Researcher@Library Blog

Researcher@Library at Res Baz Melb 2017

The key theme of ResBaz Melb 2017 is “community” and Researcher@Library is participating to empower your digital literacy.  ResBaz runs from Tuesday 21 February
to Thursday 23 February 2017.

ITS Research Services

Researcher@Library workshops are to run on Thursday 23 February 2017.

10-11am: Research Data Management

Researchers from all disciplines accumulate data as part of their research practice. This data can comprise a variety of forms: notes and documentation, interviews, images, archival records, 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.

11am-12pm: ORCID & Researcher Profiles

Researcher profiles such as Google Scholar can help increase your online visibility, allow you to take credit for you work, find out who cites your work, and be prepared for applications which ask for a demonstration of your research impact. An Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID) is a permanent identifier which facilitates disambiguation of researchers and research outputs and is increasingly used by funding bodies and journal publishers. This workshop will give an overview of the digital researcher profile landscape. [Bring your own device to set up profiles and your ORCID during the session]

12-1pm: Sharing your Research Articles


* The Research Bazaar is a free 3 day conference hosted by Research Platforms at The University of Melbourne. Read more about ResBaz Melbourne 2017 here.

Altmetric for Institutions Workshop

Altmetrics logoTuesday 7th February 11.00-12.00 Baillieu Library, eLearning Studio #1.

This workshop—for both researchers and research administrators—will teach you how to use Altmetric for Institutions, a tool that can identify, track and report online engagement with you research outputs via Twitter, Facebook, media outlets, weibo, Mendeley and more. The workshop will be useful for anyone interested in understanding the reach and impact of research, or who need to report to funding bodies on their own or others’ research impact beyond the university sector. The workshop will cover:

  • Who’s talking about your research?  Where are they? And what are they saying?
  • How to save and export data in Altmetric and how to set up alerts.

More information and registration details can be found here.

Digital Scholarship Team wins National Award

The University’s Data Forensic Lab has been recognised for its innovative use of ICT by VALA.

The prestigious VALA Award, made biennially, is presented to the Australian library or information service judged to have made the most innovative use of information technology during the previous two years.  The VALA Award recognises outstanding and innovative use of ICT to improve service to customers.

The Data service and forensics lab offers a range of services for examining, analyzing, recovering, re-using and preserving data stored in digital media in a forensically sound manner.

For the first time in its history the award was jointly presented to two recipients. The University of Melbourne and the National Library of Australia.

Free Online ‘Fundamentals of NVivo’ Training for University of Melbourne researchers (2017)

An update: all complimentary ‘promotional’ vouchers for 2017 NVivo training have been distributed.

Other NVivo training and support options:

QSR International 

  • Workshops, eDemos and webinars:  Free resources here. Paid training here.
  • Getting Started Guides
  • QSR NVivo Forums, and NVivo FAQs

NVivo demonstrations 
Animated demonstrations of how to create and set up a project are included with NVivo software.

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

GSA is likely to offer NVivo workshops for students and staff in 2017 – at time of writing none scheduled. GSA schedule here.

NVivo > Statistical & Mathematical Software guide

Information for the University of Melbourne community on where to access NVivo on campus; how to get the software; training opportunities; and links to NVivo support materials produced by QSR. Access guide here.


The University of Melbourne Library has a limited number of free vouchers for online Fundamentals of NVivo Windows/Mac training provided by QSR International. QSR International’s online courses combine flexible self-paced study with virtual interaction with experienced facilitators and class peers.

NVivo for Windows

  • Fundamentals of NVivo for Windows

NVivo for Mac

  • Fundamentals of NVivo for Mac

How it works?
The courses run typically over a one-week period and use online resources to facilitate learning that accommodates the time constraints of each individual participant. Participants are given access to the virtual classroom environment where an expert facilitates activities, discussion and Q&A sessions.The course ends with a live interactive session where you can share your work with fellow participants and the facilitators and discuss specific questions. Typically participants can expect to devote approximately 10 hours to course work.

View the QSR Course Schedule here ensuring that you have selected the correct time zone (Asia Pacific) and course type (Online).


