IDIA at UWC Launch

The Director of the Inter-University Institute for Data Intensive Astronomy, Prof. Russ Taylor, launched the new IDIA offices at the University of the Western Cape (UWC). The launch of the office was welcomed by Physics and Astronomy Head of Department, Prof. Christopher Arendse, along with members of the UWC Astrophysics Group and South Africa’s Astronomy community. The launch …

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DARA Big Data Policy fellows at the Science Forum South Africa.

IDIA is a co-proposer of the DARA Big Data programme. Part of the initiative is the DARA Big Data Africa School held earlier this year. Another element is the DARA Big Data Science Policy Fellows who will take part in a dedicated session at the Science Forum South Africa in Pretoria in December 2018. More …

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IDIA-supported hackathon for International Data Week

International Data Week (IDW) 2018 is taking place 5-8 Novembre 2018. A global movement mobilizing data scientists and researchers, representatives from industry and policy makers, IDW stimulates the adoption of data-driven research in every field. Part of IDW2018, the international SciDataCon conference is taking place in Botswana this year. The theme for this year’s conference is …

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IDIA Visualization Postdoctoral Fellowship

Supervisors: Assoc. Prof. Michelle Kuttel and Prof. Rob Simmonds Next generation radio astronomy facilities such as the MeerKAT and Square Kilometre Array (SKA) telescopes, and other SKA pathfinder telescopes are embarking on key science projects that will create very large data sets, intractable with traditional means. The new data sets will be unprecedented in size …

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Earth by NASA

Italy-South Africa Radio Astronomy workshop

Both Italy and South Africa have a strong interest in radio astronomy, and invest into the field accordingly. IDIA is a co-organiser of a special workshop on Italy-South Africa Radio Astronomy held on 24-25 October 2018 at the South African National Research Foundation (NRF). This workshop will cover both scientific topics and broader areas related …

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IDIA is getting a new website

We are building a new website for the Institute. While we are doing so, information on this website will be incomplete. Is there something you cannot find? Get in touch! Email us at communications@idia.ac.za. You can also reach us on our twitter account @Big_IDIA. Thank you for your patience. In the meantime, here are existing websites …

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Oversight Committee

The role of the Oversight committee is to ensure that the Institute fulfils its mandate as described in the IDIA founding agreement. In summary, IDIA is mandated to set up a research cloud infrastructure, to manage it, to make it available to researchers at its partner universities and to support its users. IDIA researchers use …

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Warm send-off for Prof. Ishwara Chandra

IDIA was privileged to have Associate Professor Ishwara Chandra from the National Centre for Radio Astrophysics (NCRA) in Pune, India as a sabbatical visitor for one year. In a warm send-off the the UCT Astronomy department on September 20, Prof. Russ Taylor mentioned how Prof. Chandra’s research contributed to the group’s deep imaging efforts, and thanked …

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IDIA partners with the SARAO Big Data Africa school.

The week of 10 – 17 September 2018 sees the 2nd Big Data Africa school take place near Cape Town. Organised by SARAO as part of the Newton Fund‘s DARA Big Data project, the school brings 27 students from 8 African countries together with lecturers, local and international, to take part in an intense, hands-in academic …

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