Researcher@Library Blog

Peer Review Week


It’s Peer Review Week 2017. Some resources of interest from COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics), and LSE Impact Blog, and others.

Winners of the Researcher@Library 2017 ePoster Competition

We are pleased to announce the winners of the 2017 Researcher@Library Week ePoster Competition:

1st Prize: Mathematics and assessment in early childhood education – Rachel Pollitt (Department of Early Childhood/Graduate School of Education)

2nd Prize: A Seasonal Thermal Energy Storage System for Space heating – Sheikh Khaleduzzaman Shah   (Department of Infrastructure Engineering)

3rd Prize: Designing animal-computer interaction to shape zoo visitors’ perceptions of animals – Sarah Webber  (School of Computing & Information Systems)

Viewer’s Choice award:  Saving life with new artificial blood vessels – Fatemeh Karimi (Chemical & Biomedical Engineering Department + Chemical Engineering Department/Polymer Science Group)

Congratulations to all of the graduate researchers who entered the competition!

Visit our ePoster Competition Gallery to view all entries.

23 Research Things relaunches

The University of Melbourne Library’s ’23 Research Things’ is a series of short blog posts showcasing digital tools to support your research. Launching Monday 21 August 2017 with new tools and refreshed content, groups of posts will be released on a fortnightly basis.

First up : Office 365, Survey Tools and Web Conferencing

Subscribe to ensure you don’t miss a post. More information and registration.

researcHERs @ UoM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon – Researcher@Library Week 2017

Join researcHERs @ UoM Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, a one-day event where the University of Melbourne community comes together to improve the representation of women on Wikipedia.

Join in for the day, or attend a workshop or two to learn how to improve existing content, and how to create new articles.


The event will be hosted at both the Parkville and Southbank campuses. No experience needed: there will be workshops for both new and experienced Wikipedians, a cheat sheet, suggested subjects and reference sources, roving Wiki experts, lunch boxes and all-day refreshments!



Date and time: Friday 25 August 2017, 9:45am – 5:00pm

Venue: Digital Studio Level 2, West Wing Arts West Building 148.

More information and registration here.




Date and time: Friday 25 August, 10:00am – 4:00pm

Venue: The HUB Seminar Room, Ground Floor, The HUB (under Lenton Parr Library), Southbank

More information and registration here.


Click here for more information about the full program.


The most important topic you didn’t know you needed: Data Modelling and Design – Researcher@Library Week 2017

Imagine a spreadsheet column for recording participant names. Should you have two columns instead, so you can sort by last name? What about middle name? Is this useful for your research? Names also include titles such as Dr and Prof. Is storing this fact separately helpful? What about aliases and nicknames, are they names? What about more complicated examples such as addresses, tweets, interview transcripts, social networks? Waaaaa!

Data modelling is a process you can undertake to help answer these questions. Data modelling is the fundamental building block on which quality big-data, meta-data and data-bases all rest. It is about working through what you need to record, how you need to store it and to what ends. The ontological decisions you make during data modelling are often fundamentally linked with the underlying theories of your research!

As part of Researcher@Library Week 2017, in this workshop we’ll cover the fundamentals of data modelling for humanities and social sciences research. We’ll also conduct some data modelling task with willing volunteers from the audience!


Date: Thursday, 24 August 2017

Time: 3:00pm – 4:00pm

Venue: Digital Studio, Level 3, West Wing Arts, West Building 148 (access via single lift at the rear foyer)

Presenter: Dr Mitchell Harrop.


Click here or more information about the session and to register for your spot; and view the full program here.

Communicating your research: Reaching new and expanded audiences – Researcher@Library 2017

In the modern research landscape there is a spectrum of different methods of communication and publication available for sharing research outcomes and engaging with different audiences beyond traditional peer-reviewed journals. The panel brings together researchers who utilise a range of different forums to bring an interest and engagement with research to diverse audiences. Panellists will discuss their own experiences in research communication, as well as the value and impact of employing a range of methods of communication, and the skills that researchers need to enhance their outreach activities.


