Sharing research data

Are you a QUT researcher? Make your datasets available, discoverable and accessible with Research Data Finder

Are you a QUT researcher? Make your datasets available, discoverable and accessible with Research Data Finder

QUT researchers can now make their datasets openly available, discoverable and accessible using QUT’s Research Data Finder. Researchers can easily self-deposit datasets, quickly describe and publicly share them with the broader research community, maximising opportunities for data re-use and ensuring compliance with funders and publishers.

Two examples where researchers have shared their dataset are below.  There is a link to the dataset at the top right corner in the Access the Data section.

Why share data?

Both the ARC and NHMRC encourage the dissemination of research data (Section C of ARC Discovery grants instructions to applicants).  The Australian Code for the Responsible Conduct of Research states: “Researchers have a responsibility to their colleagues and the wider community to disseminate a full account of their research as broadly as possible.” [Section 4.4]

Public Library of Science (PLOS) and Nature journals require authors to make all data underlying the findings described in manuscripts fully available without restriction, with rare exception.

QUT’s Management of research data policy (MOPP D/2.8.7) advises that QUT ‘research data will be made available for access and re-use by other researchers subject to any contractual, ethical, privacy or confidentiality matters’.  The Guidelines for the Management of Research Data at QUT provide further details on all aspects of research data management including  access and re-use, access agreements, and a range of licences (copyright and Creative Commons).

Other benefits of sharing research datasets in Research Data Finder are:

  • An increase in citations by up to 69% (Piwowar & Vision, 2013)
  • Data is readily available for re-use when required
  • An improved research profile
  • Increased national and international opportunities for collaboration and innovation

Contact your Liaison Librarian for more information about depositing datasets into Research Data Finder

Ada Lovelace Day

Mathematician, writer and computer programmer: Ada Lovelace was ahead of her time. In the 1840s, she designed the first ever algorithm to be performed by a machine and has since become a symbol for women today in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (otherwise known as STEM).

October 13 is Ada Lovelace Day: A day to celebrate women in STEM and share the stories of female role models who have inspired others to participate in such a male-dominated field.

William Henry Mote Colored engraving based on Chalon portrait (1838) from Wikimedia Commons

William Henry Mote Colored engraving based on Chalon portrait (1838) from Wikimedia Commons

It’s easy to get involved! You can:

  • Send a Tweet
  • Update Facebook
  • Add a link to FindingAda.com on LinkedIn
  • Write about Ada Lovelace Day on your blog
  • Email your friends and/or relevant mailing lists
  • Post an item on LinkedIn or Facebook Groups

There are heaps of other great (and simple!) ways to get involved! You might like to brush up on your knowledge about women in science, mathematics, and engineering by having a browse through our QUT Library collection or read about QUT’s ongoing commitment to STEM.

Are you a woman working in STEM? We’d love to hear your story in the comments below! Who are your female STEM role models?

 

International Open Access Week: Open for Collaboration

Open Access Week

Join us for International Open Access Week!

Monday 19th to Friday 23rd October is International Open Access Week. Around the world, universities are holding events to celebrate and to draw attention to the many benefits that flow from an ‘open’ approach to data, research outputs and scholarly communication. This year you are encouraged to be ‘Open for Collaboration’. QUT Library is hosting two events plus there is a joint QUT, Griffith and University of Queensland event hosted by Griffith University at their Southbank Campus. The program will be of interest to QUT academic staff and HDR students so register for one or more of the events and be part of International Open Access Week.

Publishing Futures: Beyond the journal article
The session will preview the future landscape in scholarly communication in the digital era including new modes of academic publishing.
When: Monday 19th October, 2-3:30pm
Where: IHBI Seminar Room, Level 4, Q Block, 60 Musk Avenue, Kelvin Grove
Register

Towards Open Science: Innovations changing (research) process, peer review and publication.
This session will discuss the open models of knowledge creation and distribution arising from increasing global expectation of open access to Government-funded research outputs.
When: Tuesday 20th October, 2-3:30pm
Where: Gibson Room, Level 10, Z Block, Gardens Point
Register

Open for Collaboration – International Open Access Week Seminar
Come along and listen to a panel of Brisbane academics talk about their approach, facilitated by Professor Ginny Barbour, Executive Officer, Australasian Open Access Support Group.
When: Wednesday 21st October, 2-4pm
Where: Ship Inn Conference Centre, Southbank Parklands
Registration is free, but essential.

