August newsletter

Issue No. 32
August 2016
  • Building communities: CRI Coding Conference 2016
  • ResBaz New Zealand is on its way!
  • NeSI & Victoria University of Wellington Software Carpentry Workshop
  • In other news...
  • Recent research outputs

Building communities: CRI Coding Conference 2016

NeSI, in conjunction with Science NZ, recently hosted a two-day event bringing together software developers from Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) around the country - the 2016 CRI Coding Conference. The conference was held at NIWA headquarters in downtown Auckland on August 2nd and 3rd and had representatives from six of the eight CRIs in attendance.

Access to digital tools is revolutionising research globally and this is true for researchers within New Zealand’s CRIs. This digital revolution in research exploits the developments of new hardware technologies (and the commonly referred to “Moore’s Law”), yet taking advantage of these changes in hardware depends on advancement of the Research Software Engineer or scientific ‘coder’ community. There is an evolving recognition of the importance of those in Research Software Engineer roles with the first conference aiming to develop this community internationally taking place in Manchester next month. Read more...

ResBaz New Zealand is on its way!

New Zealand is getting ready to run Research Bazaar in 2017!

After successfully hosting the event in 2015 and 2016, New Zealand is working towards expanding the number of ResBaz sites in both the South and the North Island. In 2016 it was Auckland and Dunedin (with the main hosts being the University of Auckland and the University of Otago respectively). In 2017 we should see even more engagement from New Zealand's universities and research organisations.

NeSI is working with all New Zealand ResBaz 2017 sites, coordinating communication and providing support, in particular to the ones that are planning to organise the event locally for the first time. Read more...

NeSI & Victoria University of Wellington Software Carpentry Workshop

Software Carpentry's mission is to help scientists and engineers get more research done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic lab skills for scientific computing. This hands-on workshop will cover basic concepts and tools, including program design, version control, data management, and task automation. Participants will be encouraged to help one another and to apply what they have learned to their own research problems.

When: Thursday, 1 September 2016 at 9:00 AM - Friday, 2 September 2016 at 4:00 PM

Who: The course is aimed at graduate students and other researchers. You don't need to have any previous knowledge of the tools that will be presented at the workshop.

Where: 77 Fairlie Terrace. Get directions with OpenStreetMap or Google Maps.


In other news...

Recent research outputs

Below is a sample of recent research outputs that NeSI has been made aware of: We are always interested in hearing about research outputs generated with the help of NeSI. To notify NeSI of upcoming publications, please email If you would like to be kept up to date with research outputs as NeSI includes them, please join our Mendeley Group.

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