To obtain a discount voucher code, please email Jennifer Warburton ( using your University of Melbourne email address. Discount codes will be distributed on a first-come-first-served basis and can only be issued to University of Melbourne staff and students with a valid university email address.


Engineering Village – new numeric search feature for Compendex and Inspec


Now you can refine your searches using numeric data – e.g., rate of a data transfer, thermal properties of a material, size of microchip components —across both Compendex and Inspec on the Engineering Village platform. Speed up your searches and open up new lines of investigation quickly and easily.

New to Engineering Village or want a quick refresher? Once logged into Engineering Village access the Getting Started learning module via the Getting Started tab on the right side of the screen. It includes instructional video tutorials that highlight the most important Engineering Village features and functionalities. Getting Started covers training topics, such as:  ‘How to run a Quick Search’, ‘Working with the Results’, ‘Setting up and using Alerts’, and more. The module can be started in any order and can be completed in just a few minutes.

Compendex is a comprehensive bibliographic database of engineering research in the broad subject areas of engineering and applied science including: nuclear technology; bioengineering; transportation; chemical and process engineering; light and optical technology; agricultural engineering and food technology; computers and data processing; applied physics; electronics and communications control; civil, mechanical, materials, petroleum, aerospace, and automotive engineering. Compendex combined with the Ei Engineering Index Backfile provides coverage from 1884 to the present day. The database is updated weekly. Access Compendex here.

Inspec is a leading bibliographic database providing access to the world’s scientific literature in: electrical engineering; electronics; physics; control engineering; information technology; communications; computers; computing; manufacturing and production engineering. Inspec combined with the Inspec Archive provides coverage from 1898 to the present day. The database is updated weekly. Access Inspect here.

90 day library loans for Masters & PhD students

You’ve spoken and we’ve listened: starting from this year, all University of Melbourne Masters students and PhD candidates will now be able to borrow library items for up to 90 days!

This applies to materials you would have borrowed previously for 28 Days. Also, remember you can renew items up to 10 times and if you’re after something that is out, you can request it and pick it up from your preferred library.


More information about University of Melbourne library loan periods here.

CiteScore: a new journal citation impact measure

Elsevier has a new journal citation impact measure – CiteScore.

CiteScore metrics are calculated using Scopus data for 22,000+ serial titles. This includes peer-reviewed journals, book series, conference proceedings and trade journals – in 330 disciplines.

Read about CiteScore methodology and access CiteScore here. Click on CiteScore 2015 methodology link.

The independent Scholarly Kitchen blog has a post on CiteScore which provides additional information. Read Phil Davis’ post here .


By Pearson Scott Foresman - Archives of Pearson Scott Foresman, donated to the Wikimedia Foundation, Public Domain,

Image: by Pearson Scott Foresman. Public Domain,

Improved CloudStor FileSender functionality: end-to-end encryption and more.

File sharing and collaboration is now easier for Australian researchers with upgraded CloudStor. One of the new features for CloudStor FileSender is end-to-end encryption providing secure file transfer.

Read more here.

What is CloudStor? It’s a file sharing and storage service designed and built by AARNet to support data-intensive research collaborations. It is an on-net service for AARNet-connected institutions, providing individual researchers with 100GB free storage and group quotas available on request. Fast access, easy to use – no plugins required.

CloudStor storage is located in Australia.


Image: Cumulus clouds in fair weather. Photograph taken by Michael Jastremski. CC BY-SA 2.0 from:

Image: Cumulus clouds in fair weather. Photograph taken by Michael Jastremski. [CC BY-SA 2.0 from: Wikimedia Commons]

Wiley – first major publisher to require ORCIDs from submitting authors

John Wiley & Sons Inc. recently announced plans to require ORCID iDs as part of the manuscript submission process for a large number of Wiley journals. Read their press release here.

ORCID is an open, non-profit, and internationally recognised registry of unique researcher identifiers. It provides a method for linking your research activities and outputs using a 16-digit number to identify individual researchers in much the same way that ISBNs and DOIs identify individual books and articles. ORCID is discipline- and corporate-neutral and also interlinks other identifier systems. read more about ORCID here.

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.


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