Contact Library Research Support for more information.

Mental Health Week in the Library

Some lovely Library staff with platters of healthy snacks for students in our Library Chillout Zones for Mental Health Week 2015.

Some lovely Library staff with platters of healthy snacks for students in our Library Chillout Zones for Mental Health Week 2015.

 

This week QUT Library has been bustling with activities for Mental Health Week 2015. The purpose of Mental Health Week is to reflect on mental health and take some positive steps to highlight the importance of mental wellbeing. Here are some of the positive activities we’ve been up to this week:

QUT Law Library in conjunction with the QUT Law Society held a breakfast with industry partners who shared their knowledge and strategies about how they cope with stress in the workplace.

Colouring in, popcorn, fairy floss and snow cones were all on offer in the Library this Mental Health Week

Colouring in, popcorn, fairy floss and snow cones were all on offer in the Library this Mental Health Week

One of the mooting courts in the Law Library made way for colouring in activities and the free snow cones, fairy floss and popcorn were a big hit!

Our staff got in on the action and squeezed in some cuddles with cute baby animals.

Caleb with the cutest baby piglet! Nawww!

Caleb with the cutest baby piglet! Nawww!

 

 

 

 

 

Annette up close and personal with this cute baby goat!

Annette up close and personal with this cute baby goat!

On Thursday October 8 on level 4 of Kelvin Grove Library, we’ll be offering free five minute massages between 11am-1:00pm and 4pm-6pm. QUT Counselling is also holding free mindfulness meditation sessions to help you stress less. These will be held from 12:15pm-1pm at Kelvin Grove Library in R403. There are many more Mental Health Week activities happening this week at QUT.

If you’d like to know more about mental health, visit QUT Counselling, check out the online resources available at The Desk or for urgent assistance, call Lifeline.

Open for Collaboration

This year’s theme for Open Access (OA) Week is Open for Collaboration, with the intention of involving as wide a group of people as possible in all aspects of being “open”. The Australasian Open Access Support Group is supporting this week and highlighting various activities.

OA Week is October 19-23, but you can get involved early. As part of this year’s week SPARC and the Wikimedia Foundation’s Wikipedia Library are co-hosting a global, virtual edit-a-thon for Open Access-related content on Wikipedia.

You don’t need to be an expert Wikipedia editor to contribute. In fact, you don’t need any editing experience at all! All you need is an interest in Open Access and willingness to share your knowledge by adding it to an article or translating information into a new language. Training for new editors will be provided as part of the event. A homepage for the Open Access Week Edit-a-thon has been setup on the Wikimedia website. On this page, you’ll find everything you need to participate.

You can also attend up to three events at QUT during OA Week in October (19-23) to learn and hear more about how Open Access is driving collaboration and advancing research.

Contact Library Research Support for more information.

Paraphrasing Without Plagiarising

One of the most common questions we get asked in the library is, “How do I paraphrase?” and, “Have I paraphrased this enough?” Paraphrasing effectively is an essential academic skill that you will need to develop throughout your studies.

Paraphrasing involves taking someone else’s ideas and substantially rewriting them using your own words (while still retaining the meaning). It is more than just changing a few words around or using synonyms. You must completely restructure the sentence and use different words than the author. When you paraphrase, you need to acknowledge the source of the idea with an in text reference at the end of the sentence.

This video will give you much more advice about how to paraphrase correctly. A transcript for this video is available.

In short, plagiarism involves passing someone’s ideas or work off as your own. This might happen by:

  • Direct copying, summarising, or paraphrasing another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement of the sources
  • Using or developing an idea or hypothesis from another person’s work without appropriate acknowledgement
  • Representing the work of another person as your own work
  • Copying non-word based material (such as diagrams, plans or audiovisual materials) and presenting them as one’s own work
  • Using another person’s experimental results as one’s own or without appropriate acknowledgement.

Paraphrasing is one of the most important skills you can master as it shows your ability to comprehend and communicate your knowledge and understanding of a particular idea.

For more information, see QUT’s guide to academic integrity.

 

Create a Better Online You this eSmart Week

What would a potential employer find if they Googled you? Do you know how to use social media strategically to create an impressive digital footprint? Have you ever been concerned that you spend too much time on social media?

As eSmart week draws to a close, these are some of the questions you might like to ask yourself. Many of us will be aware of the ways in which social media can be used negatively, but there are also many ways to contribute positively online for the benefit of yourself and others.

