How to register?

Applicants must complete the online registration form by clicking the link below.

   

 

 

How to Participate?
Practitioners, researchers, and educators from diverse disciplines are invited to participate in the second eResearch Africa 2014 conference, to be held from Sunday, 23 November to Thursday, 27 November at the University of Cape Town.

Call for presentations and workshops close on 1 October 2014. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to share your expertise and findings.

To participate in the event, please follow the link below.

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Payment

Once you have successfully completed the online registration form, the Association of South African University Directors of Information and Technology (ASAUDIT) will send your invoice. Payment for the full registration fee must be made by 30 September 2014. Due to limited space, we cannot guarantee your place until we have received payment. You may either pay by Electronic Fund Transfer (EFT) or cheque. Regrettably, we are unable to accept credit card payments at this time.

 

Cancellation Policy

Cancellations received on or before 12 November 2014 are entitled to a full refund. Cancellations received between 14-19 November 2014 are entitled to a refund minus a 10% processing fee. No refunds will be given after 19 November 2014.

 What is the eResearch Africa?

eResearch Africa brings together practitioners and researchers for a stimulating week to share ideas and exemplars on new information centric research capabilities. eResearch is focused on how information and communications technologies help researchers to collect, manage, share, process, analyse, store, find, and re-use information.  test

What are the conference aims?

eResearch focuses on technological platforms and methods that enhance researchers' ability to generate, collect, share, process, analyse, store and retrieve information. All sessions, workshops, posters, and meetings should support the conference aims.

eResearch Africa aims to provide:

  • A catalyst for innovation and collaboration, by bringing together practitioners and researchers from diverse disciplines;
  • A forum to support the development, enhancement, and harmonisation of national, regional, and discipline-specific eResearch services and infrastructures;
  • A showcase for innovative research enabled through these technologies and services.
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What are the conference focus areas?

There are seven focus areas for this year's conference.

  • Big data
     
  • Research data management: building services for greater research impact
    This focus area will explore the role of research data management within the research lifecycle, from grant planning, to information management, publication and dissemination. Topics may include the provision of research data management plans, partnering with researchers in managing dataset metadata, persistent identifiers, author rights, open access publishing, discovery support, data curation and long term preservation.
     
  • National Research and Education Networks (NREN)
    An ideal Research and Education Network is both invisible and indispensable. This focus area explores how networking enables research, and research collaboration as the underlying substrate for movement of data, access to computing resources and a means to connect people. Topics may include (amongst others): network design for research infrastructure, network tools and techniques for the scientist, and value added services like identity federation, video and web conferencing, etc

  • Collaborat​​​​​​ion
    The deputy vice-chancellor for Research (DVCR) will establish a governance framework that enables effective leadership, provides direction and develops ethics and values that will influence and guide practices with regard to sustainability and performance of the eResearch Centre. Innovation and collaboration are key aspects for sustainability:
  • - innovation provides new ways of doing things, including profitable responses, and
    - collaboration is a cooperative arrangement in which two or more parties work jointly towards a common goal.

  • Storage systems: rising to the research storage challenge
    Innovative storage system designs and considerations aimed at servicing the growing demand for storage to support research. Research needs a diverse range of access mechanisms which must cope with complex and variable data sets, whilst also supporting high throughput.  There will be a focus on sharing examples, success stories and cautionary tales from the field .
     
  • Compute
    This include all computing needs for researcher and could include but not limited to, High Performance Computing (HPC), Graphical Processor Unit (GPU) cluster and Parallel or Linear computing.
     
  • Effective visualization for eResearch: exploring and understanding large, complex data sets
    Visualization plays an increasingly important role in data-intensive and multidisciplinary research. At eResearch Africa 2014, we aim to bring together diverse communities -  including researchers and industry partners -  engaged in development of visualization algorithms and software applications, design of technical equipment and facilities, and the use of visualization as core research data analysis and interpretation tool.
  • Effective visualization for eResearch: exploring and understanding large, complex data sets
    Visualization plays an increasingly important role in data-intensive and multidisciplinary research. At eResearch Africa 2014, we aim to bring together diverse communities -  including researchers and industry partners -  engaged in development of visualization algorithms and software applications, design of technical equipment and facilities, and the use of visualization as core research data analysis and interpretation tool.

 Featured Speakers

Solutions Architect and Technical Manager: Microsoft Research

​Dr Kenji Takeda is Solutions Architect and Technical Manager for Microsoft Research. His current focus is helping researchers take best advantage of cloud computing, including through big data and data science approaches, including the ...

Director of the Australian Government's Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project: University of Queensland

​Dr Nick Tate is Director of the Australian Government's Research Data Storage Infrastructure (RDSI) project which is based at the University of Queensland (UQ). He is also both Immediate Past President of the Australian Computer Society...

Digital research Leader: University of Melbourne

​Dr. Steven Manos leads a team of nearly 30 people at the University of Melbourne responsible for digital research platforms, training and engagement. His mission is to lift the digital literacy of the research community by arming them w...

Member of the University Council and its Executive and Finance Committees: University of the Witwatersrand

​Professor Colin Wright pursued an academic career in Computational Mathematics - including his PhD, research, teaching and PhD graduate supervisions. On retiring as full professor of Computational Mathematics at the University of the Wi...

Chairman in Biosemantics: LUMC

​Barend Mons holds a chair in Biosemantics at the LUMC and is one of the scientific directors of NBIC. He also acts as a Life Sciences 'eScience integrator' in the Netherlands eScience centre and participates in Data FAIRport. Currently,...