Hacky Hour at QUT: Skills for Open Research

Get help with your research data and publishing

Hacky Hour is a regular meet-up where researchers can get together over a coffee to collaborate, converse, and get research help in a relaxed setting. Experts will be on hand to advise on problems related to coding, data analytics, digital tools or open research, with knowledgeable folk from QUT Library, the Digital Observatory and the Office of eResearch.

Bring your questions on:

  • Data wrangling
  • Programming with R, Python, SQL
  • Building and interacting with databases
  • Data management planning
  • Machine learning
  • Web APIs and web/social media data collection
  • Version control with Git
  • Publishing – where and how
  • Open Scholarship and Open Research
  • Copyright & Creative Commons licensing
  • ORCiD and other identifiers
  • Research data publishing

Join us via Zoom (video conferencing) for a virtual session. Experts will be available to help with what you’re working on!

From 24th March, we meet every Thursday 2-3pm for a virtual meet up via Zoom. Please, use this link to join us

Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://qut.zoom.us/j/420041745

Or iPhone one-tap :

Australia: +61280156011,,420041745#  or +61370182005,,420041745# Or Telephone:

Dial: 9666 (from a QUT desk or Meeting Room phone) or +61 2 8015 2088

Australia: +61 2 8015 6011  or +61 3 7018 2005  or +61 8 7150 1149

Meeting ID: 420 041 745

International numbers available: https://qut.zoom.us/u/acT2bzurEN

Or an H.323/SIP room system:

Dial: +61 2 6222 7588  (AUCX) or 420041745@zoom.aarnet.edu.au

or H323:182.255.112.21##420041745 or 202.177.207.158 (AU)

Meeting ID: 420041745

Join the conversation via Twitter #QUT Library @QUTHackyHour

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It’s Love Data Week 2020!

Lover you data week and rainbow love hearts

People hear statistics, but they feel stories* 

From the 10th to 14th February, QUT Library is celebrating the value and importance of research data. During 2020’s Love Data Week, we are adopting the theme of ‘data storytelling’.

QUT is celebrating the art of Data Storytelling that uses techniques, visualisation tools and narratives to bring together the story of your research.

Data storytelling is a new way of communicating and presenting your research data and translate your data to knowledge that a wider audience will remember. It can vastly improve the impact of your research output.

Visualisation is a prominent tool in data storytelling and two engaging examples are the visualisation of music genres through the ages and the bank of graphics from Information is Beautiful.

Some other easy to use tools include d3j, dataviz, plothy, gephi, canva and datawrapper.

There is a range of activities available to you during Love Data Week:

Data Storytelling

Amanda  Miotto (eResearch – Digital Solutions Griffith University)

Hear about data visualisation software and tools

 Alice Miller (Digital Observatory QUT)

Visualising a reply network of tweets from the Australian Twittersphere on AFL Grand Final night

Tuesday 11 February 2020, 10 – 11 am, Gardens Point P 405

Register HERE

Hacky Hour

Drop in and get support with your data visualisation or other data related enquiries

  • Wednesday 12 February 2 – 3pm Kelvin Grove Beadles
  • Thursday 13 February 2 –3 pm Gardens Point Pantry

No registration required

Network Know-how & Data Handling “Train the Trainer” (session 1)

Jupyter Notebooks training for beginners (session 2)

Friday 14 February 2020,  9 – 5pm, Gardens Point P 405

Session 1:     9 am – 1 pm

Session 2:     2 pm – 5 pm

Register HERE

You can register for just one event and provide your details sending to b2.waha@qut.edu.au

Join the conversation via Twitter #lovedata20 #qutlibrary @GPHackyHour

*https://www.future-you.com.au/blog/2019/11/people-hear-statistics-but-they-feel-stories-how-to-analyse-and-interpret-data-to-tell-a-story

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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.

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