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July 15, 2020

For more than 20 years, WestGrid has directly supported researchers at its founding member institutions spread across Western Canada. We are now looking to expand our reach to support more research and innovation in academia and industry.

We're working to create more opportunities for progress, extend the value of research & development (R&D) outcomes, and help you discover what’s possible more quickly.

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July 5, 2020

On Friday, June 26, WestGrid hosted a Community Town Hall where our Director of Operations, Patrick Mann, shared the latest updates on WestGrid and Compute Canada activities. Topics discussed at the WestGrid June 2020 Town Hall included:

  • Cybersecurity on the Cedar cluster (Guest speaker: Martin Siegert, WestGrid Site Lead, Simon Fraser University)
  • Best practices for researchers accessing Compute Canada systems (Guest speaker: Scott Baker, Manager, Sensitive Research, Advanced Research Computing Office...
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July 2, 2020

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) has announced a public consultation that will inform its process to form a permanent Researcher Council. The Researcher Council will be a critical component of NDRIO’s commitment to involve the research community as it designs a new service delivery model supporting Canada’s new Digital Research Infrastructure (DRI) strategy.

This strategy aims to help ensure scholars and scientists have the digital tools, support, services and infrastructure they need to support leading-...

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June 26, 2020

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) and the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) have signed an agreement for $2.86 million that will support the Portage Network’s continued contributions to national data management through stewardship platforms, services, tools, outreach...

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June 21, 2020

Join us on Friday 26 June for our next WestGrid Community Town Hall. Patrick Mann, WestGrid's Director of Operations, will share the latest updates from WestGrid and Compute Canada that have impacts on advanced research computing users in Western Canada, including:

  • Cybersecurity in Compute Canada and best practices for researchers
  • WestGrid's new Associate Member Program
  • Latest updates on the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO)
  • Operational updates within WestGrid...
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June 19, 2020

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) Board of Directors has established an interim Researcher Advisory Group to lead next steps in the formation of a permanent Researcher Council, a process that will include comprehensive community consultation this summer. The Researcher Council is a critical component of NDRIO’s commitment to establishing a culture of service to, and engagement with, researchers as it designs a new service model for the delivery of...

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June 15, 2020

The New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization (NDRIO) and Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) have signed an MOU that will enhance the promotion of science for the public good, providing valuable open-source, research-driven data for Canadian and international researchers alike.

NDRIO is providing funding in the amount of $140,000 to the World Data System's International Technology Office (ITO), hosted by ONC at the University of Victoria, to support the execution of two key work packages: 1) harvestable metadata services and 2)...

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May 30, 2020

The University of Victoria (UVic) and Compute Canada are turning the power of Arbutus, Canada’s largest scientific cloud, toward the task of analyzing the protein structure of the SARS-CoV-2 virus, as part of an international collaborative effort to help researchers develop drug therapies for COVID-19.

The Folding@home project is an international distributed computing collaboration that runs protein folding simulations for the purpose of disease pathology...

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WestGrid webinar Dec 12
May 26, 2020

On Friday, April 17, WestGrid hosted a Community Town Hall where our Director of Operations, Patrick Mann, shared the latest updates on WestGrid and Compute Canada activities. Topics discussed at the WestGrid January Town Hall included:

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WestGrid webinar May 2019 Twitter data
May 25, 2020

Join us for a one-hour webinar on Wednesday, May 27 where we'll look at Mining Twitter data for resesearch. This online presentation will be hosted by John Simpson, Humanities & Social Sciences Specialist with Compute Canada.

Details

Mining Twitter data for research
Wednesday, May 27
10:00 - 11:00 am Pacific
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