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  • (2008) Wells, Andrew
    Conference Paper
    Issues in e-book developments are examined from three perspectives. First, the role and potential of e-books in the spectrum of scholarly content in electronic form is discussed. Librarians need to bring fresh thinking to e-books instead of treating them as surrogates of print versions. Second, issues facing e-book service development at the University of New South Wales Library are described in the context of use of electronic content in research and teaching. Finally, an account of consortial activities for licensing of e-books undertaken by the Council of Australian University Librarians Electronic Information Resources Committee (CEIRC) is given.

  • (2008) Amos, Howard B.; Ruthven, Tom
    Conference Paper
    Institutional repositories can be a storehouse of the research of an institution. There are many internal and external needs to find, use and report on the entirety or parts of an institution's research output. This paper examines how to harness environmental factors to make an institutional repository the central and authoritative source of the research material output of a university. How to take it from 'a place' to put research to making it 'the place' and moving it from a nice-to-have service to one with a solid, sustainable future, one that the academic community values, supports and uses rather than sees as yet another administrative burden. A key value of research material is its authoritativeness. Researchers want to be able to say 'this is my paper' or 'this is the corpus of my research'. Research organisations want to be able to say the equivalent for all their researchers. The value of this identification is not just an assertion of authorship. It is also valued because the material can be authoritatively used to feed research discovery services and e-portfolios, fulfil reporting requirements to government and funders, substantiate promotions and back-up grant applications, and assist with benchmarking academic success in any given field. There are also many other uses for a repository. The UNSWorks repository at the University of NSW will be used as a case study for this paper. The factors that can support the role of a repository as the authoritative source of research output are evaluated. The implications for interoperability with other institutional and external systems are identified, as are the resource implications and how success can be measured.

  • (2010) Frances, Maude; Riccardi, Stefania; Carlsen, Carmel; Dawson, Angela
    Conference Paper
    The paper describes and demonstrates the use of Primo as the discovery layer for a Fedora repository. Primo is an Ex Libris product designed to be a one-stop solution for discovery and delivery of resources from various sources. Fedora/Primo systems have been deployed on two UNSW eResearch projects, based on requirements of research groups in public health and social sciences. Planning has commenced for implementation of Primo on existing Fedora/VITAL systems, including MemRE (Membranes Research Environment). With the general release of Primo 3 in April 2010, VITAL will be replaced as the search and discovery layer of the institutional repository also. The presentation demonstrates KnowlHEG, an electronic gateway for Human Resources for Health (HRH) material relating to Asia and the Pacific region, which was jointly developed by the University Library and the School of Public Health and Community Medicine (SPHCM) at UNSW. Primo provides the user interface, search functionality and persistent URLs on a Fedora repository. The paper describes and demonstrates the use of Primo as the discovery layer for a Fedora repository. Primo is an Ex Libris product designed to be a one-stop solution for discovery and delivery of resources from various sources. Primo gathers and normalises records from multiple systems. A ‘pipe’ is configured for each data source.

  • (2008) Di Muro, David; Saunders, Elizabeth
    Conference Paper
    The advent of Web2.0 technology has sparked the development of various new forms of interaction that are being increasingly used by students and researchers in universities. Beyond commercially hyped social networks, the development of Virtual Research Environments is taking place around the world. University libraries, like any other service provider, risk becoming increasingly irrelevant if they do not respond to changing user needs. In order to continue effectively supporting the research process, and to demonstrate the value a library adds to an academic institution, university libraries need to be aware of how Web 2.0 technologies are changing the ways that researchers’ carry out their work. Indications are that these new networks will become commonplace in the next few years, drastically affecting the way researchers work and communicate with each other. The development of these environments presents an opportunity and a challenge to libraries – how do we position our content and services so that we can continue in our mission of supporting the research process? This paper reviews current VRE projects, and data of academic use of technology, including web2.0 and multimedia, and identifies possible ways in which the modern library can use these new technologies in order to position library content and services within Virtual Research Environments.

  • (2010) Amos, Howard; Frances, Maude; Ruthven, Tom
    Conference Paper
    Research data management in libraries in the past focused on the published output at the end of the research cycle. We are now of the age of data driven scholarship. E-scholarship (not just e-science) is predicated on data organisation, management, use and reuse. We now need to become more involved with the management (describing and making accessible) of research data itself. To support our researchers we must understand what services are needed to support e-research. This paper presents the findings of a research study of data usage, creation and sharing within different research communities at UNSW. The study identifies emerging data usage and management needs within the e-research life cycle of diverse research communities. Comparison is made with the outcomes of other studies that have examined e-researcher work practices in relation to their data. The paper examines the findings to understand what role researchers see libraries having, and discusses the development of a framework that libraries can use to support the curation and management of data, and the development of tools and library support services that can be used across disciplines. The study addressed the following: • What are the existing data use, storage and sharing practices of academics at UNSW? • What are the differences and similarities between disciplines andfields of research? • What are the differences between project types (e.g.multidisciplinary, cross institutional)? Using a mixed-methods research design, data from focus groups was used to construct an online survey followed by interviews with selected survey participants to extend and provide in-depth understandings of data from the survey. The study was carried out by the Library Repository Services unit (LRS) which was established in 2007. Initially charged with designing and building the UNSW institutional repository, LRS now leads the Library’s research data management services and contributes to the University’s e-research coordinating group. LRS services support the library as a partner and collaborator in the e-research space where the description, management, use and reuse of data in all its forms (primary, secondary, interpreted, analysed and published) is provided.

