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Welcome to issue 12 of Library Plus!

We are now celebrating our first anniversary - our first issue appeared in July 2020 to inform researchers of relevant news and events.

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Upcoming training

Skill Up for Research

Are you interested in learning new skills for research? Would you like to meet researchers from other universities working in your field? Are you an HDR student or early career researcher looking to find a community? If so, then ResBazQld is for you!

Run by a team of volunteers from south-east Queensland universities, Research Bazaar (ResBaz for short) is a skill- and community-building festival where HDR students and early career researchers come together to learn the latest in digital research tools and digital scholarship. In the spirit of a marketplace or bazaar, ResBaz is a highly participatory event where researchers from many different disciplines can learn, share knowledge and skills, meet people - and have fun! This will be the fifth annual ResBaz in Queensland.

ResBazQld will offer three days of in-person, covid-safe talks, workshops, panels, social activities and skill-up opportunities at The University of Queensland from 24-26 November, 2021, with a one-day satellite event at Griffith's Gold Coast campus on Friday 26 November. We also plan to stream some of RezBazQld for those who cannot attend in person.

We are currently creating the program so please tell us what skills you need or what workshops and talks you would like to attend. Use this form to suggest a talk or workshop, volunteer to help out or teach, sponsor activities or find out more. Follow the Twitter account ResBazQld for announcements, or keep an eye on the website.

What's New

  • How to register a patent

  • How does registering a patent compare to other scientific career milestones? For science entrepreneurs, is it akin to publishing a first paper, landing tenure or securing a grant? Three scientists who successfully commercialised their research discuss the patents process, and what it meant for them and their fledgling businesses. Hear their stories on this Nature Careers podcast.

  • Data curation from the desktop
    QCIF have released Data Curator, a desktop CSV data file editor to help describe, validate, and share usable open data This free data curation tool can be downloaded from the Apple and Microsoft app stores. Read more and find out more about the product from its developer, Stephen Gates.

  • Which data? Which version?
    As more and more researchers submit underpinning data along with a publication, the provenance of that data is increasingly coming into question. A framework used by librarians for cataloguing books is shedding light on how researchers can precisely identify the digital dataset that underpins their work -- a critical element in making sure the research is reproducible. Read the article.

  • Double dosing
    Astra Zeneca or Pfizer? New research shows combining a single dose of both jabs triggers the greatest immune response to SARS-Cov-2. Read the Nature piece.

  • Human genome update
    When the sequencing of the human genome was announced two decades ago, the sequence was not truly complete. Now researchers have added 200 million DNA base pairs and 115 protein-coding genes to complete the picture. Read the Nature piece.

Hot Topics

Only two out of five NZ publications are open access

Researchers in NZ studied journal articles published by researchers at all eight New Zealand universities in 2017 to determine how many were freely accessible on the web. Only two-fifths were free to read. See the full article.

Get a DOI for your data

Make it easy for other researchers to find and read your work. Visit this page to find out how to get a DOI to attach to your data or publication to make it easy to discover. DOIs are persistent identifiers for digital work.

Top Tip

Are you up to date with digital skills? Our Digital Dexterity quiz allows you to rapidly self-assess your current skill level and provides links to information on skills you may still need to develop.

What you might have missed on the blog

  • How to be SAGE
    Today's data is often so large and complex that it's difficult to process using traditional methods. However, the ability to work with such data is an increasingly important skill across academic disciplines and professions. SAGE's collection of Data Science, Big Data Analytics and Digital Methods provides video tutorials and guidebooks on data mining and visualisation, statistical methods, natural language processing, digital humanities, and more. Read more.

  • World Environment Day: Hear from Dr Ed Morgan

    Reimagine. Recreate. Restore.

    Those words form the theme of this year's World Environment Day. While we can’t turn back time, we can take action to reverse the degradation of ecosystems worldwide. In the latest Q&A in our Griffith researchers series, Dr Ed Morgan, of the Cities Research Institute, discusses his research in developing landscape planning for ecosystem-based climate change adaption and forest protection. Read more.

  • What is a healthy economy? Hear from Dr Jean Spinks
    In another of our ongoing researcher profile series, Dr Jean Spinks, a health economist, pharmacist, health systems researcher and Research Fellow at the Centre for Applied Health Economics, talks about her research on the integration of medication and medication services in primary health care. She says: "Sometimes I find that a setback ends up being an opportunity in disguise, a chance to think about a problem from another angle." Read more about Jean and her work.

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