Monthly Tech Talk in July: Skills and Community Engagement

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ANDS, NeCTAR, and RDS Nodes - QCIF, Intersect, NCI, TPAC, VICNode, eRSA and Pawsey have joined forces to organise a monthly Tech Talk virtual and face-to-face meeting.

For more and latest information about this Monthly Tech Talk event, please visit the event page at the MeetUp.

Topic: Skills and Community Engagement

Data and software in research are useless without enthusiastic communities of people who are aware of it and possess skills to get results. From global movements that are teaching people to code to research into understanding how communities efficiently gather around a shared goal, this event presents a broad range of community building and skills activities in the research sector.


1. Sprints and Roadshows – Community Building in the Carpentries: Belinda Weaver, Software and Data Carpentry

Belinda Weaver is the new Community Development Lead for Software and Data Carpentry, global organisations that aim to make researchers more productive and their research more reliable by teaching them computational and data skills. She was formerly the eResearch Analyst Team Leader for the Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation, where she helped deliver cloud storage and solutions to Australia researchers. She recently coordinated the Library Carpentry lesson upgrade as part of Mozilla Science Lab’s annual two-day global sprint. She tweets as @cloudaus (

2.Steering and rowing: designing governance and participation through social architecture: Dr. Paul Box, CSIRO

Paul works for CSIRO Land and Water and leads research into the social, institutions and economic dimension of public information infrastructure (or systems of systems). He is developing an inter-disciplinary ‘social architecture’ approach to understanding and actively designing conducive environments for infrastructure development.

Prior to joining CSIRO, Paul worked for nearly two decades in Asia and Africa for the United Nations, government, and not for profit organisations, designing, implementing and managing geospatial information systems and capabilities to support sustainable development and humanitarian response.

3. Piloting an eInfrastructure Champions Program: Dr. Chantal Huijbers, Biodiversity and Climate Change VL, Griffith University

Chantal Huijbers is the Training and Scientific Support Officer for the Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Lab (BCCVL) at Griffith University. Her work includes helping build a community and skills base around the Nectar-funded BCCVL in collaboration with other NCRIS infrastructures such as ALA and TERN. Chantal has a research background in ecology, and uses this to bridge the gap between the scientific experts and the developers of the BCCVL. As part of her role she developed an Online Open Course in Species Distribution Modelling and other workshop and user support material to provide scientific support for users of the virtual lab.

Who should come along?

The general purpose of this virtual plus face-to-face meeting is twofold:

  1. Provide a national forum for developers working with research data and/or research data management to discuss topics of interest

  2. Enable a dialogue between developers and NCRIS facilities

This event is for anyone who wants to know more about tech aspects of data and NCRIS facilities:

  • developers

  • data scientists

  • researchers who are building data tools

  • data technologists

  • data librarians

How does virtual and face-to-face work?

Tell us which of the 11 hubs you'll be attending (on the next page when you complete this Eventbrite registration.)

    • If attending you are highly recommended to physically attend at one of the hubs where feasible. For attendees who are not able to reach a hub, please select "Join Remotely" when registering (see links below). Limited remote attendee spaces.

    • First 30 remote attendees in will be emailed the Zoom Meeting ID. Further attendees will be waitlisted and emailed Zoom Meeting ID if space.

    • To guarantee attendance, join one of the physical meetings or set up your own location. Min: 4 attendees.

    • If you are unable to join on the day remotely, you can access the slides shortly after the event.

If you wish to set up a new hub location for Tech Talks, please request using the meeting contact below

The talks will take about an hour (3:00pm-4:00 pm AEST), followed by face-to-face networking and discussion at the 11 hub locations (4:00pm-5:00 pm), facilitated by local hub facilitators:

Adelaide: University of Adelaide: Ira Raymond Room, Barr Smith Library, University of Adelaide North Terrace Campus (starts 2.30pm ACST)


1. UQ: Room 505, level 5, Axon Building 47, University of Queensland, St Lucia Campus (starts 3.00pm AEST)
2. USQ: Q528B, QBlock, Toowoomba Campus, University of Southern Queensland (starts 3.00pm AEST)

Canberra: Canberra (Australian National University): meeting room 1, 9 Liversidge Street, Acton, ACT 2601 (starts 3.00pm AEST)

Hobart: CSIRO Oceans and Atmosphere: Huon Room, Building 1 Reception Level, Castray Esplanade, Battery Point (starts 3.00pm AEST)

1. Deakin University: Deakin Downtown, 727 Collins Street (starts 3.00pm AEST)
2. Monash University: G22, Ground Level, S.T.R.I.P. 1, 15 Innovation Walk, Monash Clayton Campus (starts 3:00 pm AEST)
3. La Trobe University, Bundoora: Vislab, Research Commons, La Trobe Library (starts 3.00pm AEST)


1.ARRC Boardroom (26 Dick Perry Ave, Kensington) (starts 1.00pm AWST)

2.Edith Cowan University, Building 31, Level 4, Room 447, Joondalup Campus (starts 1.00pm AWST)


1.University of Technology Sydney: Room CB01.12.25, Level 12, UTS Tower, 15 Broadway, Ultimo, City Campus (starts 3:00 pm AEST)

2.The University of Sydney: Digital Scholarship Studio, Level 5, Fisher Library, Camperdown Campus, The University of Sydney.

Want to know more?

For more information about this Monthly Tech Talk event, please visit the event page at the Tech talk MeetUp.

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