- The ARC has added a new Research Data Management page to their website

- CMIP5 update: most of the ESGF nodes are back online, still missing are NCI and the Chinese nodes.


- CMIP5: the ARCCSSive module has now a new stable version and the database has been updated to include all the data replicated on raijin, both by users and by NCI as a bulk transfer.

- There is a new CMIP community page on NCI confluence, for information and updates relating to the CMIP data and activities at NCI. This includes regular updates on CMIP6 progress. Anyone belonging to ua6 can access and also edit or add comments to some of the pages. This is also the right way to communicate issues with the data and its management on NCI.

- We are developing a new python module to help accessing CMIP5 data, ARCCSSive,
please give it a go and send us feedback.

- CMIP5 update - ESGF nodes will be down end of January and citation info

See Karl Taylor e-mail to CMIP5 users

- New data management plans requirements and tools for UNSW students and researchers

from Stephen Gray e-mail

Dear all, (especially students with upcoming formal reviews)
There is now a question on the online PG review form that asks students to indicate if they have a Research Data Management Plan (RDMP) associated with their project. Information about what this is and what it means (among other things, access to archival storage which will help clear space on CCRC computational servers…) can be found here: https://resdata.unsw.edu.au/pages/authenticate.faces
ARC funding rules now have various stipulations about correct handling of data and collection and storage of metadata. The UNSW ResData system provides a means to do this. As such, all supervisors of PhD students probably ought to have RDMPs linked to their grants. If so, there’s an option to link plan/s to any students they supervise if the data is shared.
HDR students can also set up their own accounts and data plans. It’s a discussion best had between students and supervisors as to whether it’s beneficial for students to have their own separate plan e.g. If you the student is working with and/or generating data that is quite distinct to the supervisor’s.
In the meantime, it is not detrimental to upcoming PG reviews to tick “no” to the question about RDMPs, but it should be a prompt to look into this (staff and students) as it is an emerging compliance issue.

We are in the process of preparing a wiki page with more details about this process and how fits with our own Center requirements.
You can access that from the main data wiki page.

- NASA seminar on the new GIOVANNI interface Redesigning Giovanni: More Data, More Plots, Faster Results
When: Wednesday 6 May 2015, 02:00 PM - 03:00 PM

Time Zone: Eastern Daylight Savings Time (UTC/GMT-4)


- UTAS based PhD student Amelie Meyer developed the "Mixing (MX) Oceanographic Toolbox for EM-APEX float data" with ARCCSS funding.
The Mixing Oceanographic Toolbox provides a framework to estimate the dissipation rate and diffusivity from Electromagnetic Autonomous Profiling Explorer (EM-APEX) float observational data. The EM-APEX floats measure the temperature, salinity, pressure, and horizontal velocity of the current. Vertical gradients of velocity and buoyancy are estimated and a finescale parameterization is applied. This method provides order of magnitude estimates of mixing as well as estimates of the regional variability of mixing.


- ANDS Events

Have regularly a look at the ANDS events webpage.
The Australian National Data Service offers frequent webinars and other online events to help researchers with their data management issues. If this sounds like something which doesn't interest you, then maybe you should start from the next one coming:

Thu, August 7, 12:30pm – 1:30pm Can sharing your research data raise your research profile?

Research data is a valuable asset that can be a used to raise your research profile, increase your citation rates and identify opportunities for collaboration. Dr Anita Smyth is a researcher and Data Facilitator with the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research (TERN) Eco-informatics Facility. In this webinar, Anita will talk about the growing body of evidence that suggests social media is an effective way to raise your research profile. Learn about the benefits of using social media to encourage reuse of your research outputs and identify collaboration opportunities. Understand the relationship between social media and “altmetrics” (or alternative metrics) as an indicator of research impact and reach. There will be plenty of time for your questions.
If you miss it you can always have a look at this and past webinars on youtube http://www.youtube.com/user/andsdata

- New AGU publications data policy

AGU is now requiring authors to identify and archive their data in approved data centers. This applies to all data necessary to understand, evaluate, replicate, and build upon the reported research. Data must be made available and accessible whenever possible together with detailed information describing data or methodology used when the data or methods are new.
AGU reserves the right to refuse publication when authors are unwilling to make the underlying data available or otherwise refuse to comply with the AGU Data Policy.
Here are some notes on the new policy from one of their Editor-in-Chief
Nature has also updated their publications data policy.

- New IMOS ( Integrated Marine Observing System) data portal

IMOS has just released (on the 11 of February) the first version of their new data portal for feedback. The main aim of this new release was to simplify the data download in three easy steps: search, subset and download.
If you're a marine observation data user this is a good chance to give feedback and ask for new features to be added to the current version.
An extract from their announcement follows:
"" Please note that while there are many features that could be added, we would like you to drive this development by telling us what it is you need. We encourage you to use the new portal and provide feedback and suggestions. You may even identify a bug or two, which we can resolve before the release in February.

Portal Access Details
From Tuesday 11 February the new Portal can be accessed via the following link –
http://imos.aodn.org.au/imos/
Should you have any comments or require assistance please review the ‘Help’ link at the top right hand of the Portal – you may find your answer in our User Guide, or send details directly using the ‘Contact Us’ link or email info@emii.org.au. ""

Together with the portal IMOS programmers shared the IMOS user code git repository .
The purpose of this library is to provide a ready to go code solution to incorporate data from NetCDF files in their working environment, starting with a NetCDF parser. Codes are provided in python, R and Matlab. For more information you can visit user code library wiki.


- AeroStat: Online Platform for Statistical Intercomparison of Aerosols announcement