National Computational Infrastructure


Data Intensive Workshop



Registrations for this workshop program are currently closed.

The Data Intensive Workshop aims to provide a hands-on learning experience for working with the NCI data collections and data access systems, both remotely and in-situ. The two-day workshop will introduce participants to accessing and using the national reference environment, Earth systems and geophysics datasets stored at NCI.

The Workshop will cover how to make the most of the geophysical, environmental and Earth observation data stored at NCI and sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology, CSIRO, Geoscience Australia, the Integrated Marine Observation System (IMOS), the Terrestrial Ecosystem Research Network (TERN), and international sources such as the European Space Agency.

Held on the campus of The Australian National University, this workshop is for researchers at all levels interested in working with varied data in powerful new ways. The training will make it possible for you to discover and work with petabytes of data, directly from your laptop, wherever you are in the world.

The workshop has limited spaces. Once the spaces are filled, participants registering will be added to a waiting list.

The first Data Intensive Workshop will be held on 3-4 November.

The second Data Intensive Workshop will be held on 10-11 November.

Who is this for?

  • PhD students and early career researchers
  • Experienced data practitioners
  • Climate, weather, remote sensing, geophysics and environmental science domain experts

At this workshop, you will learn:

  • What data collections/datasets NCI manages, such as
    • Weather, climate and Earth systems science models and forecast data
    • Satellite and marine observations
    • Elevation and bathymetry data
    • Water and hydrology data
    • Geophysics data including gravity, magnetics and radiometrics
  • How to use these datasets at NCI
    • Accessing the public data (through data services) without an NCI login
    • Making use of NCI’s facilities to work interactively with the data through the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI)
    • Citing reference datasets and licenses at NCI
  • How to work with common file formats and standards, including:
    • NetCDF, HDF, GeoTIFF, Point Clouds and more
    • ISO19115 and more
    • The organisation of NCI’s filesystems
  • How to make the most of the Earth systems, satellite Earth observations, geophysics and other environmental data on NCI
    • How to manipulate and subset this interdisciplinary data effectively
    • How to use common tools, packages and programming languages to analyse this data
    • Examples of visualisation packages to view this data
    • How to access virtual laboratories eg. CWSLab, Australian Geoscience Data Cube, Virtual Geophysics Laboratory
    • How to set up programmatic workflows using Python, C/Fortran either in-situ or through data services
    • How to use the data intensively from within the Raijin supercomputer

NCI’s tools and services covered on this day include:

  • Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) to access iPython notebooks and NCI’s software library
  • NERDIP services including
    • OGC Services eg. WMS, WCS
    • GeoNetwork
  • NCI’s management of datasets

Workshop Program

Further details regarding the program for NCI’s Data Intensive Workshop will be available in the near future.

Day 1
10.00 am Registration and confirm working VDI installation + networking access
TBD Lunch
 5.00pm Closing
 Day 2
 9.00am Opening
 TBD  Lunch
  3.00-3:30pm  Closing remarks


There is no cost for attendees. Attendees will be required to organise and pay for their own transport, accommodation and dinner on Thursday night.

Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.

Venue info

The Data Intensive Workshop will be held on the campus of The Australian National University in Canberra, ACT Australia. Venue details will be provided closer to the workshop date.

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure

To learn more about NCI’s Virtual Desktop Infrastructure and for download instructions, visit


To learn more about NERDIP, visit


Delegates will book their own accommodation in Canberra.
Suggested accommodation:
University House is on the ANU campus, only a few minutes walk from the conference venue.
NovotelHotel Hotel and QT Canberra are all in close walking distance, as are many of the hotels on Northbourne Ave.

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