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Why data is king

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Google and Facebook have revolutionised our digital landscape. Google is so popular that it is now a verb in the dictionary, while Facebook boasts 2.01 billion monthly active users globally, growing by 500 million users in the last 2 years. However, can you actually trust them?

Associate Professor David Byrne from the Faculty of Business and Economics of the University of Melbourne writes  about these two online platforms,  discussing digital platforms inquiry, privacy and market power.

Click here to read this exciting article.


Translating a complex research into an accessible comic format

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A challenge that researchers face is the ability to communicate their work to a broader, more varied audiences. Dr Jan Friesen and Dr Skander Elleuche have developed a method that provides a simple yet flexible framework to translate a complex scientific publication into a broadly accessible comic format.

Click here to read their interesting article.


University of Melbourne Newspaper Subscription

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Did you know that as a University of Melbourne student or staff, you have access to a range of Australian newspapers – digital replica and website versions. These include: The Age, Australian Financial Review, Sydney Morning Herald. 

What are you waiting for? Click here now to access these newspapers.

Welcome to Tinker

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Tinker is the newest addition to the Australian research infrastructure landscape. It is an online environment designed for the discovery and exploration of digital methods, tools, data, and training for researchers in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS).

Tinker has emerged out of a collective recognition of the need for a national approach towards digital HASS skills and training in Australia. One of its key aims is to better the capacity of researchers to engage with digital tools and methods to address research questions in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences.

The Tinker environment will provide direct access to a range of advanced tools and research data repositories. With the release of the prototype, the project team is currently seeking feedback from the HASS community on the needs and capacities for digital HASS work in an online space.

Please contact Greg D’Arcy ( if you have direct feedback on the website, or would like to be involved in planned user testing scheduled for early 2019.

Libguide: Statistical and Mathematical Software

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The statistical and mathematical software guide is one of our most popular library guides and provides information for the University of Melbourne (UoM) community on where to access statistical software on campus; how to purchase licensed copies; training opportunities; links to support materials; and further reading. With information on advanced software such as NVivo, Minitab, MATLAB and etc, this is a useful guide for UoM researchers.

Click here to find out more.

Understanding your Publishing Agreement

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Authors and publishers will generally have a publishing agreement (sometimes referred to as an author or licence agreement) in place when a work is published.

Publishing agreements vary between publishers and will also vary depending on whether or not the work is being published as a book, book chapter, journal article or conference paper. Some publishers do not use publishing agreements, in which case, they only have the right to publish the work for the purpose it was submitted. For example, if an author submits an article to a particular journal and there is no agreement in place, the publisher can only publish the article in the issue for which it was submitted. They would not be able to re-publish the article in an annual collection of popular articles without the permission of the author.

The agreement will generally cover information such as when the work will be published; how it will published (in print or online or both); how many copies will be made available etc; if the author is entitled to any royalties, how they will be shared between the author and publisher, when they will be paid etc. The agreement will also address how copyright in the work will be managed.

Click here for more information about publishing agreement.

Royal Exhibition Building & Uni Melb Archives

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Graduation season is in full swing and many take place in Melbourne’s world heritage listed Royal Exhibition Building. This magnificent building is the oldest surviving from the Great Exhibition era that is still operating as an exhibition hall. Standing strong in Carlton Gardens, the Royal Exhibition Building is beautiful inside and out—a true landmark of Melbourne.

Dozens of trade fairs and public expos are held at the REB annually, continuing 135 years of bringing new ideas to Melbourne. It’s also home to gala dinners, fashion shows, community events and so much more. Whenever the building is available, we daily hold tours of the meticulously-restored interior with guides to tell the story of its triumphant arrival, its unappreciated middle age, and its rebirth as the first World Heritage listed building in Australia.

Click here to view the original drawings for this building at the Uni Melb Archives.

How to promote your research achievements without being obnoxious?


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Promoting your research achievements is not being arrogant. In fact, it is a necessity. You cannot depend on your research work being picked up automatically. But promoting it the wrong way might make you seem obnoxious. Professor Anne-Wil Harzing at the Middlesex University has written an excellent article on this exact topic.

Click here to read more about this exciting article.


Google Scholar Citation Profiles: the good, the bad, and the better

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Google Scholar Citations lets authors set up a profile page that lists their publications and citation metrics.

The citation metrics are updated automatically, and you can choose to have your list of publications updated automatically or update them yourself.

You can make your profile public, so that it appears in Google Scholar results when people search for your name.

Click here to check out this interesting article about setting up a good Google Scholar Profile


IDCC19 – Workshop Registration is now open

International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) is an established annual event with a unique place in the digital curation community, reaching out to individuals, organisations and institutions across all disciplines and domains involved in curating data and providing an opportunity to get together with like-minded data practitioners to discuss policy and practice.

The 14th edition of the International Digital Curation Conference (IDCC) will be run in partnership with the University of Melbourne. The conference will be hosted at the new Faculty of Arts development at Arts West, which has award winning, state-of-the art facilities.

The conference is supplemented by a rich programme of workshops. These events must be booked separately from the conference. You do not have to attend the conference in order to register for the workshops. The registrations for the following workshops have now been opened:

  • Moving Ahead with Support for Data Management in an Academic Institution
  • Digital Preservation Carpentry
  • Innovative connected research infrastructure for Terrestrial ecoscience researchers and decision makers
  • Defining and Implementing Digital Curation Workflows
  • Peer-to-Peer Train-the-Trainer workshop
  • From Data Curation to Software Curation: Enhancing Reproducibility and Sustainability of Data and Software

Registration will open until 21 January 2019.

Click here for more information about the workshops.

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