QRIScloud case studies

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Paper Miner: Big Questions in History

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What if historians could mine newspaper articles going back to the early days of Australian colonial history, and what if each of those articles were georeferenced – the content of each story pinpointed in time and space? With Paper Miner, the first steps are being taken so that this is what historians can do.
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 The Lambert Ancient and Modern DNA Sequence Collection

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Where will we put the data when the genome sequencing comes back?

QRIScloud is helping Professor David Lambert of Griffith University's Environmental Futures Centre to solve a real dilemma: what do you do with the 50 TB of DNA sequence data you're expecting when it comes back from the sequence lab on hard disks? Where will you put it so you can work with it? Read more...

Structure instrumentation at QUT's Science and Engineering Centre

smiling coupleQUT's new Science and Engineering Centre has wow factor. Completed in February 2013, it includes The Cube, a touch and display system two stories high, offering learning and research opportunities to the public. It brings together more than 300 scholars from science, technology, engineering, mathematics, business, and law in a range of collaborative workspaces and labs. It's a sustainability showpiece, generating enough electricity to power itself and put electricity back into the QUT grid. Solar trees on the rooftop follow the sun to draw the maximum energy every day. It reclaims waste heat from the tri-generation power system and uses it to cool itself. It captures rain from the roof to water its own garden and top up the swimming pool. Read more...

 

Adapting to climate change: Terra Nova

Polar bearThere's an important distinction between climate change and climate change adaptation. Research into climate change looks at questions of how the climate is changing and how this change will affect the environment. Climate change adaptation looks at how we can respond to these changes – how we can reduce the impacts of stresses on human and natural systems including our cities and regions, our agriculture and aquaculture, and the biodiversity of our environment, and how we can harness any beneficial opportunities. In other words, what should we do to prepare and adapt? Read more...

 

 

Policies

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.

Full policy here

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.

Full policy here

QCIF privacy policy

This document sets out the way in which Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation Ltd (QCIF) ACN 094 639 406 (we, us, our) collects, uses, stores and discloses your Personal Information.  

Full policy here

 

 

 

SeeVogh

SeeVogh is next generation video collaboration software based on EVO, which was developed at CalTech for use by CERN and related researchers.  Creating SeeVogh meetings is fast and easy, with meetings of different types, such as Round Tables and Classrooms, that support one-on-one as well as very large (many 100s of attendees) meetings.  Screen sharing is enabled for all users and each user controls their own meeting experience.

SeeVogh benefits include:

  • High-definition video provides high-quality visual information meetings that can be created by anyone with a SeeVogh account. Information on how to obtain an account can be found in the Getting an Account Section
  • Only the person creating a meeting needs a SeeVogh account. Meeting invitees are not required to log in nor to authenticate. This works wells with communicating when international colleagues or industry partners;
  • Meetings may be password-protected for security purposes, if required;
  • Desktop streaming allows sharing of presentations, documents, web pages and computer program displays;
  • SeeVoghs the ability to connect to H.323/SIP devices. The moderator of the meeting can dial a H.323/SIP device. Additionally, currently in beta, SeeVogh allows H.323/SIP devices to dial directly into a meeting;

Other features

  • Multiple camera support;
  • Text chat for instant group messaging, or individual messaging;
  • Easy installation and auto-updating for new releases;
  • Mobile support for Android and IOS Devices (such as iPhone and iPad);

QCIF has extended its free trial use for the Australian research and academic community until the end of June 2014. Thereby, anyone with an institutional email address is welcome to apply for a SeeVogh account –  ehich will enable them to create their own SeeVogh meetings.

QCIF is currently evaluating the SeeVogh video-collaboration service.  A decision on whether to continue with this service (after the June 2014 deadline) is still being considered.  Information of the future of the QCIF SeeVogh Service will be provided well in advance, so that users can determine their future video collaboration options. 

We would also welcome discussions on possible future partnerships.  If there are any user groups, research organisations or institutions who would like to organise their own SeeVogh license, we would be happy to assist. Please contact the QCIF SeeVogh administrators at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. " for further information.

Getting an Account

If you require a SeeVogh account (you need an account in order to create a meeting) please contact the QCIF SeeVogh administrators at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . Please provide your reason for requiring a SeeVogh account, and some information on how it will relate to the Australian research and academic community.

Getting Started

The following Links provide information on getting started.

Creating a Meeting

Registered users should 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:

  • Selecting quality "high" will provide the best experience for general SeeVogh meetings.
  • Selecting the quality "720p" or "1080p" will require significant computer system capabilities to process this level of video quality. This is not recommended for users who will be connecting using an older computer system, or connecting from a limited network capability.
  • When creating a meeting, be sure to select more time and participants than required. Once a meeting has been created, SeeVogh does not allow you to extend it, or to add extra participants.

Did you know there is a mobile client for SeeVogh? Simply search for the SeeVogh on Apple’s App store, or Android’s Market Place.

It is also suggested that users have a read of Video Conferencing Etiquette.  The effectiveness of video conferencing can be influenced by many factors, one of which is the way participants interact with each other and the technology during collaboration. Certain behaviours during a video conference can be distracting to a speaker or other participants.  First time users often are unaware of this.  This etiquette guide provides tips and other useful information to participants of video sessions to ensure greater conferencing experiences.

Testing SeeVogh

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 to use this Test Room.  The test facility has been made available to allow users to try out 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.

The SeeVogh test program - found here, can be used to test a system to ensure SeeVogh will work. This program will identify any possible issues that may prevent SeeVogh from working correctly.

QERN

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;

  • Train QCloud Team for running the infrastructure required for the research cloud
  • Establish an RDSI-like and NeCTAR-like Cloud for early adopters to explore
  • Help Queensland researchers migrate to cloud environments

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.

  • More information about NeCTAR
  • More information about RDSI