eRSA keeps growing as Sara and Joel join the team!

eRSA keeps growing as Sara and Joel join the team!
March 28, 2018 Chris Button

We would like to welcome two new staff joining the eRSA family – Sara King and Joel Lomman.

Sara re-enters the academic world as a Research Engagement Specialist, following a nine-year stint with the National Archives of Australia. Prior to this, Sara completed her PhD in Social History, where she explored the in-depth history of Italian migrants working in South Australian agriculture. At eRSA, Sara will work closely alongside Alexis Tindall in helping humanities researchers, and delivering national Digital Humanities programs, including the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (HASS DEVL) project. In conjunction with this, she will also contribute to building communities of practice, and help eRSA contribute to accelerating research outcomes through bespoke services. You can read more about how our Research Engagement team can help you with your research project here or contact Sara at

Joel is joining the Marketing team at eRSA as our new Marketing & Communications Officer, where he will be working specifically on the development of marketing strategies and plans and the analytics side of all eRSA communications. He will drive our ‘Customer Focus’ initiative to provide relevant, timely and rich articles, guides and events with you in mind. Joel brings a diverse range of experience from his marketing consulting background, having worked alongside organisations from a diverse range of industries.

Welcome to the team, Sara and Joel!

  • "The eRSA support is very personal and solution-focused and not just a brushing off 'it's-your-fault-check-your-code' kind of support which one sometimes gets from University tech supports. I very much appreciate the help."  
    Sven SchellenbergSchool of Science, RMIT University
  • On using an eResearch program to complete 3D modelling of architectural records: “We were able to build an interactive, photo image model of the [historical South Australian property Joseph Elliot’s cottage] home – transforming simple sketches and floor plans into an interactive 3D experience... what we have now is a computerised model that allows us to experience the Elliott house beyond just words on paper”.
    Associate Professor Christine Garnaut
  • "eResearch capabilities ... ensure we can continue to use the latest methods available in our field. The hope is that through the use of these technologies, we will be able to achieve some research outcomes that may otherwise not have been possible.”  
    Professor Ina Bornkessel-SchlesewskyCognitive Neuroscience, UniSA
  • “Open source intelligence is about extracting information from blogs, news sites and social media platforms, any information that can be freely accessed online. There’s way too much information out there for an individual or group of people to comprehend, so we have created automated tools to allow our users to extract the data they need...access to the latest technology allow[s] us to continue to provide the best platforms to our end-users.”
    David BlockowData to Decisions CRC
  • “The supercomputing facilities at eResearch SA permit analysis of a host of interesting problems in evolutionary biology. It is the only computer system in SA that can perform certain complex calculations required to infer large evolutionary trees and associated patterns of evolution.”  
    Associate Professor Michael LeeSouth Australian Museum
  • “Having access to greater computer power helps us put in place a more realistic model in terms of the number of atoms you can have in the system and that improves the predictive power of the calculations.”
    Professor Andrea GersonMinerals and Materials Science & Technology

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