Reference management in the cloud with Paperpile

Paperpile is an easy to use web-based reference and document management system with secure Google sign-in that allows you to collect, organise and cite your references and documents and share them with collaborators.

Paperpile offers 15GB of free storage and import options from all major databases and other product libraries (including EndNote and Mendeley). The web-based system allows you to access your library on different computers and mobile devices without the need to download software.

As a QUT researcher you have free access to QUT’s Paperpile site licence and can find more information on our website about installing Paperpile.

 

Save the Date for Open Repositories 2017 Conference!

brisbane-1222078_1920 croppedGriffith University, QUT and UQ are ecstatic to announce that Brisbane will be hosting the annual Open Repositories 2017 Conference. This international conference first started back in 2006 and Australia was the very first host. It is really exciting to see it come back to the land of kangaroos and Tim Tams and more importantly Brisbane!

This conference brings together library and information professionals from a range of backgrounds including higher education, government, galleries, libraries, archives and museums. These industries bring their brilliant users and developers of open digital repository platforms to provide an interactive forum. Around 400 people from all over the world are expected to attend this forum in order to explore the global challenges and opportunities facing libraries and the broader scholarly information landscape.

Linda O’Brien’s, Pro Vice Chancellor, Information Services at Griffith University, remarks from the recent press release clearly highlights what this successful bid means –

“This announcement confirms what we already know – Australian universities are amongst the most innovative around the world and that Brisbane is a world-class conference destination.”

The specifics of the conference are below –

Date: 26-30 June 2017

Venue: Hilton, Brisbane

For further information you can check out their website and sign up to their mailing list.

So, if you have an interest in digital repositories or want to learn more about them make sure you save this date!

 

Spacebots for Science Week

In celebration of Sciethree-toy-robots-10073357nce Week, the World Science Festival is hosting Ars Electronica Futurelab’s Shared Space Bots showcase. Come and see specially designed robots and interact with the exhibition that puts research into action!

QUT students and staff can register for this free this event online. Further details are below –

Venue: Gardens Point Theatre

Time: Thursday 10 March: 3:30pm, 4:30pm
Friday 11 March: 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm (10.30am and 4.30pm Sold out)
Saturday 12 March: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pm, 4.30pm
Sunday 13 March: 10:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, 3:30pmIt is being held at QUT’s

There are loads more events, workshops and demonstrations available to register for as QUT embraces real world science. For more information on other events for Science Week in Brisbane, check out the World Science Festival Brisbane and get your sneak peek into the future!

 

Open Data Day

open data dayOpen Data Day is a gathering of citizens in cities around the world to write applications, liberate data, create visualizations and publish analyses using open public data to show support for and encourage the adoption of open data policies by the world’s local, regional and national governments.  On Friday 4th March, the Open Data Institute of Queensland (ODI) will be hosting a free Open Data Day event called ‘Make Something’.  The idea is to by make things with, or about, open data.  They have two projects planned but you’re welcome to propose others.

For the first project, budding story tellers, screen-writers, open data enthusiasts will be prototyping a 2 minute video for use in open data related induction training.  The second project steps participants through the process to earn an open data certificate for a data set. As you walk through the process, the questions you ask will help the Open Data Institute create FAQs and write handy help pages for others.  Please BYO laptops.

There will be wi-fi, whiteboards, coffee, small breakout rooms (4 people) and ping-pong. All that’s required is your creativity. If you have a specific project in mind, let them know in advance.

Venue: Open Data Institute of Queensland,  70-72 Bowen St Spring Hill

Date: Friday 4th March 2016

Time: 2-5pm

Book your seat now

Contact Library Research Support for more information.

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

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.

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.

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.

 

Share QUT research at the click of a button

Have you read an interesting article in QUT ePrints, and been keen to share it with the world?  Or, have you deposited an article in QUT ePrints and want to make it as visible as possible?

Share buttons on QUT eprints

Now it’s easy to share QUT research!

All items in QUT ePrints now have sharing buttons, making it really simple to share an article with your Facebook friends or Twitter followers.  You can share QUT ePrints across two hundred platforms, including:

  • Reddit
  • Google
  • LinkedIn
  • Delicious
  • WordPress

Look for the share buttons next time you visit QUT ePrints.

 

Cooking for Copyright

On the 31st of July librarians around Australia are doing something naughty… we are doing something against the law….we are going to bake!

What does baking have to do with copyright?

FAIR (Freedom of Access to Information and Resources), an initiative from the Australian Library and Information Association, are pushing for copyright reform in Australia to ensure that everyone has access to the rich history of unpublished work which is currently collecting dust in boxes.

In Australia, copyright is limited to 70 years after the death of the creator of a published work, but for unpublished work copyright lasts forever. FAIR is pushing for the same copyright laws to exist for published work and unpublished work.

So what are unpublished works? Unpublished works can include diaries, letters, records, and recipes. Librarians from around Australia have found some unpublished recipes which are technically not allowed to be shared under current copyright law and popped them on the FAIR website for everyone to use. Their goal is to create a social media frenzy so that those who have the responsibility of enacting copyright reform can hear the public voice.

If you would like to participate on Cooking for Copyright Day on the 31st July why don’t you get a bunch of friends together and try out some of these recipes? You can post pictures to the Cooking for Copyright Facebook page as well as using the hashtag #cookingforcopyright.