Perth Data Science Week 2018 launches, featuring Digital Humanities Pathways Forum

Perth Data Science Week 2018 launches, featuring Digital Humanities Pathways Forum
May 16, 2018 Chris Button

This Friday’s Digital Humanities Pathways Forum will be a key part of Perth Data Science Week 2018, a week-long promotion of data science activities. Featuring a focus on “jobs and opportunities”, Perth Data Science Week 2018 (formerly known as Perth Big Data Week) will aim to make data science widely accessible, a cause eRSA is proud to support through its Pathways Forum.

Read on below for the official launch media release from the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre for Perth Data Science Week 2018:Perth Data Science Week 2018

Media Release

Data Science Week has officially been launched! There are so many events on this week so reshuffle that little black book and get on down to Perth Data Science Week 2018.

Grab your chance to see how data science is applied to areas such as supercomputing, machine learning, computation and analytics.

Meet representatives from mining, education and academia who will explain how they are using data science to create amazing opportunities – and jobs!

WA’s Chief Scientist, Professor Peter Klinken AC, launched the week’s events, at the Pawsey Supercomputing Centre during a State of the State update.

“Data is a mine full of gold and gems, waiting for us to explore ”, Professor Klinken said, “There are huge advances in this particular area every year, and it never ceases to amaze me, how quickly the notion of data science is being captivated. Everyone is talking about it”.

The launch kicks off a week brimming with excellent events, presented by CORE Innovation Hub, Women in Technology, Scitech and a range of technology startups.

With more than 15 events scheduled for the week, so unlock that black box… register now at or follow the hashtag #DSW18!

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    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
  • “It would be impossible to do the type of research that we’re doing without them – it is a major factor in achieving our research outcomes.”  
    Associate Professor Con DoolanSchool of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • 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
  • "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

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