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Increasing the value of your data: Lessons learned from sharing collections

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La Trobe City Campus, level 3

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At this event examples will be presented of how institutions have recently published research data collections from their institution and made these more valuable and reusable. This has improved the visibility of the research data assets and the research at the institution.

Through these projects the institutions have gained experience in approaches to exposing and sharing their data. Participants will hear lessons learned from these projects, examples of successful approaches to setting up and sustaining this infrastructure and discuss the benefits and opportunities from sharing research data and approaches.

This event is aimed at staff working on research data in libraries, eResearch, IT, research groups, research institutes and government organisations.

What you can expect out of the meeting:

  1. Knowledge of data publishing projects in Victorian institutions

  2. How institutions have managed data publishing at their institution

  3. Impact of research data publishing for the researches and the institution

  4. New research data management and publishing systems implemented and why

  5. What role FAVeR and ANDS play in enabling and promoting data sharing knowledge and applications

Speakers:

David Groenewegen (Monash), Angeletta Leggio (ANDS), Nicholas May (RMIT), Peter Dahlhaus (Federation University), Christopher McAvaney (Deakin), Paul Pigram (La Trobe), Gerard Fahey (University of Melbourne)

  • Nicholas May of RMIT will inform us about Research Data Grants as a program for enriching research data. At RMIT University, the Research Data Grants Program is a means by which the eResearch Office and Library can offer support to researchers, for the enhancement and publication of research datasets and collections. In this talk, we discuss the program, including: the selection criteria, areas of enrichment, issues encountered, and the future of the program

  • Peter Dahlhaus of Federation University Australia will present on Soils & Technologies. Unprecedented volumes of data are now available to decision models and tools that can be used to grow the profitability of Australian agriculture. The challenge is in providing equitable access to all the available data – public and private – in a seamless manner, regardless of its disparate custodianship and collective heterogeneity. With support from ANDS, the Centre for eResearch and Digital Innovation has been liberating unique agricultural datasets and making them available through Research Data Australia.

  • Christopher McAvaney of Deakin University will speak about his experience delivering marine data via the AODN Stack. Deakin has been implementing a portal for our marine habitat researchers, called the Victorian Marine Habitat Mapping (VMHM) portal, and has been supported by the High Value Collection (HVC) program of Australian National Data Service (ANDS). This project has been a collaboration between Deakin University, University of Tasmania (via the Institute of Marine and Antarctic Studies – IMAS) and the Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS) NCRIS capability. Through this collaboration, we have been able to implement an instance of the Australian Ocean Data Network (AODN) portal that IMOS has developed, enabling our marine habitat researchers to expose their data to the world, but also curate data sets from the Victorian Government and other agencies. This has presented a wide spectrum of challenges which Christopher McAvaney will be presenting on at this workshop.

  • Paul Pigram of La Trobe University will inform us on sharing surface analysis data on CMSShub which is a HUBzero platform. The Centre for Materials and Surface Science (CMSS) at La Trobe provides capabilities and equipment focused on surface science, analysis & imaging. The CMSS has published well described reference collections derived from spectroscopy equipment, via HubZero. Hubzero is an open source system which allows researchers to collaborate via abroad range of pathways including groups, projects, hosted software tools and data visualisation. This presentation will cover the Hubzero platform, how it has helped describe, store and disseminate these datasets and future plans for promotion and engagement with these data.

  • Gerard Fahey from University of Melbourne will educate us about how the School of Ecosystems and Forest Sciences Cultural Collection (CCHC) at the University of Melbourne is using the Omeka collections and exhibitions open source web-publishing platform to share a significant and historic glass lantern slide collection. The platform enables the enrichment of the current metadata by researchers and VSF (Victorian School of Forestry) alumni. This presentation covers the process of working with ANDS (Australian National Data Service) and Research Platforms at the University of Melbourne to make the slides available.

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