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Conference attendance policy
QCIF recognises that conferences are an important part of the academic, community engagement and commercial activities of its member Universities. Participation in conferences provides significant benefits for QCIF and its member employees through the sharing of knowledge and resultant enhancement of the image of QCIF and its members.
The purpose of this policy is to outline in general terms the policy for funding or part funding for persons wishing to attend conferences.
QCIF National Computational Infrastructure (NCI) Share Allocation Policy
QCIF has invested in a partner share at the National Computation Infrastructure (NCI). This entitles QCIF members to access the NCI National Facility (NCI NF) and use about 3.4 million service units annually (SU, a service unit, is approximately one CPU hour).
Queensland researchers can use the NCI NF either by applying directly to NCI for a MAS (merit allocation scheme) allocation of time on the HPC facility or by applying for an allocation from QCIF’s partner share.
SeeVogh is the next generation in video collaboration software produced by EVOGH, the makers of EVO. SeeVogh is a cloud-based, high-definition, multi-point, video collaboration solution. SeeVogh permits users to connect in a dynamic display of multiple video images, multiple simultaneously shared desktops with public and private text chat.
QCIF will provide SeeVogh as a trial free service from 1st of September 2012 to 30th June 2013. With Commonwealth funding no longer being provided, QCIF is providing a pathway that will allow users to continue to benefit from video-collaboration. The EVO service will be discontinued from 1st November and we recommend that existing users transition to SeeVogh before this date.
Regular users of this service will be encouraged to obtain their own license, as this trail service will discontinue from July 2013. SeeVogh has many licenses modelling, allowing users to the install the SeeVogh software on their own infrastructure, using cloud infrastructure or using their "prepaid service". The costs associated with this is generally a fraction of the costs compared to other mainstream Video Conferencing/Collaboration services. SeeVogh has been adopted by Internet2 in the United States and is becoming a mainstream service for the research sector.
SeeVogh benefits include:
Features coming soon:
QCIF has licensed SeeVogh and has made it available for free for download and use by the Australian research and academic community.
The following Links provide information on getting started.
Creating a Meeting
Registered users will log into the SeeVogh website. Once Authenticated, simply select the "My SeeVogh" menu option and select "Create a Meeting".
It is suggested that first-time users watch the two-minute video on how to create a meeting.
Meeting Quality notes:
If you would like to Test SeeVogh without having to create a meeting, you can join the QCIF SeeVogh Test Room. Please be aware that you do not require a SeeVogh account use this Test Room. This facility has been made available to allow users to test SeeVogh, thus ensuring everything is working as expected. Currently this "Test Room" has no participants, but we are developing a system to ensure some recorded videos are looped to provide an even greater testing facility.
QERN (the QCIF Early Research Node) is a 400TB/300 CPU core system being built by QCIF to prototype two key federal government initiatives, NeCTAR and ReDS (RDSI). NeCTAR provides servers to researchers; RDSI provides researchers with data storage and management mechanisms. QERN is being built by QCIF to enable the Queensland research community and QCIF member universities to gain experience in using and managing Research Cloud services (NeCTAR), and RDSI services, before the official release of these services.
Key project deliverables;
The service is expected to be available to early adopters by the end of May 2012.
If you are a Queensland researcher interested in getting your project on QERN, please contact Graham Chen.
Established in 2000, the QCIF membership currently comprises six of the Queensland public universities as full members, and one as associate member:
The QCIF Board of Directors is made up of representatives from the six founding member universities, an independent Director, and an independent Chair.
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