Archive for February, 2012

Sustainable data from digital research: Humanities perspectives on digital scholarship

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

This conference held in December 2011 at the University of Melbourne addressed the field of digital humanities scholarship from the perspective of methods for improving research outcomes by better use of technology. Digital methods for recording information are now ubiquitous. In fieldwork-based disciplines, like ...

Changing role of librarian in data environment

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

There has been a lot of discussion about the changing role of the librarian in the data environment. You can read more about it in the new Journal of eScience Librarianship, a journal which ... is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that advances the theory and practice of librarianship with a ...

Elsevier withdraws support for the Research Works Act

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Elsevier has announced that it no longer supports the Research Works Act. That's the Bill -- for which Elsevier was a major backer -- that would bar the government from requiring open and free access (after a period of time) to government-funded research: While we continue to oppose government mandates in ...

Users, narcissism and control – tracking the impact of scholarly publications in the 21st century

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

Executive summary: "What is the scientific and social impact of my research publications? This question has been of interest to scientists and scholars since the inception of modern science 400 years ago. But it was hard to answer. This may now be changing. Scholarship is transforming into a variety of digital ...

5 things to do in your first week

Monday, February 27th, 2012

You are starting your PhD. What should you do? 5 things... Get thee to Facebook (even if you hate it) Make friends with administrators Do a library tour and make an appointment with your Liaison librarian Crank up that software Don't panic   Full post   Author: Dr Inger Mewburn Source: The Thesis Whisperer

Academic publishing must go digital to survive

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

'Most forms of publishing across the globe are in a state of flux. But university-based scholarly publishing faces a set of challenges all of its own. How can an industry whose target audience is so highly specialised remain viable, as funding dwindles and technology changes so quickly?' Full article   Author: Agata Mrva-Montoya Source: ...

Guidelines to Grant Success

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

'There are three key points for efficient grant application writing: Read the guidelines, Read the guidelines, and Read the guidelines. Research developers like to trot this one out regularly. It usually gets a laugh (or an eye-roll, ymmv), but it’s TRUE. I am a strong advocate of this mantra at the moment because university ...

Featured Researcher (Feb. 2012) – Dr Bronwen Neil

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012

The latest Featured Researcher profile is now available for viewing in Research Bank. This month Dr Bronwen Neil is featured. Dr Bronwen Neil is the Burke Senior Lecturer in Ecclesiastical Latin at ACU Brisbane, and acting Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies in first semester, 2012. In ...

Libraries help researchers save time, says new report

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

'University libraries are saving academics time by helping them find quality material more quickly, says a new report. Academics are choosing the library as their first choice for getting hold of scholarly material because access is quick, it helps them make new connections to related information and the library may be ...

The impact of open access on research and scholarship

Saturday, February 11th, 2012

Reflections on the Berlin 9 Open Access Conference.... 'The recent Berlin 9 Open Access Conference1 presented a striking reflection of the evolution of the scholarly community’s attitude towards open access. No debate, no controversy—this meeting of high-level research funders, policy makers, university administrators, librarians, publishers, and scholars focused squarely on the ...