Date: Thursday, 24 August 2017

Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Venue: Malaysian Theatre B121, Basement, Melbourne School of Design (building 133)


Chair: Dr. Shane Huntington

Panel members:
Dr Lauren Ayton
Professor Stephanie Trigg
Dr Lauren Rosewarne
A/Professor Lindsay Oades
Mike Jones.


Click here or more information about the session and to register for your spot; and view the full program here.

Object based learning workshop with the Print Collection – Researcher@Library Week 2017

Experience the wonders and the challenges of printed images, ranging from the 16th to the 21st centuries, through the eyes of arts students. In this workshop, a part of Researcher@Library Week 2017, participants work directly with the Print Collection to discuss ideas and scenarios currently taking place in arts subjects. Short exercises include pitching an exhibition concept, comparative visual analysis and applying art theory.

Whether you are a beginning or experienced practitioner, join this informal workshop to explore hands-on approaches to teaching and learning in the visual arts.


Date: Thursday, 24 August 2017

Time: 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Venue: Leigh Scott Room, 1st floor, Baillieu Library

Presenter: Kerrianne Stone (Curator, Prints).


Click here or more information about the session and to register for your spot; and view the full program here.

Electronic Library Resources for Asian Studies – Researcher@Library 2017

As part of Researcher@Library Week 2017, this session will give an overview of the library’s collection of electronic resources of interest and relevance to staff and students working in Asian Studies and affiliated areas.

We will focus on exploring eBooks and databases, as well as showcasing specialist guides designed to help with finding these resources.


Date: Thursday, 24 August 2017

Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

Venue: Level 2, Digital Studio, Arts West Building – Access via West Lift at rear of foyer. (Building 148)

Presenters: Xiaoju Liu (Chinese & Asian Studies Librarian) and Jen Eddy (Collection Profiling Librarian), University of Melbourne Library.


Click here or more information about the session and to register for your spot; and view the full program here.

Research and the Cloud – Researcher@Library 2017

Did you know Melbourne Uni has one of the world’s largest IT clouds dedicated to research? Did you know this is part of the world’s second largest network of research clouds “Nectar” and you already have access? Cloud is IT infrastructure on demand, when you need it, and under your control. It can be used for data storage, but can also host servers, shared desktop computers with common software, more memory for big applications, and faster internet when needed. In this session as a part of Researcher@Library Week 2017, we’ll talk about how the cloud is being used, pitfalls and issues to be aware of, so come and ask questions about what’s possible and how it could advance your research.


Date: Thursday, 24 August 2017

Time: 10:00am – 11:00am

Venue: Dulcie Hollyock Room, Ground floor, Baillieu Library.


  • Dr Lyle Winton (Manager Digital Scholarship and SCIP Platform Manager);
  • Lucy Davies (Records Manager, Legal & Risk);
  • Chris Stueven (Acting Records Analyst, Legal and Risk/Records and Compliance);
  • Bernard Meade (Head of Research Compute Services
, Research Platform Services); and
  • Martin Paulo (Software Developer, Research Platform Services).


Click here for more information about the session and to register for your spot; and view the full program here.

Pitch Your Thesis. ePoster Competition Awards event – Researcher@Library Week 2017

Being able to communicate complex research to a general audience is a valuable skill to develop. University of Melbourne graduate researchers showcase their research at this event which takes the ‘classic’ conference poster to the next level.

Join us for refreshments as Professor Dick Strugnell (Pro Vice Chancellor, Graduate and International Research), Associate Professor Inger Mewburn (Thesis Whisperer) and Simon Clews (Melbourne Engagement Lab, Melbourne CSHE) and announce the winners of the ePoster Competition at the award event on Wednesday 23 August 2017, 4:00-5:00pm. Bookings are essential for this event as places are limited.


Date: Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Time: 4:00pm – 5:00pm

Venue: Digital Studio, Level 2, West Wing of Arts West (Building 148; access via single lift at the rear foyer)

Presenters: Professor Dick Strugnell (Pro Vice Chancellor, Graduate and International Research),  Associate Professor Inger Mewburn (Thesis Whisperer) and Simon Clews (Melbourne Engagement Lab, Melbourne CSHE).


Click here or more information about the session and to register for your spot; and view the full program here.

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