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Introducing Gale Digital Scholar Lab

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Gale is currently beta testing the Digital Scholar Lab resource with academic institutions around the world. This new research experience provides end-users with access to clean, analysis-ready text content from many sources and access to powerful natural language processing tools from multiple providers.

The diverse content collections and technologies within this environment make the practice of digital scholarship accessible to a broad range of practitioners. From students learning best practices to more technically-skilled scholars applying their own research methods, researchers at any level will appreciate the advantages of this intuitive platform.

Seth Cayley, Vice President of Gale Primary Sources will be introducing the Gale Digital Scholar Lab and taking you through a live demonstration.

Date: Monday, 24 September 2018
Time: 9.30am – 12.00pm
Venue: David P. Derham Theatre (GM15 Lecture Theatre)

Come and discover how Gale is removing barriers to Digital Scholarship.

Researcher@Library Week 2018

One week left until Researcher@Library Week officially starts. What is Researcher@Library week you ask? It is a week of workshops, exhibitions, seminars, tours, the “I made the Internet Smarter today: Wikipedia-Edit-a-thon”, and the 2018 Visualise Your Thesis Competition awards. Discover expert services and digital technologies to enhance your research practice. Hone your research communication skills to engage with broader audiences. Explore the University’s unique research collections.

Here are some key features event of Researcher@Library Week:

Communicating your research through podcasting

Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Singapore Theatre, Melbourne School of Design (BN133)
Presenters: Dr Andi Horvath, Louisa Lim and Jeremy Story Carter


Blogging to change your academic life

Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock room, Ground floor, Baillieu Library
Presenter: Dr Peter Raisbeck (Senior Lecturer in Architectural Practice)


Text mining – Insights on extracting meaning from words

Date: Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Time: 10:00am – 11:00am
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock room, Ground Floor, Baillieu Library
Presenters: Daniel Gill, Daniel Russo-Batterham and Ashley Sutherland


Exploring the Grainger Museum’s history of electronic music through the exhibition Synthesizers: Sound of the Future

Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Venue: Grainger Museum, Unversity of Melbourne, Parkville
Presenters: Dr Heather Gaunt


Be warned: The seats for these events are going out fast so register quickly before it is all gone. For more details on what is going on during Researcher@Library Week, click here

GSA Word for Thesis Shortcourse: Practical skills

The University of Melbourne Graduate Student Association (GSA) is offering the Word for Thesis Shortcourse for all graduate students.

There are two sessions in Word For Thesis: setting up your template and practical skills. The template session is intended as a bridging course for those who are just starting out using Word for their thesis, and is ideal for those who are not confident using Word. More confident users of word with intermediate skills are encouraged to attend the practical skills session.

More information and registration on GSA’s website, or contact for any inquiries.

Wikipedia Edit-a-thon: “I made the Internet smarter today” (Parkville, Southbank and Online)

UMWA presents the Wikipedia Edit-a-thon:  “I made the Internet smarter today” a one-day event on Friday, 31 August 2018, where the research community comes together to improve Wikipedia content.

Join us for a relaxed day of Wikipedia editing, discussions, and upskilling. Hone your skills for communicating your research to the general public using Wikipedia as a platform! At lunchtime we will be joining colleagues at La Trobe University for a virtual “#shutupandWiki” session, an hour of intensive editing.

New and experienced Wikipedians welcome. There will be time for your own Wikipedia work, with helpful Wikipedians on hand throughout the day to show newcomers how to make edits and create articles. Not sure where to start? There’ll be a list of articles for you to work on. You will also get to create your own Wikipedia-themed badge.

Visit the main Wikipedia Edit-a-thon:  “I made the Internet smarter today” page for full event details.

Date: Friday, 31 August 2018
Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
Venue: Parkville, Southbank or Online

Click here for more details and to register for this session; and view the full list of program here.

Exploring the Grainger Museum’s history of electronic music

This talk, by Grainger Museum Curator Dr Heather Gaunt, will explore how the current exhibition Synthesizers: Sound of the Future, was developed from archival and collection resources in the Grainger Museum’s collection.

Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 1:45pm
Venue: Grainger Museum, Unversity of Melbourne, Parkville
Presenters: Dr Heather Gaunt

Click here for more details and to register for this session; and view the full list of program here.

Virtual Reality workshop

What does the future hold for Virtual Reality? Learn how virtual reality can be used for the future of work, teaching, learning and training. This is a session that you would not want to miss out on.

Date: Wednesday, 29 August 2018
Time: 3:15pm – 4:15pm
Venue: 3rd Floor MDHS building, North Wing
Presenters: Ben Loveridge

Click here for more details and to register for this session; and view the full list of program here.

Six Things to Do Now You’ve Got an ORCID iD

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Registering for your iD is just the first step. To fully benefit from ORCID, you need to use your iD. ORCID recommend making connections between yourself and your professional activities and affiliations.

Congratulations if you are already using your iD, and have given the Minerva Elements (University of Melbourne’s research output collection and management system), your publishers, or your funders permission to add information to your ORCID record.

If you’re not, find out more about how to do make trusted connections and how to make the most of ORCID in Six Things to Do Now You’ve Got an ORCID iD. It’s very easy: just sign into your ORCID account when an organization asks you to connect your iD and give them permission to update your record. For example, a journal can add information about your authored publications. You can also easily add information yourself, using one of ORCiDs handy wizards.

The more connections in your record, the more you benefit from easier information sharing, reduced manual entry in forms, and improved search and discovery in many research information databases. Distinguish yourself – and be in control of how your work is represented – by using your ORCID iD!


Accessing Archives for your research (Brunswick)

Are you curious about archives?  Are you intending to use archives in your research?
Visit the Archives and be inspired by the breadth and depth of the holdings in many fields, including political parties, community groups, prominent individuals, labour and peace concerns.  See original drawings for Melbourne landmark buildings, Germaine Greer’s notes for The Female Eunuch and more in this one hour tour.  A presentation on effective use of the catalogue and online resources will follow the tour.
Facility is on two levels, with a grate floor – comfortable low heeled shoes are recommended.

Date: Tuesday, 28 August 2018
Time: 2:00am – 3:00pm
Venue: 120 Dawson Street, Brunswick
Presenters: Sophie Garrett

Click here for more details and to register for this session; and view the full list of program here.

Getting published as an Early Career Researcher: Wiley UniDay

Wiley prides itself on thought leadership and innovation, with a 200-year heritage of quality publishing. Over this time, we’ve come to understand that being an Early Career Researcher is difficult, even without the challenges of trying to get your research published.
To help you overcome these obstacles, Wiley, in partnership with the University of Melbourne has organised a special event – the Wiley UniDay, to address the challenges you face and increase your chances of getting published.

This 2-hour event features a panel of prominent journals editors, publishing experts and research publishing professionals. Together, the speakers will provide valuable insight from their different perspectives in the world of research publishing and give you the information they wish they’d known as an Early Career Researcher.

Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Time: 10:00am – 12:30pm
Venue: Woodward Conference Centre, 10th Floor, Melbourne Law School
Presenters: Associate Professor Judi Porter, Professor Robin Room and Julia Ballard

Click here for more details and to register for this session; and view the full list of program here.

Data@Melbourne: current and future services

All research generates, collects and shares files, materials, digital data and records. How are you going with managing all of this? The University provides a range of resources and services in support of research data management and to aid in disseminating “stuff” beyond the standard publications, e.g. collections, data, visual presentations. Come and hear from the University services you can leverage, all in one session. We’ll also share some developments that are on the near horizon to provide even better support in this area.

Date: Thursday, 30 August 2018
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Malaysian Theatre, Melbourne School of Design
Presenters: Peter Neish, Jared Winton, Lyle Winton, Catherine Nie and Chris Stueven

Click here for more details and to register for this session; and view the full list of program here.

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