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.

A quick Q&A with Bojana Spasojevic Sijacki

School of Engineering and Built Environment lecturer in aviation Bojana Spasojevic Sijacki discusses early career research and what it’s like the be the youngest lecturer in her School and only female lecturer in aviation.

1. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
As I grew up watching travel documentary shows from a very early age, I knew I wanted to do something related to travel. In the first instance, I thought I would like to be a tour guide. Later while studying tourism management, I had a dream to become the Minister of Tourism. In the end, I realised that aviation management is my real passion.

2. Tell us about a previous job (work experience/volunteer work) that you’ve had.
Before joining Griffith University as a PhD candidate in 2015, I had been working as a tour guide and a researcher for the Ministry of Education in Serbia. My first job at Griffith was as a Research Assistant, where I conducted research in few separate tourism and airport-related projects. One of my favourite projects is the one we conducted for Brisbane Airport Corporation on Passengers’ travel patterns, where I could successfully join my tourism and aviation research skills.

3. Which 3 apps do you use the most on your mobile device?
LinkedIn to stay connected with all important professionals and get aviation industry updates, Gmail not to miss any of the work emails and Spotify to listen to music.

4. Which 5 celebrities would you invite to your ultimate dinner party?
This would be an interesting mix of people, and I am not sure how good it would be to put together businessman, scientists and academics, but as this is the imaginary ultimate dinner party, here is my list:

  • Nikola Tesla – He is the most famous Serbian scientist, and I admire his work.
  • Mihailo Pupin – Another successful Serbian scientist who also wrote my favourite book, From Immigrant to Inventor.
  • Mileva Maric Einstein – One of the first female Serbian scientists, unfortunately, known only as Albert Einstein’s wife.
  • Richard Branson – Business magnate and inventor, the owner of ‘Virgin’ brand, who could teach us all how to make some profit in the aviation industry and research.
  • Gui Lohmann – My academic supervisor and the only person who could make the above four talk to each other and have a good time.

5. Tell us about your favourite fictional character.
I don’t have one, as I am more realist person, despite the idea to invite the people who passed away in the last century to a dinner.

6. You’re the youngest lecturer in the School of Engineering and Built Environment and the only female lecturer in Aviation. How did you get where you are today?
I am a firm believer that everything is possible if you work hard for it. Thus, I had never accepted the common believes that specific jobs are not for young people or that there are areas less suitable for women. The world is changing, and we should be the change that we would like to see. If we are aiming to have more female pilots and aviation professionals, we should inspire them by giving them the chance to work with lecturers they can associate with.

7. What’s the best thing about your current role?  
Being able to do research and to teach at the same time. Conducting research is a significant job, but it gets even more valuable if at the same time you can share your experience and findings with other young people and motivate them to study and work harder.

8. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
In five years I hope to see myself as having already established research in the area of the air route development, working at the university, but with active engagement with the aviation industry network.

9. What’s been the highlight of your career so far?
The highlight of my career so far was getting my first full-time academic position.

10. You’re currently completing your PhD in air route development and stakeholder engagement. Tell us what sparked your interest in this topic and the outcomes of your research so far.
Air route development is an area that gets high industry interest but has a lack of academic research. The desire to offer useful academic resources to industry professionals was the primary motivator for choosing this topic. By doing my PhD research, I was able to leverage the current relationship Griffith Aviation has with industry partners, which will hopefully lead to some exciting joint research projects in the future.  

11. What wise advice do you have for new researchers or young academics?
This advice is mainly related to new PhD students: choose your topic and your supervisors wisely, as it is a long-term relationship. The topic will establish you as a researcher in a particular field, but the supervisors should be there to guide you on how to achieve that.

12. What’s the best resource you’ve discovered in your Griffith University Library?
Griffith University Library has multiple amazing resources that support our research on a daily basis. However, if I had to choose one it would be BONUS+ library.

13. Can you give us your 3 best research tips?

  • Prioritise your research – As a PhD candidate you will have only one job—research. Once you transition to an early career academic position, you are expected to deliver quality work in teaching, research and services. As research is the area you are the most familiar with it is easy to sacrifice the research time for the two other parts of the role.
  • Publish your work as early as possible – Some PhD candidates will spend three or four years researching and writing before they show the work to anyone. I do not see this as a good strategy. Publishing your work early in your PhD candidature will not only give you the chance to receive timely feedback, but also to grow as an independent researcher.
  • Make a work-life balance – Being a successful researcher and lecturer is what we aim for, but make sure to have in mind that there is a world outside academia as well. Spending some quality time with friends and family, playing sports or having a hobby could help your work productivity.

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.

The InCites database upgrade is sure to excite!

If you’re involved in research (and we think that’s most of you!), you’ll be stoked with the recent upgrade to the InCites database.

Clarivate Analytics is committed to continually improving the InCites platform and broadening the assessment of citation impact.

As part of that, it has expanded the database to include the full Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI) dataset, including the backfile.

This ensures that you are able to base your evaluative decisions on the full Web of Science Core Collection dataset.

The addition of ESCI data into InCites includes access to:

  • 7,200+ journals
  • Over 2.2 million records
  • Coverage from 2005 to the present.

Benefits include the ability to:

  • Apply, identify, and deliver more by including ESCI data in your analysis.
  • Apply new performance baselines with ESCI to broaden understanding of citation impact globally.
  • Identify new collaboration opportunities through content identified as important to funders, evaluators, and key opinion leaders around the globe.
  • Deliver compelling new insights to assess both regional and global research performance.

Did you know we’re on Twitter?

Are you on Twitter? Ermahgerd, what a coincidence… we are too.

Are you thinking what we’re thinking? You should totally follow us. We’re @GriffithLibrary, FYI.

While our Insight newsletter here is full of useful (and fun!) information which may go into a little more depth, our Twitter page is great for getting a quick snapshot of info.

Want to know about what workshops are coming up? Library events? Research developments? Cyber safety tips? Fun stories? Additions to our library resources?

We’ve got it all, and more. Make sure to tag us in your tweets (@GriffithLibrary) to keep us updated with what’s going on in your research or your field. We may even retweet you and increase your reach.

So, if you’re a fellow Twitter user—come on over and follow us.

And if you’re not a Twitter user, why not consider joining? It’s a great way to stay on top of information!