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  • 15 August 2011

    Arcitecta Shares Award

    Arcitecta is proud to be a joint recipient of the Don Walker Efficiency Award announced at the hic2011 e-Health and Health Informatics conference in Brisbane.

    The award relates to the Clinical Viewer developed by Arcitecta in collaboration with Biogrid, which supports viewing cancer patient data across organisations over the Internet, and the joint recipients were Arcitecta, BioGrid Australia, the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Radiation Oncology Victoria, the Royal Melbourne Hospital, and the University of Melbourne.

    The Don Walker award recipients have demonstrated that their work has improved patient outcomes through the use of innovative technological solutions, reducing the unit cost of diagnostics and treatment, improving administrative processes, or improving throughput.

    Dr Don Walker is a pioneer in the application of computers in Australian health care. With an untiring commitment to the field that spanned decades, Don has made a major contribution to Australian Health Informatics, particularly in the area of terminology.

    The conference is organised annually by HISA, a scientific society established in 1992 for health informaticians and those with an interest in health informatics. HISA aims to improve health through health informatics. It provides a national focus for the science and practice of health informatics.

    This year's conference focus was the Transformative Power of Innovation which reverberates with Arcitecta’s culture of technology innovation and looking beyond the current horizon to further Australia’s e-Health outcomes.

  • 03 August 2011

    DaRIS Links to Monash Biomedical Imaging

    Work is proceeding apace under the ARC Linkage Projects collaboration with the University of Melbourne and Monash University. The PSSD subject-centric scientific data management application (now known as DaRIS), initially deployed by the Centre for Neuroscience at the University of Melbourne, has been enhanced to utilise the new Arcitecta widget toolkit. It will soon include a graphical viewer and editor for experimental workflows, and computational workflow integration will follow.

    DaRIS is now deployed at Monash University and utilises the large research data store (LaRDS). This instance receives content replicated from the Melbourne University DaRIS node. However, in the near future, it is expected that it will also manage primary image data acquired through the MR and PET imaging scanners at the Monash Biomedical Imaging Laboratories. The existing integration with MASSIVE will be further enhanced so that data are efficiently transferred and processed (in I/O and compute intensive processes) generating 3 and 4 dimensional images.

    The data flow will be implemented for the Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) Laboratories, a newly established biomedical imaging research centre led by Professor Gary Egan. The MBI facilities are being co-located with the Imaging and Medical Beamline (IMBL) that is currently under construction at the Australian Synchrotron. The joint MBI-IMBL facilities will provide internationally unique research opportunities for synchrotron and biomedical researchers from Australia and overseas. This will be the only integrated synchrotron imaging and multi-modality (MRI/PET/SPECT) biomedical imaging research facility worldwide.

  • 03 August 2011

    TPAC Translation Services

    The Translation Services project, managed by the Tasmanian Partnership for Advanced Computing (TPAC), is part of the Marine and Climate Data Discovery and Access Project (MACDDAP) funded under the NCRIS program. The project seeks to minimize the effort and cost to convert substantial quantities of data to different metadata standards. The Translation Services have initially been applied to conforming catalogues from THREDDS to NetCDF Climate and Forecast (CF) Metadata Convention, providing a significant cost saving for anyone to translate these types of data.

    Recent improvements include support for long running jobs (sometimes a job that is translating hundreds of thousands of files will run for some weeks), self provisioning and the notification of completion of jobs.

    The service may be accessed at TPAC is using the translation services to conform and republish marine and climate data collections through the TPAC digital library portal

    For information about the service, contact or