What I learned at e-Research Australasia 2012
November 6, 2012
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- Waterfall development still doesn’t work.
- Filling an institutional research data registry is still a hard slog.
- Omero is not just for optical microscopy.
- Spending money so universities can build tools that the private sector will soon provide for free ends badly.
- Research data tools that mimicking the design of laymen’s tools (“realestate.com.au for ecologists“) work well
- AURIN is brilliant. AuScope is even more brilliant than before.
- Touchscreen whiteboards are here, are extremely cool, and cost less than $5000.
- AAF still doesn’t work, but will soon. Please.
- NeuroHub. If neuroscience is your thing.
- Boring, mildly offensive after-dinner entertainment works well as a team-building exercise.
- All the state-based e-Research organisations (VeRSI, IVEC, QCIF, Intersect, eRSA, TPAC etc.) are working on a joint framework for e-research support.
- Cytoscape: An Open Source Platform for Complex Network Analysis and Visualization
- Staff at e-Research organisations have much more informed view of future e-Research projects, having worked on so many of them.
- If you tick the wrong checkbox, your paper turns into a poster.
- People find the word “productionising” offensive, but don’t mind “productifying”.
- CloudStor’s FileSender is the right way for people in the university sector to send big files to each other.
Build it? Wait for someone else to build it?
And a thought that hit me after the conference: although a dominant message over the last few years has been “the data deluge is coming! start building things!”, there are sometimes significant advantages in waiting. e-Research organisations overseas are also building data repositories, registries, tools etc. In many cases, it would pay to wait for a big project overseas to deliver a reusable product, rather than going it alone on a much smaller scale. So, since we (at e-Research organisations) are trying to help many researchers, perhaps we should consider the prospect of some other tool arriving on the scene, when assessing the merit of any individual project.