Uploading large video files to the New Zealand BeSTGRID (NeSI) DataFabric was required for an eResearch project that involved institutions from across the country. For simplicity's sake, the original plan was to use web-based interfaces and/or the WebDAV protocol to achieve file transfers. This would have allowed researchers working on reasonably modern operating systems to participate without any local system administrator involvement in terms of configuring their computers and/or installing software.
As collaborative research projects across geographically distributed teams become more common the task of sharing resources, in particular large data sets, raises real issues. The solution is often to purchase cheap external drives and employ the courier network to transport replicas of datasets between team members. However, the courier network is not a sufficiently safe option when sensitive datasets are involved.
eResearch infrastructure in Australia for the humanities will be advanced by the investment in two significant NeCTAR funded projects: Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI), a virtual laboratory; and the Federated Archaeological Information Management System (FAIMS), an e-research tool. In both proposals there are large lists of collaborators and a wider community of interested potential users. High levels of motivation, wide participation and active support are positive indicators that the funding is well targeted. Comparing the Australian approach to NeCTAR fu
One of the key issues for data librarianship is supporting the organization and preservation of data sets across domains. Beyond the usual approach of simply promoting the consistency of metadata across data sets, we propose that data sets should be accompanied by models which systematically describe the contents. Specifically, we suggest developing model-oriented versions of research reports. Research reports are already structured and, increasingly, they include workflows describing how the data were collected and analyzed.
The transnational turn in book history has led to a renewed interest in early modern forms of globalisation and the ways in which people, ideas, material objects, texts, and technologies circulate within and between empires, nations, and other geopolitical entities.
In the months since the 7.1 magnitude earthquake which struck Canterbury in September 2010, the region has experience over ten thousand aftershocks, 430 above magnitude 4.0. The most devastating aftershock, a 6.3 earthquake under the centre of Christchurch on 22 February 2011, had one of the highest peak ground acceleration rates ever recorded. This event claimed 185 lives, damaged 80% of the central city beyond repair, and forced the abandonment of 6,000 homes.
Invasive species and eResearch may seem an unlikely combination. However, eResearch facilities at Victoria University are enabling the discovery of novel biological information that may help in the management of invasive species: one of the largest global threats to biodiversity.
This paper discusses the use of new technologies in the area of forensics. There are a lot of movies and TV programs about Crime Scene Investigation. What the public does not understand is that a lot of the methods portrayed cannot currently be carried out. However juror's expectations have changed. While some research is taking place in areas around this topic, there is still a lot to do.
Five years ago Victoria University Library did not provide access to raw data, the collection was comprised of books, journals and audio-visual resources in a mix of print and digital formats. Since 2007 the Library has responded to researcher requests for raw data to be made available for a number of disciplines. This has resulted in purchasing and implementing the technical infrastructure to enable access to KiwImage, DirectEDGAR, CRPS, WRDS, Bloomberg, Compustat and others.
N-body simulations of the Sun, the four major planets, and a large number n of small bodies such as asteroids and comets are used extensively to study the long-term evolution of the Solar System. In many applications, it is realistic to assume the small bodies do not interact with one another. The simulations are then easily parallelised over k processors by putting n/k small bodies along with a copy of the Sun and the four planets on each processor.