Archive for July, 2011

Better outcomes, cheaper subjects

Friday, July 29th, 2011

AN American-style redesign of potential "bottleneck" subjects in two Australian universities’ undergraduate courses could improve student outcomes while cutting delivery costs by up to 77 per cent, experts say. The three-year pilot will overhaul two subjects each at James Cook University and the Australian Catholic University, replacing lectures with small groups ...

Enrolments for the 2011 ACSPRI Spring Program

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Enrolments for the 2011 ACSPRI Spring Program are now open! The Australian Consortium for Social and Political Research Inc (ACSPRI) is a not-for-profit consortium of universities, government departments and public sector research organisations, which has offered intensive courses in research methods, predominantly for research staff and HDR students at its member institutions, ...

Twitterati flocks to researcher’s posts

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

'"I JUST can't see the point of doing research if no one is going to read it," says Simon Chapman, professor of public health and director of research at the University of Sydney. A prolific researcher and writer - Chapman has published 406 articles in peer-reviewed journals ...

Go8 backs impact measure trial

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

'A FRESH push by the Australian Technology Network to establish a measure of research impact has been backed by the Group of Eight universities. Both groups appear set to participate in a trial of impact measures later this year. The intention is to garner wide support for a measure ...

Budgets bitten by research funding

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

'PRESSURE to perform well in audits such as Excellence in Research for Australia and in international rankings has left universities juggling their budgets to cover an estimated $2.7 billion research spending shortfall. And, says Frank Larkins, whose analysis of the situation is published today by the LH ...

Copyright or copywrong? How journals control access to research

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

Flickr/TilarX 'Back in 1991, in the very earliest days of the internet, a group of high energy physicists began sharing their findings on a Los Alamos-based online archive called Arxiv. Their early experiments in the sharing of scholarly work helped spark what has become the Open Access movement, a worldwide push for more ...

Explainer: Open access vs traditional academic journal publishers

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

Flickr/mandiberg 'A growing number of academic institutions are building free online databases of their scholarly output. But publication in a big name academic journal still holds cachet for most academics. As the cost of accessing academic journal articles increases, a growing number of academic institutions are building publicly accessible databases of scholarly ...

The Directory of Open Access Repositories – OpenDOAR

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

'The OpenDOAR service provides a quality-assured listing of open access repositories around the world. OpenDOAR is primarily a service to enhance and support the academic and research activities of the global community. OpenDOAR maintains a comprehensive ...

Digital Preservation Management

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

One of our staff attended the digital preservation management workshop organised by ANDS (Australian National Data Services).  A number of the attendees at the workshop (mostly representatives from universities libraries) are concerned about research data management. The digital preservation management strategy is certainly not limited to research data but can ...

Making knowledge free: ANU launches open access research database

Tuesday, July 26th, 2011

Flickr/justiceimages 'ANU’s new Digital Collections database aims to make scholarly work freely accessible to anyone with an internet connection. As the cost of accessing academic journals soars, the Australian National University has launched a new free online database that allows anyone with an internet connection to read the latest scholarly work. ANU joins an ...