginal notes and confidence indication for records.
    • Aids to good practice including contextual HTML help, selections based on images, and selection trees that can guide users through complex processes.
    • Embedding of URIs into controlled vocabularies or other elements to link them to shared vocabularies, thesauri, or ontologies.
    • Generation / application of globally unique persistent identifiers in the field (e.g., IGSNs).
    • Customisable export to desktop software, pre-existing databases, or online data services.

    Taken together, these features support the production of consistent, comprehensive datasets that are well-documented and analysis-ready upon export, and facilitate the creation of FAIR data.
    This webinar will provide an introduction to FAIMS Mobile features, architecture, and use cases. We will also talk about the future of FAIMS, possible directions for development, and opportunities for collaboration.
    For more information, see:
    Ballsun-Stanton, B., Ross, S. A., Sobotkova, A., & Crook, P. (2018). FAIMS Mobile: Flexible, open-source software for field research. SoftwareX, 7C, 47–52.


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Wed, 11 Sep 2019
  • Webinar: ARDC - PHRN placeholder

    Wed, 11 Sep 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Thu, 12 Sep 2019
Fri, 13 Sep 2019
  • Australian Research Software Management, Curation and Citation Interest Group

    Fri, 13 Sep 2019  1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

    Australian Research Software Interest Group will meet on second Friday (1-2pm) every two months in 2019.

    This meeting is open to anyone who has an interest in research software management, curation, and citation. Please contact for the meeting information.

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Wed, 18 Sep 2019
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    Wed, 18 Sep 2019  12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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August 2019

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat Sun
  • NSW-Research Data Alliance meet and greet Australia tour
  • QLD-Research Data Alliance meet and greet Australia tour
  • Tech Talk in Aug; Cloud applications for RDM; ReDBox and Mediaflux
  • SA-Research Data Alliance meet and greet Australia tour
  • WA-Research Data Alliance meet and greet Australia tour
  • Webinar: Meet and greet Hilary Hanahoe, RDA Secretary General
  • Sensitive Data - Community - Indigenous Data
  • The Research Data Alliance and data opportunities for Libraries
  • Webinar: ARDC's Nectar Research Cloud RFP Consultation 1
  • Webinar: ARDC Platforms Program Open Call Q & A session
  • Webinar: ARDC and the Carpentries in Australia
  • Webinar: Data Management Planning: lessons from Europe
  • Webinar: ARDC & EMBL-ABR: Unlocking the secrets in your DNA – the dawn of cloud-native bioinformatics