Are you ready for Researcher Connect: Digital tools & skills showcase? Explore the program now!

Researcher Connect – Wednesday 28 August 10 – 4 at the GSA

Join us to discover all your digital research and skills support services on campus! Attend taster classes covering tools, find out about available digital platforms plus connect with your research support professionals. Whether you are currently involved in research or new to it, this event is for you!

Here is a first look at the program of the day, explore the sessions and start planning now!


Who is coming to the experts showcase?

– Digitisation Services (10-12)

– Visualise Your Thesis (10-12)

– HPC, Cloud, Data Storage & Research IT (10-2)

– Research data management advice & design, Humanities and Social Sciences informatics (10-4)

– Systematic Review tools and services (10-4)

– EndNote, Mendeley & Zotero: Q&A (Reference management tools) (10-4)

– Research data stewardship (12-4)

– Flaunt it!: effectively promoting your research & ways to track impact and engagement (12-4)

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Lightning Talks

Every hour, on the hour, Lightning Talks are running in the Pierre Gorman Room.

10-10:30 AM RefMan Slam – whose side are you on?

Gain a quick, comparative overview of the reference management platforms: EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero to help decide the best tool for your research.

Presenters: Kristijan Causovski (Senior Librarian, Bibliographic Reference Management) and Christina Ward (Melbourne Law School Library)


11-11:30 AM Big data curation to enhance health and biomedical research

Health and biomedical researchers are actively advocating the benefits of curating heterogenous data sources to improving decision making. Priyanka will talk about current practices, policies and guidelines in curating data in health research and also present exemplars that demonstrate the benefits of data curation.

Presenters: Priyanka Pillai (Research Data Steward)


12-12:30 PM Open science: how open do you need to be?

Learn about the benefits of open science and how to choose the right level of openness for your research, including what platforms are available for publishing data at the University and what choices they provide with regards to how open you make your data.

Presenters: Dr. Lyle Winton, Peter Neish & Gene Melzack


1-1:30 PM Going global: the case of the European Open Science Cloud

This session will provide an overview of the EOSC, outlining the governance structure, current activities and objectives for presenting a minimum viable platform by end 2020. Work within the RDA to ensure global alignment of open science commons will also be presented.

Note: This session will run until 1:45

Presenter: Sarah Jones, Associate Director: Digital Curation Centre (UK)


2-2:30 PM Virtual Reality at the University of Melbourne

Learn how virtual reality is currently being can be used in the classroom as well in research and training activities. Examples demonstrating various use cases will be shared as well as advice and guidance about factors to consider when developing or experiencing virtual reality learning applications.

Presenters: Ben Loveridge (Communications and Media Production Consultant, Learning Environments) and Dr. Charles Sevigny (Director of Digital Learning, School of Biomedical Sciences) 


3-3:30 PM Be copyright literate in 20 minutes or less: essential tips to keep your thesis compliant

The presentation emphasises the importance of copyright as part of the digital skillset required to be a successful researcher in all disciplines.  It also aims to condense and communicate the requirements for research higher degree students in submitting their thesis in an easily digestible, straightforward and engaging format.

Presenter: Wilfred Villareal (Liaison Librarian, Science and Engineering)


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Res Pitches

Every hour, on the hour, Res Pitches are running in the FLMR Room. Half hour pitches on all of the best research tools on offer.

10-10:30 AM Whython? Python

Instead of coding our theses (you can do that later!), we will use it to win a game show instead!

Presenter: Jon Garber


11-11:30 AM Introduction to MATLAB

Take your first steps with MATLAB and explore 3D plotting of ocean waves.

Presenter: Alicia Takbash


12:12-30 PM Data Analysis using R/RStudio

From data to publication: A swift ride.

Presenters: Pablo Franco


1-1:30 PM Introduction to Nvivo

Learn how you can use Nvivo in your Research

Presenter: Alex Shermon


2-2:30 PM Intro to 3D printing with TinkerCAD

A basic introduction to what 3D printing is with TinkerCAD & how it can help you as a researcher.

Presenter: Eric Jong


3-3:30 PM Report your Research with Beautiful Documents using LaTeX

Determine whether LaTeX is for you; typeset an article in LaTeX and learn how to insert graphics.

Presenter: Meirian Lovelace Tozer


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