Researcher@Library Blog

Australasia Preserves: Establishing a digital preservation community of practice

Last month, the University of Melbourne Library Digital Scholarship team organised and hosted the inaugural “Australasia Preserves” event (you may remember it from this post). 75 people interested in digital preservation in Australia and New Zealand brought together from a variety of different institutions and organisations.

Main questions that were discussed:

  1. How could an Australasian digital preservation community of practice work?
  2. How can it be useful to you?
  3. Are there opportunities for collaboration?

The event has resulted in the establishment of a Community of Practice for digital preservation. Read more on the event and resources with the CoP here.

Digital Spring Clean: Clean up your digital act

In a networked world, managing your personal online presence is a vital skill. What does your online presence say about you? Does it project your research identity or something else? Time for a digital spring clean?

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This session will cover checking your online privacy settings, identifying if your data has been breached, and tips for keeping your online presence “clean”. Please bring your own laptop/mobile device.

  • Presenters: Kathryn Lindsay & Ashley Sutherland
  • Time: Wednesday, 21 Mar 2018 11:00am-12:00pm
  • Venue: Baillieu Library, Dulcie Hollyock Room

For more information and registration, click hereSUBSCRIBE to our blog to stay tuned with updates and tips for your research journey.

Tools, tips and workshops for Graduate Researchers

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Being a graduate researcher can be overwhelming sometimes. Try these time-saving tools, tips and workshops to improve productivity and maintain your sanity!

UniMelb Library Ezyproxy Bookmarklet

Read the post here to learn about how to add your Ezyproxy to access electronic resources with your University of Melbourne Library login credentials.

Google Scholar library links

Read this LibGuide for some quick instructions on using Google Scholar linked to your library account.

Graduate Student Association (GSA) workshops and short courses for Graduate Researchers

For other GSA workshop sessions and short courses, click here.

Do you have a favourite tip or tool you frequently use in your research career? Share with our community in the comments below!

Altmetrics and the future of research impact

altmetrics = alternative metrics

AltMetrics Score
Image: Example of AltMetrics score

Altmetrics are alternative metrics used to measure the impact of research. First proposed in a tweet by Jason Priem in 2010, the unclearly defined term of ‘altmetrics’ has come to mean a range of different things, such as:

  • impact measured based on online activity, or
  • metrics for alternative research outputs, or
  • other alternative ways of measuring research impact.

Read more about Altmetrics and watch a Beginner’s Guide video in the Subject Research LibGuides here.

Reference Management at University of Melbourne

Are you starting your research career or an experienced Reference Management user needing a refresher? Either way, the library has a wide range of support services for you as a refresher. As accurate referencing is a requirement for research of high standard, look into the Library’s support page for the best advice on using a referencing style correctly and to find a tool or software application suitable to your needs. Two main topics are covered:

  • Style: Use referencing resources provided by the University Library to guide you through making consistent use of a chosen referencing style in your research.
  • Tools: If you are doing more intensive research you can use this information to guide your decisions about choice and use of reference management programs (also known as citation managers or bibliographic management software).

For further details, visit the Library’s Reference Management site here or register in one of the upcoming online Reference Management webinars to your level of expertise here.


Online survey tool: Qualtrics – now available to all staff and research students

With the launch of a University wide Qualtrics license, all University of Melbourne staff and research students now have the opportunity to use this online survey tool in their research, support roles or teaching and learning activities.

For current FBE Qualtrics users, please see this notice.

Qualtrics is an online survey tool that allows users to easily create surveys, design them collaboratively, and share responses with colleagues.  Its intuitive design makes creating appealing surveys easy.  There are 16 sophisticated question types with many variations on their setup. Qualtrics has many advanced features including embedded data, advanced branching, display logic, filters on reporting plus many others.

Surveys can be distributed via a number of methods such as email, anonymous links, personal links to track individual responses, social media and QR codes.

Staff and research students can access the Qualtrics account here with their University credentials.

For support on using Qualtrics, including guides, visit the University’s Qualtrics support page.

Please review the above webpage and lodge requests for further information by logging a LMS support request.

Multiple Choice Survey Question
Multiple Choice Survey Question – with images

UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) Community of Practice – for new and experienced Wikipedians

Baillieu Library, Friday 2 February 2018, 12.00-1.30pm.

A regular meetup for new and experienced University of Melbourne Wikipedians interested in addressing the Wikipedia diversity gap. The February meetup will include a demo on how to create timelines and visualisations using the data behind Wikipedia, and a small group Wikipedia ‘basics’ workshop for those new to Wikipedia editing. It’s also an opportunity for independent Wikipedia article editing in good company. All welcome. BYO lunch. Tea and coffee provided.

Time: Friday 2 February 2018, 12.00-1.30pm.
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock room, Baillieu Library

To register:

Check out our Wikipedia Editing Community website here.

Email enquiries:

Melbourne Engagement Lab opens for UoM Graduate Researchers

Are you a Graduate Researcher at the University of Melbourne? The Melbourne Engagement Lab is running a series of free workshops just for you starting in early February!

These programs are designed to assist academic staff and graduate researchers of the University of Melbourne with engaging a broad non-specialist audience, whether via the written word or through other forms of communication.

Registration for each workshop is essential and will open approximately three weeks prior to delivery. To be advised of registration openings, please express your interest via this form or by subscribing to the Melbourne CSHE e-newsletter to receive updates on what’s coming up or changes to programs. Note that all Melbourne Engagement Lab programs are free and open for staff and graduate researchers at the University of Melbourne only. Details and registrations can be found here.

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Australasia Preserves – Conference on digital preservation

Coinciding with the week of the international VALA conference in Melbourne, the University of Melbourne’s Digital Preservation Project, supported by the Digital Scholarship team, are pleased to host a learning and networking event for individuals undertaking or interested in digital preservation in the Australasian region.

This event aims to share digital preservation expertise and knowledge, and explore opportunities for collaboration, and will take place at the University of Melbourne. The event is aimed at anyone with an interest in digital preservation (e.g. librarians, archivists, information managers, record-keeping professionals, senior managers, technical staff, legal staff, etc.). There will be short arranged presentations, an open session for discussion of issues, and a light brunch will be served.

Date: 16 February 2018
Time: 10.00am – 1.00pm
Venue: Room 253, Level 2, Arts West North Wing, The University of Melbourne, Parkville VIC 3010

Contact: Jaye Weatherburn
Tel: +61 3 8344 1093

For more information, updates and registration, click here.

Turn your next paper into an infographic

Infographic created by Tanja Ivacic-Ramljak (Liaison Librarian (Learning & Teaching) – Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences), University of Melbourne.

Infographics are a great choice when it comes to communicating your research to a public, general and wide audience, from researchers who have the same interest with you to people who might use your research outside academia.

If you have been following our Researcher@Library blog for a while, you might still remember our resources for use of poster and infographics from the 23 Research Things, as well as information about the ePoster competition as part of Researcher@Library Week 2017 – read the summary post here.

This week, the blog will introduce another “How-to” guide on turning a research paper into an infographic, written by Mark Reed and Anna Sutherland. An easy-to-follow introduction to creating meaningful and designer-worthy output for researchers who are stuck trying to come up with ideas to visualise their research findings, the authors explained the process in 6 steps:

  1. Extract your key messages
  2. Simplify your language
  3. Visualise your key messages
  4. Come up with a layout
  5. Convert to graphics
  6. Have a plan for communicating your infographic

Read the full post here on Fast Track Impact, and SUBSCRIBE to our blog to stay tuned with tips to make your life as a researcher more enjoyable!

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