Monthly Archives: September 2014

DaSH Meeting on September 26

Hi DaSHers
Sorry for the late notice, but this week’s presenter, Marty Hidas from IMOS, has literally just climbed out of his sick bed to prepare a talk for us. Marty will be demonstrating the awesome powers of the IMOS portal as a gateway to near limitless observations of marine stuff. It should be a vital talk for anyone with an interest in marine science who has ever wondered what data sets are available to help their research.


ALSO: Next week we have Ben Galton-Fenzi from AAD giving us the low down on using the TPAC high performance computers for research. The week afterwards we have Roger Proctor from IMOS lined up to tell us about the Marine Virtual Laboratory (known as Marvl – how good is that?) that is being launched nationwide this month.


IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre – it’s the big lecture theatre on the left as you walk into the waterfront building foyer – 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point,  next to CSIRO.


Friday 26 September, 9:15am


DaSH Session postponed for a week

Hi DaSHers,
Due to illness Marty Hidas from IMOS has had to postpone his DaSH talk until next week. Marty will be telling us all about how to best use the IMOS data portal to access data and thus make our great research even better. Should definitely be worth waiting a week to find out all about it.

The week after that we have Ben Galton-Fenzi who will be walking us through the use of high performance computers  (OK, let’s just say supercomputers) to make our research go even faster (but hopefully not our mistakes even bigger).

See you next week


PS And for the nostalgic among you, the rumour is our founder and DaSH hall of famer Rob Johnson will be making an appearance next week.

Python for absolute beginners at IMAS

Hi DaSHers
Anya Reading has booked a room in IMAS for next week and will be offering her Python for absolute beginners as a 4 week course on Wednesday afternoons starting next week. This promises to be a great course for anyone who thinks they need to know how to program in Python but has had no programming experience. Places are limited but there are still spots available if you would like to attend.

Sign up by contacting Anya directly (

All sessions run from 3 – 5 pm on Wednesdays.
24 September – Aurora Lecture Theatre
1 October – Rori Flex Room
8 October – Rori Flex Room
15 October – Aurora Lecture Theatre

Bring your own laptop. Python will need to be installed before you start the course. This is easily done, but if you have any worries I suggest contacting your local IT person and asking for advice.


Postponed Python for absolute beginners

Hi DaSHers,
Owing to overwhelming demand, Anya Reading has offered to run Python for Absolute Beginners sessions in the IMAS Building specifcally for the DaSH community and other interested people. These will be done as a separate series of sessions in the coming months. As such Anya has now had to close her sessions (planned for this week in the Earth Sciences building) to non earth science people.

Further details to be announced as they develop.


Python for absolute beginners

Hi DaSHers,
No DaSH meeting this week (still looking for volunteers), but Anya Reading from Earth Sciences has invited any DaSHer who is interested along to her Python for absolute beginners course that she is running for the next 6 weeks. Details below:

Over the next two weeks we have Marty Hidas from IMAS and Ben Galton-Fenzie from AAD talking about accessing IMOS data for research and use of the TPAC high performance computers respectively.



Hi Stuart,
Could you kindly advertise through DaSH that I’m teaching Python for Absolute Beginners, starting this Friday 12 September at 2pm?  Geo computer room, Earth Sciences Building (just around from the seismometer drum/globe) Sandy Bay.
[Session times are some Friday’s (2-5pm) and some Wednesdays (11-2pm, from 24 Sept) for the rest of semester 2.  Exact sessions to be announced.]
I have spaces for about 4 extra’s in the class, and would like to open this up to DaSH participants.  Best if you bring your own notebook, and let me know in advance if you would like to join in.
Many thanks,
Dr Anya M. Reading
Group Leader – Computational Geophysics and Earth Informatics
Senior Lecturer in Geophysics
School of Physical Sciences (Earth Sciences)
Mail: Earth Sciences, University of Tasmania, Private Bag 79, Hobart, TAS, 7001
Skype: anyamreading
Landline: +61 (0)3 6226 2477

DaSH Meeting on September 5

Hi DaSHers
This week we have the ever informative and helpful Mike Sumner giving us what promises to be a cracker of a presentation. Mike’s talk is titled Common tasks with GIS tools in QGIS, GDAL and R. He tells me he will be looking at some example “gotchas” when working with spatial data and tips for understanding and dealing with them. The talk will be aimed at an introductory level. If you think you need to manipulate spatial data in any format then this is probably the talk for you.


ALSO: Still working on a DaSH talk for next week. I hope to have something worked out soon. In the following weeks we have Ben Galton_Fenzi and Marty Hidas to look forward to.


IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre – it’s the big lecture theatre on the left as you walk into the waterfront building foyer – 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point,  next to CSIRO.


Friday 5 September, 9:15am