  • (2009) Croucher, Joanne L.; Sidhunata, Harry R.; Chen, Ruozhuo; Frances, Maude
    Conference Paper
    The Citation Builder application enables the display of dynamic lists of publications on academic webpages, based on data from a Fedora repository. Developed at the University Library, University of New South Wales in 2008, Citation Builder was funded within the ARROW (Australian Research Repositories Online to the World) Project. Open access Institutional Repositories (IRs) are storing increasing quantities of publication metadata. By enabling the repurposing of this information, Citation Builder reduces the time and effort involved in data-entry and maintenance of publication lists. Once bibliographic details have been added to the IR, citations can be automatically created and displayed on external websites, such as an academic's personal homepage or a faculty publications webpage. The initial version of Citation Builder software was written using PHP technology. The Java-based Version 2 is Open Source and available via Google Code: http://code.google.com/p/unswlibrary/downloads/list When embedded in an external webpage, Citation Builder uses the latest data in the repository to dynamically generate formatted citations. The application can be readily implemented by web administrators, and does not require any knowledge of programming. At the client side, two files are uploaded and a few lines inserted into the HTML. Editing this HTML enables publications to be selected for display based on specific criteria, for example, all publications by a particular author, or all PhD theses completed within a particular department of the University. There are two display options: the Publications List and the Search Script. The former generates a list of matching publications. The Search Script displays query boxes which enable searches within the specified set of publications, with results displayed as formatted citations. In both display options, publication titles can be hyperlinked to matching objects in the repository. Citation Builder has been designed to be highly configurable. For example, other Fedora repositories could configure the application to fetch the relevant descriptive metadata from Fedora (e.g. Dublin Core; MODS). While Harvard is the default citation style, the XSL could also be modified to display citations in other styles. By integrating an institutionally-managed repository service with school and faculty-based websites, Citation Builder directly supports existing scholarly communication practices of the University research community.

  • (2009) Cox, Shane; Frances, Maude; Croucher, Joanne; Sidhunata, Harry; Leslie, Greg
    Conference Paper
    The Membrane Research Environment (MemRE) is a component research infrastructure project of the Advanced Membrane Technologies for Water Treatment Research Cluster, a research project funded by the CSIRO flagship Water for a Healthy Country. The research cluster, a nationally distributed and multidisciplinary group of researchers including computational and physical chemists, physicists, material scientists, and chemical and mechanical engineers, aims to develop novel membrane materials in order to reduce the energy associated with desalination by 40%. Common hurdles in multidisciplinary research projects include: a lack of consolidation of existing information relevant to the research from all the participating fields; an absence of information infrastructure to promote comparison of results; and the need for a common language to better enable project participants to communicate. MemRE has been designed and implemented as a solution to these hurdles, to provide an integrated research development tool and learning environment.

  • (2009) Frances, Maude; Croucher, Joanne L.
    Conference Paper
    The paper draws on a case study of Australian social and policy research in HIV and hepatitis C. With reference to philosophical and functional considerations, it presents a research infrastructure project designed to support a national problem-based research program comprising partners and stakeholders from various health and social science disciplines, government and community-based organisations, and affected communities..

  • (2009) Frances, Maude; Croucher, Joanne
    Conference Paper
    The paper outlines a model for eResearch infrastructure designed to support collaborative and problem-based research comprising partners and stakeholders from various disciplines as well as government, industry and community-based organisations. Its implementation on a Fedora-based repository system which aggregates, stores, articulates relationships between, and disseminates resources associated with Australian social science research in HIV and related diseases is demonstrated. The model has been developed to bridge the gap between eResearch infrastructure capabilities and established collaborative research practice in various disciplinary fields. Underpinning the design is the proposition that eResearch facilities will be optimally used if they fit seamlessly with existing workflows and practices of researchers, and that alignment of research with policy and practice is best achieved if collaborators are able to access and share resources in a timely and efficient manner. The open Fedora-based repository contains metadata and digital objects for research and policy publications, conference presentations, health promotion campaign resources and media reportage relating to Australian social and policy research in HIV and related diseases. The presentation provides an overview of the content model, including methods for identifying and displaying relationships and for aggregating material in the repository. The implementation outlined in the paper advances significant Australian social and policy research by providing an integrated research facility for the curation, sharing, re-use and exchange of resources required by academic, government and community-based partners throughout the research process..

  • (2010) Cole, Fletcher; Cox, Shane; Frances, Maude
    Conference Paper
    An opportunity to explore the topic of data usages is presented by the collaborative research being undertaken by a federation of applied science research units affiliated with a number of different Australian research organizations (the Cluster). The research aims to investigate how members of the collaboration understand and work with data in their day-to-day practice.