Get your Research on at ResBaz!

Kickstart your research in 2017 with the Research Bazaar (ResBaz). It is on in Brisbane again this year and is hosted by The University of Queensland. ResBaz is an international festival celebrating digital literacies that are the foundation of modern research. It facilitates collaboration between early career researchers, PhD students, and researchers at other stages of their career using the next generation of digital research tools. You can learn from peers about the digital skills needed for cutting edge research in the 21st century!

There are several events happening in Brisbane throughout ResBaz including a Festival Day and a variety of workshops. Some of the information shared will be about OpenRefine and Web scrapers, bioinformatics as well as some Software Carpentry lessons.

For those able to get to Brisbane the details are as follows –

Where: University of Queensland, St Lucia campus (Advanced Engineering Building)

When: 7-9 February, 2017.

What: ResBaz includes several events and workshops. Registration for the market day is available and recommended. Registration for the workshops is essential.

For those who can’t to get to Brisbane, don’t worry! ResBaz is an international event and hosted in other locations around the globe so you can find a ResBaz location near you.

Can’t make it toResBaz? No worries, QUT Library offers research support to students. Check out QUT Library’s resources for researchers and the training and assistance we offer to all Higher Degree Research Students, other researchers and research support staff.

Open Access Week 2016: Open in Action

2016 International Open Access Week is celebrated from 24 – 28 October. You might ask, what is open access and why is it important? Open Access (OA) material is freely accessible to everyone and is important in allowing equitable access to research.  Open access can give researchers and students in developing countries access to information that they would otherwise not be able to afford.  It is also important because it takes your research to a much wider audience and makes it easier for other researchers to find and cite.

This year the focus is on Open in Action and how we as researchers, librarians and students can become more familiar with open access. We can do this by focusing on the small steps everyone can take to make openness in research a reality.

QUT will be hosting two events in International Open Access Week that will showcase these actions, the researchers who are leading by example, and the ways openness advances research and scholarship.

Register now to join us at these events and discover how you can become part of the open access movement.

Open in action: Skill exchange
Tuesday 25 October
2:00 – 4:00pm
IHBI Seminar Room, KG-Q430
Kelvin Grove
Register online now

This workshop provides an opportunity for QUT staff and HDR students to learn more about how to utilise open access in their research. Experts will give short presentations on topics ranging from scholarly publishing and applying licences to research outputs. Participants will then have the opportunity to share their skills and knowledge with their colleagues.  Light afternoon tea provided.

Open in action: Making openness in research a reality
Wednesday 26 October
2:00 – 4:00pm
The Gibson Room, GP-Z1064
Gardens Point
Register online now

All researchers at QUT will benefit from hearing from academics from QUT, Griffith, and UQ provide insight into why they incorporate open access into their research practice. They will also discuss the practicalities of open data and open access publishing for researchers. Light afternoon tea provided.

Contact Library Research Support for more information.

 

Play, Learn, Win, Take the Engineering Academic Challenge!

ad_eac_235Engage in real world contemporary engineering problem solving!

Do you have the urge to test your mettle against other students from around the globe? Then join the Engineering Academic Challenge, compete against thousands of engineering students from hundreds of institutions around the globe!

The prestigious worldwide Engineering Academic Challenge starts October 10th. Over five weeks contestants use QUT Library’s Knovel and the Engineering Village database Compendex to answer five real world questions about trending engineering topics to win great prizes.

The Engineering Academic Challenge has been created by Drexel University College of Engineering students; for students. Challenge problem sets are based around five themes –

  1. Sustainable Energy
  2. Connectivity for 21st Century
  3. Making (Future Manufacturing)
  4. Future of Medicine
  5. Future of Transport

Solving the themed problems will challenge and extend you. Develop, test and measure innovative solutions. Teams and / or individuals can take part. Students from any discipline are welcome to participate. To accept the challenge register now online.

Begins Monday 10th October and end Sunday 13th November. For more information visit Engineering Academic Challenge.

Bring out your data

Bring out your DATA to make your research datasets reusable, visible, discoverable and citable. Archiving and safely securely storing your data are important established steps in the scholarly communication process; increasingly, publishing and sharing your data is too.. Depositing data in QUT’s Research Data Finder is now easier than ever.

Publishing and sharing your research data, under a Creative Commons licence, is good practice and has benefits for you as a researcher since it enables you to get credit for your datasets.  Many funders now have data sharing requirements and, increasingly, journals and publishers have a data sharing policy. QUT supports researchers in securely storing and safely sharing research datasets.

Research Data Finder has a new look and increased functionality. It now contains over 230 records of research datasets. Examples include:

Sharing research data or information about data (metadata) can unlock opportunities for you as a researcher and can help drive innovation. QUT’s Management of Research Data policy encourages open data practices at QUT wherever possible, as there are many benefits to researchers and universities.

Contact the Research Data Librarian for more information on using Research Data Finder and the University Copyright Officer for information on licencing your dataset.

International Data Week

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From 11th – 17th September, it is International Data Week. The theme for International Data Week is about mobilising the data revolution, exploring how to improve our knowledge and benefit society through data driven research and innovation.

While data scientists, researchers, entrepreneurs and industry leaders from across the globe gather at Denver, Colorado for the international conference, events closer to home are being held for researchers and those interested in what’s behind research data, such as managing research data, sharing and publishing research data.

Higher degree research students and new QUT researchers are encouraged to attend research skills workshops. Workshop details on the research support calendar.

QUT, together with the State Library of Queensland and ANDS (Australian National Data Service), will also host Sprint to the Finish for 23 (research data) Things. This event is an opportunity for those completing 23 (research data) Things to share what has been learned. The Sprint will also include a tour of The Cube, one of the world’s largest digital interactive learning and display spaces dedicated to providing an inspiring, explorative and participatory experience of QUT’s Science and Engineering research.

Sprint to the Finish is open to anyone, however you will need to complete at least Things 1-5 of the course. Register for this event on Eventbrite.

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