Research Data Collections of significance

Felicity Meakins f.meakins at
Sun Sep 18 21:59:35 UTC 2011

Hi Everyone,

This is an email we received at UQ, but no doubt they are doing a travelling show around Australia. It looks like something we could all really take advantage of and the more linguists turning up with queries about large documentation collections, the better.


From: Alice Stokes
Sent: Tuesday, 13 September 2011 1:15 PM
To: RDSI Office
Subject: Research Data Collections of significance: Open Invitation: RSDI ReDS Tinman Workshop, Brisbane


I would be grateful if you could distribute the below invitation to researchers as appropriate.  The ReDS Programme in RDSI is a competitive funding opportunity with funding to be allocated to data collections (both existing and emerging) of significance, to facilitate storage at a Node/s.  This workshop is aimed at those who may have a policy or strategic input regarding the management of discipline area data collections, or data collections of significance which may benefit from funding for storage.  We are seeking input from this part of the sector prior to launching a series of Australian capital city consultations in 2012.  It may be that holders of multiple or significant ARC and/or NHMRC grants may find the below of interest.

Kind regards, Alice Stokes, Office Manager, RDSI

Open Invitation: RSDI ReDS Tinman Workshop, Brisbane

Who should attend: Researchers with significant research data collections, or stewards of research data collections (current or emerging), as well as providers of research data storage and management services.
Registration: Register here <>
Date: 28 September, 2011
Time: 9.30am to 2pm including a working lunch
Venue: University of Queensland Club <> , Building 41, Staff House Road, St Lucia Campus, UQ
Maps: <>
Event Enquiries: office at <mailto:office at>
ReDS Programme enquiries: reds at <mailto:reds at>

Dear researcher, data collector, and service provider for research data management

The Australian government, Department of Innovation, Industry, Science and Research (DIISR), has funded a major ($50M) infrastructure project to develop a national Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI). It is intended to help the creation of a long-term sustainable storage framework for research data collections, building a partnership across the entire research sector and leveraging off many institutional initiatives. As such, it also works with other eResearch infrastructure projects that deliver software tools, computing, networking and collaboration environments to research projects.

RDSI is intended to support both the active collaborative use of research data during its collection and analysis, and the subsequent archival and potential re-use after publication.

To achieve this, RDSI is in the process of establishing a number of storage nodes around Australia, connecting them to each other and to institutions at the highest possible speeds, and coordinating them to provide a coherent, user-friendly interface to every researcher's desktop. Each node will work closely with research data collection projects to deliver a range of services, from basic storage up to rich collaborative analysis environments.

The intention is to free researchers as far as possible from having to manage that part of the infrastructure for themselves and let them focus on their research.

Research data collections will be supported directly through one of the RDSI programmes called 'Research Data Services', or ReDS. The ReDS programme will provide funding for collections to be hosted and supported at the RDSI nodes, for at least the life of the RDSI project to mid-2014, and hopefully well beyond.

To help design the ReDS programme, RDSI has been working with a number of researchers with significant collections, storage service providers, institutions and government agencies. This has led to an initial possible model (or 'tinman'), with many questions and options. It is important to ensure that the final model meets the needs of as many researchers as possible, as well as supporting the nodes to deliver their services, so RDSI is running a day-long workshop in Brisbane (details below), followed by a series of two-hour consultation meetings around the country.

The feedback RDSI collects through the meetings, and the email/web channels below, will directly shape the final ReDS programme model before it is implemented in early 2012.

You are invited to attend the full-day workshop in Brisbane, and any of the subsequent consultation meetings around Australia. We also encourage you to pass on this invitation to anybody you know who might be interested. RDSI is looking in particular for researchers with significant research data collections, or stewards of research data collections, as well as providers of research data storage and management services. However, all meetings are open to everyone.

To ensure we provide sufficient catering and accommodate dietary requirements, we do ask that you register in advance.

All of the information about RDSI is on the website at <> including the ReDS Tinman <> document, the official Project Plan <> , slides from various meetings, as well as information about the other RDSI programmes.

To keep up to date, follow us on twitter <!/RDSIProject> or join our mailing list <> .

Alice Stokes | Office Manager | Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) Project|
The University of Queensland | Room 601, Building 69 | Brisbane | Queensland  4072 | AUSTRALIA | Phone: +61 7 3365 2030 |Mobile: 0419 477 490
Email:  a.stokes at | Web:

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