QRIScloud case studies

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Paper Miner: Big Questions in History


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.


 The Lambert Ancient and Modern DNA Sequence Collection


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...




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

End User Licence Agreement for the QCIF RDSI Node






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



Established in 2000, the QCIF membership currently comprises six of the Queensland public universities as full members, and one as associate member:

the-university-of-queensland-australia     The University of Queensland

queensland-university-of-technology      The Queensland University of Technology

griffith-university        Griffith University

james-cook-university-australia          James Cook University

cq-university-thumb                Central Queensland University

university-of-southern-queensland       The University of Southern Queensland

thumb-university-of-the-sunshine-coast-queensland-australia            Associate member: The University of the Sunshine Coast