Researcher@Library Blog

Data Forensics meets Cultural Preservation (new date)

Find out how the University’s award winning Data Forensic Lab is preserving and providing access to important digital collections such as the Bill Mitchell and Germaine Greer archives. Using state-of-the-art forensic tools, the lab is helping preserve obsolete digital media for future research and is unlocking a fascinating story about the intersection of people, data and technology.

New date Wednesday 7 December 2016, 12:15 – 1:15pm, in the Digital Studio, Arts West.

*Access to the Digital Studio is from Level 3, via the West Wing Lift on Ground Floor at Arts West. Access to Level 2 (where the talks will be held) will be arranged on the day. Arts West Map here.

Visit the Digital Studio website here.


Track your online research reach, engagement and influence

The University of Melbourne’s subscription to Altmetric Explorer for Institutions has recently been upgraded. Use this tool to analyse and report on the attention surrounding your research.

A single research output may live online in multiple websites and can be talked about across dozens of different platforms. Altmetric Explorer for Institutions helps track online attention to research from sources such as: news outlets; public policy documents; Scopus (citations); blogs; social media platforms: Twitter, Facebook, Google+, LinkedIn, Sina Weibo and Pinterest; Wikipedia; online reference managers: Mendeley, CiteULike, and more.

Altmetric detail pages provide authors a collated record of the online mentions and shares of their research. Users can browse all of the original posts and click through to view them at the source. The data from Altmetric Explorer for Institutions can be filtered by author, department or output type (article, book, etc) and it’s possible to save searches, analyse results and export the data.

Access to Altmetric Explorer For Institutions here.

Read more about Altmetric data sources here.

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Grad Research Festival 2016

Full steam ahead for the inaugural Grad Research Festival 2016 to be held on Thursday 24 November 2016, 9:30am – 5pm.

Hosted by Melbourne Centre for the Studies of Higher Education with sessions from the University Library, GSA, Academic Skills, Melbourne Careers, OREI, Alumni Relations, Research Platforms, Melbourne CSHE, L.H.Martin Institute and faculties. It’s BIG…part conference, part festival. The program for the day includes sessions on a wide range of topics arranged around the themes: Get Engaged, This Academic Life and Build Your Own Career.

The University Library is presenting the following 3 sessions:

Data Management for graduate researchers in STEM subjects 
Good research data management practices enable sharing and reuse of your data, keep your data safe, support your future research and can verify research outcomes. In this session, GRs will learn how to document and manage their research data, and will be introduced to some tools that make the process a bit easier.

My Research Profile
Workshop/seminar looking at tools for creating online research profiles. GRs will be able to set up their ORCID profiles and will also learn about the pros and cons of networks such as and ResearchGate.

Open-Access and my Thesis
This seminar will look at the upcoming changes to the open-access requirements for graduate research theses, outlining the changes, why and when are they happening and what GRs will need to do. From 2017 digital versions of theses will be open access via the University Repository (Minerva Access); print copies no longer required by the Library.  The session will also examine the criteria for embargoing public access to your thesis and will look at managing 3rd party copyright material.

More information about the Grad Research Festival 2016 and registration here.

Trial Database: New Oxford Shakespeare

Portrait of William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout
William Shakespeare by Martin Droeshout. Engraving, 1632 or 1663-1664, 191 x 159 mm. National Portrait Gallery, London. NPG 185.

The New Oxford Shakespeare presents an entirely new consideration of all of Shakespeare’s works, edited from first principles from the base-texts themselves, and drawing on the latest textual and theatrical scholarship.

This online edition brings the content of all three print volumes – Modern critical edition, Critical reference edition (available in Dec. 2016), Authorship companion (available in early 2017) – together as one powerful resource.

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.

Learn More: The General Editor of the New Oxford Shakespeare, Professor John Jowett (Shakespeare Institute, University of Birmingham) will be speaking at the symposium Beyond 400: New Shakespeares at the University of Melbourne on Tuesday 15 November 2016. His presentation will explore how the New Oxford Shakespeare seeks to define Shakespeare for new generations of students, performers, and readers. For more information and for details of the complete symposium, see the Beyond 400 website.

More lunchtime talks at the new Digital Studio, Arts West



Lunchtime talks to run on Wednesdays 12:00-1:00pm in the Digital Studio in Arts West on Level 2. The program is a collaboration between Faculty of Arts, the University Library, SCIP, and RezBaz.

09 November 2016, 12:00-1:00pm  

William Henry Fox Talbot: Archives, photography and knowledge

Join Dr Katrina Dean (University Archivist) in conversation with Dr Mirjam Brusius (Humboldt University, Dyason, International Visiting Research Fellow) as they raise questions regarding research with archives, challenging disciplinary narratives, and how the history of technology can inform our thinking about the digital humanities.

