ResBaz 2018: A massive success!

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Research Bazaar (ResBaz) is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy and tools emerging at the centre of modern research.

This year, Griffith University hosted ResBaz at its South Bank Campus, over 6 – 8 June. The event brought together 257 attendees from various fields including 11 different universities, two research institutes, Government and State Library.

The three-day event comprised seventeen workshops, as well as information stalls, catered morning tea and lunch daily, local groups and presentations from eight engaging and innovative speakers.

One of the highlights of the conference was the Knowledge for All event—read all about it here.

ResBaz 2018 helped empower researchers from all career stages and disciplines with the digital skills required to do their research easier, faster and smarter.

The attendees enjoyed the food, collaboration, location and new knowledge they gained over the course of the event. Some comments include:

  • ‘One of the best things I’ve seen and experienced at #ResBazBris is that while there are experts and helpers, there is a lot of collaboration and helping between attendees, too. It’s great to see the building of community, with everyone helping support the learning of others!’  – Kylie Burgess
  • ‘I’ve learnt so much today at #ResBazBris and what a perfect way to finish than to enjoy the view from Southbank’s colourful lit up dome.’ – Maria Nguyen
  • ‘My kind of festival! Attending the #ResBazBris and building my knowledge bank for research!’ – Kat Campbell

If you missed out on attending ResBaz 2018, you can catch up on all the action through the ResBaz Twitter story (ResBaz, start to finish, as it rolled throughout the three days on Twitter). Then watch out for the 2019 event!

ResBazBris 2018 was proudly sponsored by Griffith University, Office of Digital Solutions. All photographs by Dr Nick Hamilton CC BY 3.0 AU.

What can you do in July to become a better researcher?


You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Week 1 (9 – 15 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 09/07 10.00 am EndNote N53 1.50 Nathan

Week 2 (16 – 22 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 17/07 10.00 am Publishing trap G11 3.60 Gold Coast
Thu 19/07 1.00 pm Online research survey tool N53 1.50 Nathan
Fri 20/07 1.00 pm Managing information resources and literature review strategies S07 2.16 South Bank

Week 3 (23 – 29 July)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Wed 25/07 10.00 am Endnote G10 2.04 Gold Coast
Fri 27/07 10.00 am Publishing trap N53 1.51 Nathan

Week 4 (30 July – 5 August)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Tue 31/07 10.00 am University expectations for HDR writers N53 1.51 Nathan
Tue 31/07 11.15 am What writing skills do you have for a thesis? N53 1.51 Nathan
Fri 03/08 10.00 am Managing your research data G10 2.04 Gold Coast

Knowledge for all: our open access event was a massive success

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Last month, on Friday 8 June, researchers and university staff from across Brisbane gathered at the Ship Inn, South Bank to listen attentively to five early researchers talk about Knowledge for All: Designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.

This is the topic for Open Access Week 2018, which will be held in October—as we are in the Southern Hemisphere, we decided to get the discussion rolling earlier.

Professor Ginny Barbour from the Australasian Open Access Support Group facilitated the speakers and panel discussion.

Antony Ley, our university Information Policy Officer, told us that the biggest take away for him was the passion these speakers had for the open sharing of research and knowledge. He provided us with brief snapshots of the speakers’ presentations:

University of Queensland’s Dr Loic Yengo Dimbou (Postdoctoral ResearchFellow, Institute for Molecular Bioscience)
Dr Dimbou examined the interesting practice of posting of pre-prints online for open peer review before publication.  Watch this space, as I think we will see more of this happening.

University of Queensland and Griffith University’s Dr Jo Pauls (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Prince Charles Hospital Northside Clinical Unit Faculty of Medicine)
It was interesting to see how this Open Heart project (which has been supported by Griffith) for open research into a Heart Pump for use across developing nations has progressed and morphed.  Dr Pauls is now moving to the idea of open educational resources to upskill the knowledge of researchers in this area, so they can better communicate to each other about the research across the globe.

Griffith University’s Dr Eric Cavalcanti (Senior Lecturer, Centre for Quantum Dynamics, School of Natural Sciences)
Dr Cavalcanti spoke about the OA journal Quantum of which he is an editor.  It is interesting that the journal holds only the metadata of the articles which are linked to from elsewhere.

