Monthly Archives: October 2014

DaSH Update

Hi DaSHers,
After today’s DaSH meeting I was told about the upcoming Research Bazaar in February next year (see resbaz.tumblr.com/conference). What is a research bazaar? I will let the organisers answer this for themselves

ResBaz is an academic training conference (i.e. think of this event as a giant Genius Bar at an Apple store), where research students and early career researchers can come to acquire the digital skills (e.g. computer programming, data analysis, etc.) that underpin modern research.  Some of this training will be delivered in the ‘hands-on’ workshop style of Mozilla’s global Software Carpentry bootcamps.

Check out their website resbaz.tumblr.com/conference for more details. It would be great to have some DaSH people go along and report back to the group the skills they learnt.

And while I have your attention, next week’s DaSH session will be led by Tom Remenyi and will involve a presentation and discussion on the stengths of different text editors for programming, and why we should all be using vim (because it’s good for us).

Stuart

Next Session:
Friday 7 November in the Aurora Lecture Theatre

DaSH Meeting for October 31

Hi DaSHers,
This week Mike Sumner from AAD and myself will be presenting an introductory session on the manipulation and use of netCDF files. NetCDF is a very common data format for ocean/climate model output, satellite data and many other spatial data sets. We will discuss the basics of netCDF files and then go through a number of examples to demonstrate common techniques and issues. The talk will be aimed at beginners, or those with limited experience in using spatial data sets.

Note that due to the Polar Law Symposium the DaSH session will be held in the IMAS Board Room on the second floor (immediately above the lecture theatre). If you need to sign in then wait downstairs and I will come and get peoepl at around 9:15.

ALSO: After this week the DaSH calendar is bare. If anyone has an idea for a presentation then now is the time to share it with the world. Send me an email, tweet me or even try using Facebook.

Where:

IMAS Board Room (2nd floor), 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point

When:

Friday 31 October, 9:15am

DaSH Meeting for October 24

Hi DaSHers
It may be Show Day tomorrow, but DaSH will still be on Friday. And really, what more motivation do you need to come to work and avoid an interminable four day long-weekend. And to make it even more exciting, this week we will have Simon Wotherspoon (variously from AAD or IMAS) following up on some queries that arose out of Alain Zuur’s course that he gave in August (see http://www.highstat.com/staff.htm for an overview of Alain and his work).

Stuart

ALSO: Next week Mike Sumner and I will be running a hands on demonstration of how to use NetCDF and other spatial datasets using packages such as R and Matlab. It will be aimed at students and others who have had no, or little, experience with netCDF.

Where:

IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre, 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point

When:

Friday 24 October, 9:15am

DaSH Session for October 17

Hi DaSHers
This week Ben Galton-Fenzi will be continuing his series of talks on high performance computing. This time Ben will be going through the finer details of getting jobs to run on the HPC and benchmarking code. This will involve a live demo and genuine submission of a job (and hopefully resultant output). The talk will also feature a guest spot from Matt Armsby from TPAC who will give a brief overview of the tools that are available for monitoring jobs.

If you think you need to be using HPC facilities then I encourage you to sign up for a TPAC account before Friday (http://www.tpac.org.au/resources/accounts/hpc-new-account-form/) and Ben will hopefully be able to get you started. Bring your own laptop if you want to go down this road.

Stuart

ALSO: Next week Simon Wotherspoon from IMAS will be continuing his occasional series of time series lectures. This one will follow up on queries that arose following Alain Zuur’s course in August. The next week will likely feature a hands on demonstration of how to use NetCDF and other spatial datasets using packages such as R and Matlab. It will be aimed at students and otehrs who have had no, or little, experience with netCDF.

Where:

IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre, 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point

When:

Friday 17 October, 9:15am

DaSH Meeting on October 10

Hi DaSHers
This week we have Roger Proctor from IMOS telling us about the exciting new product MarVL (the Marine Virtual Laboratory). Roger will be presenting MarVL at the Australian Coastal and Ocean Modelling and Observations Workshop tomorrow and once he has ironed out the kinks in his talk at the workshop will be letting us know all about it.

Stuart

ALSO: Still working on a talk for next week. If you have been thinking of presenting something to DaSH then now is the time to contact me. Remember, these sessions are meant to be informal and informative. Preparation by the speaker should be minimal.

Where:

IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre, 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point

When:

Friday 10 October, 9:15am

DaSH Meeting on October 3

Hi DaSHers
This week we have a talk by the ever informative Ben Galton-Fenzi from the Australian Antarctic Division. Ben will be telling us all about the use of high performance computers (OK, let’s call them supercomputers) and how we can employ their awesome computing power to solve our research problems. Hobart is lucky in that we have our very own supercomputing facility in the form of the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing (TPAC) and thus getting to use one of these machines is pretty straightforward.

This talk should be a must-see for anyone with a need for serious computing power.

Stuart

ALSO: Next week Roger Proctor from IMOS will be telling us about the brand new MARVL (the Marine Virtual Laboratory). I have had a preview of this exciting new tool and trust me, it is cool.

Where:

IMAS Aurora Lecture Theatre, 20 Castray Esplanade, Battery Point

When:

Friday 3 October, 9:15am