16 November 2016, 12:00-1:00pm  

Scholarly Collaboration Networks (SCNs): Benefits, Risks and Pitfalls

A discussion about problems (and ways around them) when sharing your research through and Gain a better understanding of the role of the Institutional Repository in the scholarly communication landscape from Peter Woelert (Senior Research Fellow, MGSE), Stephen Cramond (Manager, Institutional Repository) and Fred Kiernan (Research Consultant, Open Access)


23 November 2016,12:00-1:00pm

Digital Humanities: What the Archives at UoM can do for you

From making radio broadcasts from the 1949 Federal election campaign available online to large-scale digitisation projects for natural language analysis, the University of Melbourne Archives collections have contributed to some exciting digital humanities projects. And we want to be involved in more! In this session, Access and Outreach Archivist Katie Wood opens up the 20km of holdings and discusses previous digital humanities projects to inspire future projects.


30 November 2016, 12:00-1:00pm

Data Forensics meets Cultural Preservation

Find out how the University’s award winning Data Forensic Lab is preserving and providing access to important digital collections such as the Bill Mitchell and Germaine Greer archives. Using state-of-the-art forensic tools, the lab is helping preserve obsolete digital media for future research and is unlocking a fascinating story about the intersection of people, data and technology.


Watch this space in 2017 for more showcases of digital humanities research happening now

*Directions for the Digital Studio. Take the west wing lift on the ground floor of Arts West to the 3rd floor. Access to Level 2 (where the talks will be held) will be arranged on the day.
Access the Digital Studio website here.

Open Access of graduate research theses

The University is committed to the open communication of its research findings and to support this commitment, Academic Board has approved that, from 1 February 2017, the University Library will no longer require a print copy of the thesis and that public access will be to the digital copy via Minerva Access, the University’s publications repository.

Information on the new processes for submitting theses and the new public access policy is available on the Graduate Research Hub. Access the Graduute Research Hub here.

[Source: Mary Makris, Examinations Coordinator, Graduate Research]

Copyright guides from the Australian Copyright Council

The full range of copyright guides from the Australian Copyright Council are now available as eBooks and can be accessed via the University of Melbourne Library Catalogue.

More information and access to the 26 guides covering a range of topics via the UoM Copyright Office blog here.

Control copyright icon by Xander [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Control copyright icon  by Xander [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Ten Simple Rules for Digital Data Storage

Rapidly-evolving technology, and differing data formats, dataset sizes, data complexity, data use cases, and data sharing practices – digital data storage is an extensive topic!

Proper storage is a prerequisite to sharing, and indeed inadequate storage contributes to the phenomenon of data decay or to “data entropy,” in which data, whether publicly shared or not, becomes less accessible through time. (Hart et al, 2016) 

A new article in PLOS Computational Biology describes 10 easy rules for digital data storage. Access the full-text article here.

Citation: Hart EM, Barmby P, LeBauer D, Michonneau F, Mount S, Mulrooney P, et al. (2016) Ten Simple Rules for Digital Data Storage. PLoS Comput Biol 12(10): e1005097. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1005097


By Windell Oskay from Sunnyvale, CA, USA (Technic Bits) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Image by Windell Oskay from Sunnyvale, CA, USA (Technic Bits) [CC BY 2.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons


Data Forensics Lab wins innovation award

Our Digital Scholarship Data Forensics Lab (FRED) is a joint winner of the 2016 VALA Innovation award.

This biennial award is open to all Libraries and Information Services in Australia and recognises outstanding and innovative use of ICT to improve service to customers. In the assessment of the Awards Sub-Committee it was noted:

“The concept behind, and the value of, this innovation is amazing. It evidences a fantastic use of innovative ICT for an extremely important purpose and it has long-ranging impacts on the organisation and deeper into the industry. The issue of access to obsolete systems and media storage is huge in the preservation of data for future research. As well as recovering valuable data from obsolete systems, it will also allow this data to be data mined with other current data, and enhance future research. This is a really interesting and important project and provides an excellent model for other Australian cultural organisations to use and adopt.

Congratulations to all involved in the development of the Lab.

What is the Data Forensics Lab?

Our Data Forensics Lab offers a range of services for examining, analysing, recovering, re-using and preserving data stored in digital media in a forensically sound manner. The Data Forensics Lab can process a variety of modern and legacy computer storage media using state-of-the-art, purpose-built hardware and software. Digital Scholarship is a team within the Research & Collections program (University Library).

More information about the Digital Scholarship Data Forensics Lab here.




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