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Open Access Australia

The new Open Access Australasia website supports all models of open access, especially the principles that research outputs should be Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) by the global research ecosystem.

The site aims to be an authoritative source of information on all aspects of open access in Australia and New Zealand. It includes articles, case studies and FAQs, and provides access to a number of useful directories, e.g., directories of open access repositories, open journals and open book publishers.

Funder policies are linked, as are open access policies from a number of universities, including Griffith's own Open Research Statement. There are also guidelines who those wanting to work openly.

The site replaces the previous Australasian Open Access Support Group website.

What's New

  • Access to publicly funded data
    Australia has long been a signatory to the OECD Recommendation on Access to Research Data from Public Funding. In January this year, the OECD published a revised recommendation, which Australia and 39 other countries have agreed to adopt. The new version recognises that publicly funded research data is "a public good that can create value for society" and that sharing data openly and widely can help researchers tackle global challenges, such as pandemics and climate change, more quickly and more efficiently. Read more.

  • Bridging continents to share and reuse research data
    From Siberia to Antarctica, long-predicted shifts in climate patterns are causing increasingly wild weather. For researchers to collaborate globally in a frictionless way, Australia's research landscape ideally needs to mirror how research infrastructure is built overseas. Australia's approach is to help build global standards such as CoreTrustSeal (criteria for how trusted a data repository is); the FAIR data maturity model to assess how findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable data is; and the Data Description Registry Interoperability Model (making it easier for researchers to find data in other countries). Read more about Australian efforts.

  • Infrastructure and Data Management Plans
    This virtual session on Tuesday 18 May, 2-3 pm, will focus on tools and infrastructure for data management plans. Read more or register here. The event has been organised by the Australasian Data Management Plans Interest Group.

Hot Topics

Mapping the seabed

Only around a third of the global ocean floor has currently been mapped to a useful resolution. The Global Multi-Resolution Topography for Australian coastal and ocean models (GMRT-AusSeabed for short) aims to piece together the puzzle of Australian seabed data so that researchers worldwide can use it for research. Read more about the work of this important new collaborative project.

International Data Week, 2021

International Data Week (IDW 2021) will be held on 8–11 November 2021 in Seoul, South Korea. The week's activities will also include SciDataCon 2021, the scientific conference addressing the frontiers of data in research. The theme chosen for this year's conference is Data to improve our world. In the era of the fourth industrial revolution, data have become an important resource that drives science and technology and leads to new discoveries, innovation, and economic growth. Submit an abstract for SciDataCon or find out more about IDW, the conference and all the satellite events.

Date claimer: Griffith Review lightning talk, 1 June

David Ritter, the CEO of Greenpeace Australia, will headline the next joint Griffith Review and Library lightning talk, Changing the Climate Story to be held at 6pm on Tuesday, 1 June at the QCA Lecture theatre at Southbank (S05 2.04). This lively discussion with Arabella Douglas and Brendan Mackey will illuminate our shared experiences of the world's changing climate and examine how we can shape a better future. It's time to explore adaptation and transition, sustainability and complexity, diversity and hope. Keep an eye on our Library Connect blog for more details about the event and how to register.

What you might have missed on the blog

  • Beam me up, Scotty?
    Looking for a way to visualise your research performance? Web of Science Author Impact Beamplots showcase the citation performance of an author's publications through a visualisation, showing the volume and citation impact of a publication portfolio over time. Each paper's citation count is normalised — benchmarked against other similar publications from the same discipline — and measured as a percentile. Find out more.

  • Everything for the movie buff
    The Library has recently subscribed to the Bloomsbury Screen Studies Collection, an ideal resource for academics and students engaged in screen studies — or anyone who would like to know more about film history, theory and practice. The multi-part database includes ebooks on film history, film theory, national cinemas, filmmakers and actors, as well as film classics from the British Film Institute, Auteur films, and collections of screenplays and film criticism. Read more.

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