DataTas Seminar Series

12:00 – 2:00PM July 27 2017
IMAS Waterfront Building (Flex Space)
Welcome to the next session of the DataTas Seminar Series.This month, we have an exciting selection of speakers covering different aspects of the data pipeline, from ensuring that research is reproducible to the logistics in maintaining data into the future.

Following on from the speakers, we kicking off a series of Software Carpentry workshops. Scroll down for more details.

See you there,



Protecting Public Data: Trump’s lessons for data managers everywhere
Steve Diggs (Scripps Institution of Oceanography)Steve Diggs has been heavily involved in the public data “rescue” efforts in the USA this year, in which citizen data managers copied important data sets and their metadata from government data repositories in response to the results of last year’s election and Donald Trump’s announcement that funding would be reduced for some earth observation science programs.

Steve will give us an update on the data rescue efforts and what lessons can be learned globally about ensuring the longevity of published data. Steve is a data manager at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California.



The Australian Ocean Data Network
Natalia Atkins (IMAS, AODN)Natalia Atkins is a project officer at the Australian Ocean Data Network. She’ll take us through the process of publishing your data in a public data repository, and what happens to it from there, all the way through to other people discovering and reusing your data. Natalia is based at IMAS.


How to write a reproducible paper
Damien Irving (CSIRO)Science has undergone a computational revolution in recent decades, to the point where essentially all modern research relies heavily on software and code. Despite this profound change in the research methods employed by scientists, the reporting of computational results has changed very little in academic journals.

This lag has led to something of a reproducibility crisis, whereby it is impossible to replicate and verify most of today’s published computational results. In an attempt to address this problem, Damien will describe a simple procedure for reporting computational results that can be used for any journal paper.

Following on from the speakers, we will be kicking off a series of Software Carpentry workshops. Software Carpentry aims to help researchers get their work done in less time and with less pain by teaching them basic research computing skills.

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.

Software Carpentry is free, but seats are limited. To register your attendance, please click the big “Register Now” button below.

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DaSH Meeting on 27 January – LaTeX

Hi DaSHers,

This Friday Tom Remenyi will be talking about the use of LaTeX, which is a system that has been around so long it can be very hard to use if you weren’t born when the command line was state of the art. Tom has produced a guide to getting started with LaTeX for the modern user.

LaTeX is a document preparation system and a document markup language:

There is also a reasonably famous “not so short” introduction to LaTeX here:


Friday 29 January 2016

Rori Flex Room, ground floor IMAS Building

DaSH Seminar for December 18

Hi DaSHers,
Tomorrow DaSH is going to try something a bit different: competitive live coding. OK, maybe I am getting a bit carried away, so let me explain. After last week’s session a few DaSH regulars got talking and decided it would be interesting to compare different techniques for performing common data analysis tasks in different languages, and what better way to do this than under pressure in front of a live studio audience. As such Rob Johnson will be turning up tomorrow with a time series of ocean colour from the Southern Ocean in netCDF format. Those present who are up for the challenge will have 15minutes to process the data and produce output in the most presentable format they can muster. All present will then compare the output produced and examine the different coding techniques used to produce that output. Should be fun and hopefully instructive to all present (whether an experienced analyst or not).


Obviously Christmas is next week, so DaSH will be taking a bit of a break. After that I am off on an adventure on the high seas as part of the K-Axis marine science voyage. In my absence Tom and Mike will be steering the DaSH ship. Expect DaSH Sessions to be starting up again in late January.

Friday December 18

Rori Flex Room, IMAS Building

DaSH Session for December 11

Hi DaSHers,
Tomorrow morning Pearce Buchanan an dI will be extolling the virtues of Ferrety for exploring and analysing netcdf files. Ferret is a simple program that installs on most platforms and gives easy access to netCDF files and a number of powerful options for analysing and displaying output.

And as always, if you have any data science related issues then bring them along and we can discuss them and hopefully solve your problems.


Friday, December 11

Rori Flex Room IMAS Building

DaSH Session for November 13

Hi DaSHers
Tomorrow is Friday the 13th, but such clunky superstitions can’t stop DaSH. Tomorrow morning we will be having a DaSH question and answer session. Come along if you have any questions or concerns about using R, Matlab, python or other data science related program, or you want to know more about using the unix shell or GIT. in fact bring any question you have that is related to data science. We will have experts in the room who can hopefully answer your questions, and if not, then they will be able to work with you to find the answers.


Next week Pearse Buchanan and Eric Oliver will be starting up an introductory course on python titled “Python for Oceanographers”.

The sessions will be weekly and will run for 9 weeks. Each week, they will be talking through one chapter from the book “A Hands-On Introduction to Using Python in the Atmospheric and Oceanic Sciences”. This book is freely available for download from the following link:

The first session will begin on Tuesday 17 November at 1pm in the Rori Flex Room and will involve a quick briefing about the book, led by Eric Oliver. This first session will be coding free because we want to find out what it is that YOU want to learn. What do YOU want to use Python for?

If you are interested, please email so that they can gauge numbers.

Friday November 13, 9:15 am

Rori Flex Room, IMAS Building, Castray Esplanade

A couple of DaSH relevant seminars

Hi DaSHers,

I have just received notice of a couple of Matlab webinars that are on this week. If anyone would like to attend I am pretty sure you just click on the link and subscribe.


From: Roland Warner <>

Date: Tuesday, 3 November 2015 at 7:28 AM

To: Stuart Corney <>

Subject: FW: Upcoming MATLAB Webinars



I don’t know if lots of people get MATLAB emails – I just got this one today so it’s rather short notice,

but perhaps a few DaSHERs might be interested in the first two of these MATLAB webinars – (more details below)

Beyond Excel: Enhancing Your Data Analysis with MATLAB

November 4, 2015
11:00 AM AEDT
1:00 PM NZDT


Deep Learning for Computer Vision with MATLAB

November 6, 2015
11:00 AM AEDT
1:00 PM NZDT


I deleted the hyperlinks in the original email since they all had tracking IDs that probably point to me, so people should go to the website: and select Events to sign up.