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Introduction to the Alveo Virtual Laboratory for Speech and Language Research


Alveo is a VL platform that combines a repository for language data: audio, video, text and associated metadata and annotations. The Alveo platform incorporates the Galaxy Workflow Engine, originally developed to support Bio-informatics research, to present language processing tools in a web-based environment that can make complex tools easier to use and has the potential to enable non-technical researchers to use cloud computing resources.

The goal of Alveo is to make sharing data easier a to make running complex speech and language processing tools easier for non-technical researchers. The data Alveo holds includes the Austalk corpus – a collection of speech from more than 800 speakers around Australia. This collection is of interest to a range of researchers from speech technology to acoustic phonetics and forensics.

BYO laptop

Date: Thursday 13th July, 1-3pm.
Venue: Digital Lab, Level 2 Digital Studio Arts West building (Take the lift in the rear foyer).
Enquiries: contact the SCIP Office @

New updates to Web of Science

New features and improved workflows feature in the latest Web of Science update.

  • The Citation Report has been redesigned. Citation metrics and trends are easier to view and use. See it in action.
  • Improved usability and design
    • Updated “Select a Database” navigation
    • Redesigned “Search” menu: quick access to Cited Reference Searching
    • Improved metrics integration: filtering for ‘Highly Cited Papers’ and ‘Hot Papers’
    • New output fields: ‘Open Access’; ‘Highly Cited Papers’ and ‘Hot Papers’
    • Expand Marked List: Save up to 50 Marked Lists of up to 50K records each. Export all 50K records to InCites in one click
    • Daily Updates: New content added to Web of Science Core Collection 5 days a week

Read release notes here and check out the Clarivate Analytics’ Guide for additional resources.

Digital Humanities Pathways Forum (Victoria)


You’re invited to attend the Victoria forum of “Digital Humanities Pathways” which will bring together local and national research groups, platforms, and services working across the digital humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS). The aim of the forum is to encourage a discussion with digital HASS communities around the current activities, tools, trends, and value of digital research to explore future possibilities for the digital HASS space in Victoria and nationally.

Event details
Date: Friday, 14 July 2017
Time: 9.00am – 3.45pm
Location: Deakin Downtown, Level 12, Tower 2, 727 Collins Street, Melbourne, Victoria 3008

Register today to secure your place!

Journal Citation Reports 2017 (2016 data)

Clarivate Analytics* has released the 2017 edition of Journal Citation Reports (JCR), which provides a combination of impact and influence metrics for over 11,000 journals from 2016 data. This analysis is based on citation data, impact and influence metrics, and millions of cited and citing journal data points from the Web of Science database. In 2017 JCR includes:

  • 132 new journals
  • 11,459 journals in total from 81 countries
  • 236 disciplines

The journal with the highest impact factor: CA-A Cancer Journal for Clinicians

More information in the Clarivate Analytics News item.

A list of the journals included in the 2017 update

Access to JCR is available for University of Melbourne staff and students via the Library online catalogue.

* Clarivate Analytics – formerly the Intellectual Property and Science business of Thomson Reuters.

[Peta Humphreys, Science & Engineering Librarian]

Women’s history

The University of Melbourne Library has recently acquired the Gerritsen Collection of Aletta H. Jacobs database.

Aletta Jacobs was a Dutch physician and feminist who, along with her husband C.V. Gerritsen began collecting information on women’s issues in the late 1800s. By the time their successors finished their work in 1945, the Gerritsen Collection was the greatest single source for the study of women’s history in the world, with materials spanning four centuries and 15 languages.

The collection contains more than 4,500 publications from the U.S., the U.K., Canada, New Zealand, and continental Europe. Users can trace the evolution of feminism within a single country, as well as the impact of that country’s feminist movement on other countries and their movements.

For other related library resources see our Gender Studies guide.

TVNews for Australian television news, current affairs and selected documentaries

TVNews indexes Australian television news, current affairs and selected documentaries from the free-to-air networks with links to the digitised video content in a compressed format. All individual stories from a particular broadcast are indexed with a detailed synopsis. TVNews can be accessed via the Library catalogue.

