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23 Research Things@Melbourne: That’s a Wrap!

Haven’t been able to keep up with the 23 Research Things blog? This week marks the end of the 2017 edition of this initiative, with an aim to provide tools to support the research activities of academics and graduate students at the University of Melbourne, all over Australia and further around the world.

Image: “That’s a wrap” by Sean MacEntee via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)
Image: “That’s a wrap” by Sean MacEntee via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

One final summary post is out to wrap up all the expertise shared over the three months, with updates on some of the tools provided and discussed earlier. Thematic division of the 23 posts into clusters will help readers grasp a better overall picture of the set of tools. Read the summary post here.

If you have missed a few posts, the 23 Research Things blog is always there for your reference! Click here to access all previous posts, and subscribe to get any updates in the future. Congratulations on another great year, 23 Research Things team!



Going Digital! – Subscribe to the University Digitisation Centre newsletter

The University of Melbourne Library is committed to increasing engagement with the collections for research and teaching as well as bringing them to the attention of local and global communities. Recently, University Digitisation Centre (UDC), part of Research & Collections, launched this quarterly newsletter, Going Digital, with the hope to keep researchers up to date with the University Library’s ambitious digitisation program, provide information when new materials are available and increase opportunities for the University community to propose collections to be digitised.

For everyone interested, subscribe to the newsletter here. The first issue published earlier this week on 5 December 2017 can also be found here.

Trial database – Exile Shorts

Exile Shorts streams award-winning short-form, student films and educational audiovisual content.

The database focuses solely on delivering short-form and includes:

  • Titles from the British Film Institute, American Film Institute, USC Cinematic Arts, University of Melbourne VCA, AFTRS, National Film Board of Canada.
  • The early work of filmmakers and artists like Alfred Hitchcock, Jane Campion, Ridley Scott, Gillian Armstrong, Norman McLaren and Salvador Dali; and
  • Films that have won majors awards at: The Academy Awards, Cannes Film Festival, Sundance, TIFF, Berlin and more.

Each film has been carefully selected by the Exile Shorts curatorial team and categorised by: film convention (direction, screenwriting, cinematography, performance etc.); theme (revenge, love, isolation etc.); genre (drama, comedy etc.); organisation (AFI, USC, BFI); and the stages of mastery (emerging, established and master). The Curated by Exile Shorts category provides an great place to start exploring the database.

The content is exclusive to Exile Shorts and is not otherwise accessible online. It spans from 1888 to present day, creating historical value and insight into the development of media technology.

The database is accessible through the link above, and the Library Catalogue, and from the E-Resources@the University of Melbourne blog where you can also leave comments about the database.

NOTE: This trial will end 10 December 2017.

UoM Wiki Agenda Community of Practice – calling Wikipedians

UMWA is a regular meetup for University of Melbourne Wikipedians to address the Wikipedia diversity gap. The December meetup will include discussions on the use of ORCIDs for editors and subjects, and reference links to library collections. There is also an opportunity for independent Wikipedia article editing in good company. A Wikipedia Basics workshop may be offered if there is sufficient interest. All welcome. BYO lunch. Tea and coffee provided.

Time: Friday 8 December 2017, 12.00-1.30pm.
Venue: Dulcie Hollyock room, Baillieu Library.

To register:

Check out our Wikipedia Editing Community website here.

Email enquiries:

Celebrating International Digital Preservation Day

What does “digital preservation” mean to you? To celebrate the very first International Digital Preservation Day the Digital Preservation team at the University asked this question as part of their project work, and have put together a collection of different answers

Read all about what the project team has been up to here

And find out more about International Digital Preservation Day and how you can get involved

Library Summer and Holiday Opening Hours

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If you are looking for some place to continue your study and research during the quiet summer vacation and approaching holiday season, be aware of changing library hours! Check out the detailed opening hours here for each day you want to come over to plan ahead of time as most libraries will tend to open at a different schedule from the exam period.

Please also note that all libraries will close with the University at mid-day 22 December 2017 and most will reopen on 2 January 2018 for the Christmas and New Year holiday.

Measuring Research Impact – traditional and alternative metrics

Researchers are often required to support grant or promotion applications with evidence of the impact of their research. This week, the last two posts (Thing 22 and Thing 23) from 23 Research Things blog talk about metrics used to measure these impacts, from both traditional and alternative perspective.

Review all 23 Things in the blog here. That’s a wrap to 23 Research Things 2017!


Researcher IDs

Image: “Magnifying glass” by bluebudgie via Pixabay (CC0)
Image: “Magnifying glass” by bluebudgie via Pixabay (CC0)

In the competitive world of academia, it is important to be able to demonstrate the impact, influence and reach of your research. Researcher Identifiers enable you to create an online presence for your scholarly research outputs. They can also help you to track and measure the impact of your publications. 

This week, 23 Research Things blog introduces a range of tools that can help you do this.  Read the full post here.

Calling all University of Melbourne arts, humanities and social researchers!

The Data Systems and Society Research Networks are running a series of workshops (15 to 23 Nov) engaging on the future Uni workforce for digital research. We encourage you to attend. The Arts Digital Studio and the SCIP Informatics Platform have made early progress in this area, so your input and participation will be valuable. The central topics, Petascale and On-Ramp recommendations, seek to sustain infrastructure and experts relevant to many of our research projects. Register here:

Cabell’s Blacklist – now available to University of Melbourne Staff and Students

Cabell’s Blacklist is now available via Cabell’s Scholarly Analytics. The Blacklist is a searchable database of journals that have been flagged as possibly exhibiting fraudulent or misleading behaviours. Journal titles are evaluated according to criteria listed on the Cabells’ website. Journal Summaries provide the basic information necessary to identify a blacklisted journal, including the specific predatory behaviours that the evaluation revealed.

Authors considering where to publish need to make their own publishing decisions according to what’s best for their discipline and particular research output, but the Blacklist provides information which could help make those decisions and/or suggest further investigation.

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