Intersect News #42 March 2012

4 Apr 2012

CSIRO joins Intersect

CSIRO has joined Intersect as an affiliate member, becoming our thirteenth member.

CSIRO’s Director of eResearch Dr John Taylor said “CSIRO is looking forward to developing a strong partnership with Intersect in delivery of a broad range of eResearch services to CSIRO researchers based in NSW and around the nation”.

Intersect CEO Ian Gibson welcomed CSIRO, saying “Intersect has been providing services to scientists and other researchers across many disciplines with existing and potential collaborations with CSIRO. We see CSIRO joining Intersect as a clear and mutual benefit to all our members”.

NeCTAR Stage 2

NeCTAR’s Stage 2 Request for Proposals is scheduled to open on 30 April and close 30 June 2012. RFP round 1 questions and answers are at

So get ready: speak to your research communities, and eResearch organisations about proposals you may submit.

NeCTAR’s RFP is the process by which the Australian research community can apply for funding to create research infrastructure. For more on NeCTAR programs see

Get connected

A new community forum has been set up to support NeCTAR cloud users, researchers and technical developers. Connect, share ideas and experiences at

Forthcoming training sessions

Intersect is offering training in the following topics in the near future:

  • HPC for WIMPS: A two day introduction to HPC computing.
  • HPC for the CLUEy: A half day introduction to our HPC computing facilities for those with Command Line Unix Experience.
  • Advanced HPC: An introduction to Parallel Programming in C or Fortran.
  • Google Refine: A half day introduction for data cleaning and exploration.

The following sessions are scheduled to take place shortly:

  • 17-18 April 2012: HPC for WIMPS at UWS
  • 19-20 April 2012: HPC for WIMPS at USYD
  • 20 April 2012: HPC for the CLUEy at USYD
  • 7 May 2012: Advanced HPC at Intersec
  • 6-7 June 2012: HPC for WIMPS at NEWCASTLE
  • 23-24 August 2012: HPC for WIMPS at Intersect

To register, please visit You can also download our course resources for self-paced study, ongoing reference, or to help determine if a course is right for you.

Full circle for CareTrack

The CareTrack system was deployed to production in June 2011 and has undergone the full cycle of data collection, analysis and was recently decommissioned.

Intersect built an offline data collection system and central database with web applications for managing data collection.

Caretrack Australia is part of an NHMRC funded program for improving the safety and appropriateness of healthcare. The project is a collaborative effort the University of South Australia and UNSW. To determine the percentage of healthcare encounters at which a sample of adult Australians received appropriate care for 22 conditions.

CareTrack Australia Project Manager Tamara Hunt says, “The healthcare system is complex; patients see many different types of providers to manage their care, appropriate care delivery varies not only with each condition but also by age, gender and timeframes, and the variability in each provider setting.

“We contracted Intersect to design a web-based tool for users to enter data accessed from medical records in hospitals, general practices, specialist facilities, physiotherapy and chiropractic practices.

“The tool provided secure data access, data encryption, offline data collection and subsequent database synchronisation (to mitigate against problems of fire-walls and poor internet connectivity in various healthcare settings). Inbuilt algorithms directed users to enter data specific to the healthcare setting, patient demographics and clinical condition.

“At all times we experienced a professional, engaging team whose ability to listen assisted in the success of the CareTrack Australia project”, Ms Hunt said.

AustLII Android app available

Intersect has just completed another mobile app, this time for the Australasian Legal Information Institute (AustLII).

AustLII for Android will enable lawyers, law students and anyone interested in the law to access legal information wherever they are. Intersect’s work builds on the iPhone/iPad app developed by AustLII and Adelaide company Hessian Apps.

The app works on both phones and tablets and is available from the Android Market now.


We have vacancies for:

  • an eResearch Analyst at the University of Newcastle
  • a junior systems administrator
  • a senior systems administrator.


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