QUT’s Jessica Stevens (PhD candidate, Faculty of Law)
Jessica is a passionate researcher and advocate of open educational resources as a means of facilitating change. Interestingly, in comparison to other countries, Australia is lagging behind in the government support of these.

QUT’s Anisa Rowhani-Farid (PhD student at the Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation)
Anisa is passionate about data publication and sharing.  She shared her research into the incentives (such as Badges) that encourage the sharing of data, particularly in the health and medical areas.

This event was part of Research Bazaar 2018 (ResBaz), which was hosted by Griffith University. Many thanks for Jenny Jo who, supported by Antony Ley, did much of the organisation.

Women in Technology Gala Dinner

Did you know that you can get a free corporate membership to Women in Technology (WiT) if you’re a Griffith staff member or student.

Women in Technology (WiT) is a not-for-profit organisation that aims to advance, connect and empower women in technology and life science.

It’s not just for women, but also men who are supportive of creating an equal workforce for women in STEM.

WiT run events throughout the year and have development programs including mentoringBoard readiness and the Step Up program—designed to help women ‘step up’ in their career.

They also have annual awards. Did you nominate anyone this year? Do you want to see who the leading women in technology are?

WiT invite you to join them to celebrate the achievements of amazing women working in technology and life sciences at their 21st Annual WiT Awards Gala Dinner.

  • Where: RNA Showgrounds, Bowen Hills
  • When: 6 pm, Friday 14 September
  • Cost: student – $135, member – $165, corporate table (10 guests) – $1500
  • Register online

Tickets include entry, canapes and drinks on arrival, a three-course dinner, beverages and tea and coffee.

Griffith Sciences, in partnership with the Office of Digital Solutions, is a proud sponsor of WiT. If you’re interested in joining WiT, simply email Lynette Farquhar who will process your membership.

Trimester 2 orientation activities for your students

While you’re preparing to start a new year of trimesters and teaching, we have a new influx of students preparing to start the university experience.

To help, the library is offering a range of orientation activities to ease their transition into uni-life. These include:

Earlybird workshops

We are running workshops across all campuses on:

  • writing university assignments
  • getting started on an ePortfolio with PebblePad
  • researching and referencing for your assignments.

Orientation tours

These 15 minute tours run throughout O Week at each Griffith library and give students an opportunity to see what’s where and how it all works. We also have online virtual tours for students who miss the on-campus library tours.

Market days

You’ll find our Griffith Library team at each campus Market Day, ready and willing to share everything we know about Library and IT at Griffith. We’ll be able to help students:

  • set up their Wi Fi
  • navigate the Griffith Uni app
  • access workshops to get uni-ready.

Find out more information on the Library’s orientation activities at the Library Orientation webpage.

Book a library specialist to present a workshop to your students

Our research and referencing, academic literacy and digital literacy specialists can be booked to present in-class or online workshops for your students. To do so, simply complete the online request form.

Creative minds wanted for Hackathon

Students working on laptop

Griffith University is hosting its second Hackathon event on the weekend 4 – 5 August 2018 at the Gold Coast Campus Library.

The Hackathon is a free event and open to all Griffith students. During this 30-hour long event, Griffith students have the opportunity to design, develop and showcase a mobile application that would greatly improve their student life with the chance to win some great prize money:

  • $2,000 – Winning Team
  • $1,000 – Runner-Up Team
  • $500 –  Best User Interface Design

At the Hackathon, students will transform an idea into a real product, giving them the opportunity to showcase their existing skills and acquire new practical skills.

We are encouraging all students thriving on creativity and collaboration to register for this event.

While we are definitely looking for students with coding skills, teams will also require, for example, expertise in marketing, graphic design, project management.

Do you know students who could be interested in this event? Please feel free to spread the word and direct them to the Hackathon website.

Registrations will be open until 5pm Friday 20 July 2018.

What can you do in June to become a better researcher?


You can attend our series of Higher Degree Research (HDR) Workshops. They are targeted to support you through all stages of the research lifecycle.

All staff and students are welcome to attend these workshops but preference will be given to HDR candidates. Once you have registered you will receive an email confirmation, please select add to the calendar.

Study Week (4 – 10 June)

Date Time Workshop Location Campus
Mon 04/06 1.00 pm Improving writing quality before submission G10 2.25 Gold Coast
Wed 06/06 10.00 am Editing your writing L03 3.05 Logan
Fri 08/06 10.00 am Editing your writing G10 2.25 Gold Coast