Our online self assessment tool 'Create a Better Online You' allows you to see how your thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviours about social media compare to other students.

Our online self assessment tool ‘Create a Better Online You’ allows you to see how your thoughts, feelings, attitudes and behaviours about social media compare to other students.

QUT Library has developed Create a Better Online You. This is an online self assessment tool which allows you to reflect on the ways in which you use social media with regards to your career and employment, mental health and your online rights and responsibilities. You’ll be able to see how your responses compare to other students and receive some handy tips once you’ve completed each section.

For more information and advice on social media and how it relates to you as a student, check out our full suite of social media resources.

PhD Opportunity – What is the value of QUT Library?

Are you looking to do your PhD? Are you interested in Academic Libraries? Would you like to receive a scholarship to complete your PhD?

If you answered yes to all three questions, read on!

At the Library we’re about so much more than books! Complete your PhD with us and help us to understand the value of our library. Applications close 28 September 2015

QUT Library is currently looking for applicants for a three year PhD scholarship. We’ve teamed up with QUT Business School (Australia’s first business school with triple international accreditation!) to offer this awesome opportunity to investigate the value of QUT Library. We’re not only interested in answering, “What is the value of QUT Library?” but also discovering the myriad of ways that libraries contribute to achieving university-wide goals. Throughout your study, you’ll be working closely with QUT Library senior staff.

The closing date for applications is 28 September 2015. For more details and eligibility requirements, please see the information on our website.

 

Free Library membership for Queensland teachers

QUT Library is now offering free Library membership for all Queensland teachers! I took a tour of the Curriculum Collection at QUT Kelvin Grove to get a taste of what’s on offer.

I soon discovered there’s a lot more to the Curriculum Collection than meets the eye! There’s a whole row of maps and charts on a range of topics as well as the newest editions of a range of textbooks. I had great fun browsing through the shelves and checking out what was inside!

In one box, I found this giant pair of dice! I’m sure they would make learning maths lots of fun. I also found a section full of puppets. They were so cute! As I wandered through the collection past some shelves full of musical instruments, I found the fiction books – there were a whole range of texts suitable for all ages and reading abilities on offer. It wasn’t just print books and novels but plays, TV shows, audio books and more.A model of an ear found in the Curriculum CollectionAll of these resources and more are now available for Queensland teachers to borrow for free! During the semester, the Library is open until 10pm Monday – Thursday, 9pm on Fridays and from 9am – 5pm over the weekend so there’s plenty of time to come down for a browse.

New and improved Library website!

A new and improved QUT Library website was launched on Sunday June 28.

What’s so new, you ask?

Look and Feel

The re-developed Library website comes with a new look and feel. It has been developed based on user feedback and is consistent with other QUT sites such as QUT Virtual and the Student Portal.

You should feel right at home on the new Library website - it looks the same as many other QUT sites you're already familiar with!

You should feel right at home on the new Library website – it looks the same as many other QUT sites you’re already familiar with!

Content Structure and Navigation

The library website content is easy to find, clearly separated into relevance for specific user groups: Students, Researchers and Community. Information, resources and services for teaching staff can now be found on the new Digital Workplace.

This change created a new navigation structure: Instead of having one homepage, the new site has several landing pages of equal weight and importance. These are:

  • Search and borrow: Find resources and information about how to access them
  • Students: Information, resources and services for students
  • Researchers: Information, resources and services for researchers
  • Community: Library services available to alumni and non-QUT users

There are now several landing pages instead of a home page. This should make it easier for everyone to find the information they need on the Library site quickly and easily.

Access to Your Services

Need to book a room? Place a hold on a resource? Sign up for a workshop? You can do all this and more from one easy menu.

Need to book a room? Place a hold on a resource? Sign up for a workshop? You can do all this and more from one easy menu.

Several services such as ‘My loans and holds’, ‘My room-bookings’ and ‘My workshops’ are user-specific and require a login. These are now grouped in one login menu accessible from every page of the site, rather than being spread out over different pages.

Help and opening hours can be accessed throughout the site using the links in the header.

Access to your services 2

Need help with an assignment? Have a question about the Library? Need to know when we’re open? Easy! Just click the header!

 

 

 

Mobile Access

The new site adapts to different devices and screen sizes, allowing you to access it from everywhere with any device.

Need to access the Library but don’t have a computer! Not a problem! You can access the Library from any device!