TVNews is updated daily, with stories appearing on an evening news broadcast generally being available for access the next morning. Key titles include: Australian Story, Catalyst, Current Affair, Dateline, Foreign Correspondent, Four Corners, Insiders, Insight, Landline, Lateline, Meet the Press, Q and A, Today Tonight, World News Australia, and many more. Coverage commences with September 2007 and is updated daily.

For more information see the Informit TVNews ‘how to’ guide.

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Scholarly Services Review 2017

Students, staff and other members of the University of Melbourne community are invited to contribute to a review of the Scholarly Services portfolio.
The portfolio includes Learning Environments and the Student IT service; Research and Collections; and the full range of Scholarly Information Services provided through the University Library.

In particular the Review Panel will consider:

  • Appropriateness of existing services for supporting academic teaching, management of learning administration platforms, supporting research and engagement programs, and meeting student needs
  • Capacity and capability to achieve the University’s strategic aspirations
  • Sustaining service provision and enhancing programs in priority areas
  • Facilitating cross-workgroup engagement, problem-solving and service integration
  • Positioning staff to respond with agility to evolving customer needs and requirements

Details and how to provide input: visit the Scholarly Services Review webpage. The initial call for input will close on Sunday 18 June 2017.

Apply for the Joyce Thorpe Nicholson Fellowship

The fellowship will be awarded to a scholar or writer to produce work that is based around the Joyce Thorpe Nicholson collection that incorporates her main areas of belief and work, particularly women’s issues and Australian publishing.

It is a $10,000 fellowship with applications closing 6 June 2017.

The daughter of publisher DW Thorpe, Joyce Thorpe Nicholson was born in Melbourne and educated at Methodist Ladies College and the University of Melbourne. She was active in the women’s movement and the Australian publishing industry for many years, and authored over 25 books, many of them dealing with women’s issues. Joyce Thorpe Nicholson was a co-founder of Sisters Publishing in 1979, set up to publish women writers as an alternative to mainstream publishers. She generously donated her major collection of nearly 2000 books by and about Australian women to Special Collections at the University of Melbourne. It includes rare nineteenth-century material, as well as scarce twentieth-century political ephemera.

Fellowship criteria and application form and further information.

Have you received emails regarding Journal Rankings and related topics?

Library staff are interested in hearing from University of Melbourne researchers who have received emails from groups on the subject of journal rankings, and in particular asked to join such groups in order to review scholarly journals. We have received queries from academics who have received such emails and are curious about their bona fides. We are interested in learning how far these emails have spread, the number of different organisations, and the nature of their activities and queries. If you have received such emails, please contact Peta Humphreys, Science & Engineering Librarian,

The Library’s Getting Published guide provides links to tools and information on deciding where to publish your research. It also includes a link to Think. Check. Submit. – a cross-industry initiative led by representatives from groups such as:  Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers, Directory of Open Access Journals, INASP, ISSN, LIBER, OASPA, STM, UKSG, and individual publishers.

[Peta Humphreys, Science & Engineering Librarian]

Managing Data@ Melbourne: workshop for STEMM Researchers

Thursday 25th May: 1:00pm to 2:30pm
Baillieu Library, Dulcie Hollyock Room.

Researchers accumulate data as part of their research practice. This data can take a variety of forms: biological samples, patient record data, computational data, algorithms, observations, notes, interviews, images, surveys, and much more. Good research data management planning keeps your data secure, allows you to find and access it easily, and can verify research outcomes. It also supports your future research by enabling you and others to share and reuse your data.

In this session, you will learn how you can effectively manage your research data and explore some of the services available at the University that can help. The session provides an opportunity to discuss your project with data management experts.

To get the most out of this workshop we recommend that participants complete the Managing Data @Melbourne program.

Register for a place.

[Contributor: Peta Humpheys, Science & Engineering Librarian]

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