Learn and engage with open data

Open Data Institute

Open data is data that is made available by organisations, businesses and individuals for anyone to access, use and share. It has the power to transform and create a better future for everyone.

The Open Data Institute (ODI) Queensland aims to connect, equip and inspire Australians to innovate with data. Established in December 2014, ODI Queensland’s mission is to catalyse open data for the benefit of everyone.

Do you want to be a part of the open data movement? Attend these Open Data Institute (ODI) Queensland events in June.

ODI Connect – Queensland Globe
Thursday 15 June 2017, 4:30-6pm
Stair Stadium, The Precinct:  Level 2, TCB, 315 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley

Steve Jacoby, Executive Director, Land and Spatial Information, Department of Natural Resources and Mines will share cutting edge insights into the new features of Queensland Globe, one of Queensland’s most inspirational examples of the power of open data. Augmented reality and virtual reality will be used to show the ways in which data can be combined and synthesised for use in the real world. Bring your device and be part of a live demonstration using the HoloLens! Register now.

Data to drive innovation and advance business
Friday 16 June 2017, 9-12pm
The Precinct, Level 2, TCB, 315 Brunswick St, Fortitude Valley.

The Queensland Government has asked us to help identify high-value government data sets in key industry areas: agriculture, tourism, mining, construction, education and training, technology and research, health and justice. This is a golden opportunity for you to let the Queensland Government know which of its public data will deliver most value if published. Come and have your say! Register now.

Rolling timetables – How does it impact you?


Roll out the red carpet! The rolling class timetable is arriving in 2018. That’s right, class timetables will start to be rolled from year to year.

This means that the timetable you have in Trimester 1 2018 will be based on the timetable you have in Trimester 1 2017.

And the timetable you have in Trimester 1 2019, will be based on the timetable you have in Trimester 1 2018. And so on…

Currently, a new timetable is scheduled for each Trimester. This is a very time-consuming task for everyone –  Academic staff, Administrative staff in the Groups as well as the Exams and Timetabling team.

So we’ve streamlined the process and will roll the timetable instead of recreating it each Trimester.

How does this impact you? Well, you can plan ahead. Since your teaching timetable will, in the majority of cases, be the same as your previous timetable, you’ll be able to organise child care and other appointments in advance.

In addition, you’ll no longer need to complete the Course Timetable Requirements online data collection forms (CTR) every Trimester, unless your requirements have changed. Timetabling requirements for new courses will continue to be collected in the same way.

You will no longer be asked to indicate your availability to teach.  Indicating Staff Unavailability will only be required for those who have genuine constraints and will now require the approval of the Dean (Academic), which will be granted in exceptional circumstances only.

For more information, visit the Streamlining Timetable Project web page or register to attend an Information Session. The sessions will be conducted in the last week of June. Registrations now open.

Let’s hangout!

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Does your Google Talk look a little different?

That’s because it’s not Google Talk anymore! Google announced they are phasing out Google Talk and replacing it with Google Hangouts.

So, we updated to Google Hangouts on Tuesday 30 May. Yes, that’s right. You’ve actually been using Google Hangouts for just over a week.

Here’s what’s changed:

  • Your Chat interface is now a Hangout session
  • Some of your existing chat contact list may be deleted, however contacts will re-populate in Hangouts when you start a new chat with someone.
  • Status availability has also been modified to allow you to share your status by typing a message (i.e. In a meeting or Currently on leave).

So, next time you want to chat, lets Hangout instead!

Update your reading lists in time for Trimester 2

Conveners, it’s that time again! Check your reading lists are ready for the start of Trimester 2!

If a digitised reading is required for Trimester 2, then simply re-request it by selecting Request Digitisation.

The How-To-Guide on Digitisation shows the four easy steps required when requesting or re-requesting a digitised book chapter or journal article.

Do you have a Trimester 1 Course Reading that is not appearing in Trimester 2? Here’s what you need to do:

  • Go to the Trimester 1 Reading List
  • Click on the title of the Reading
  • Click Add to My Bookmarks
  • Go into your Trimester 2 Reading List.  The Reading should appear at the top of your list
  • Drag it into your Trimester 2 course

The Add to My Bookmarks button is a useful tool also if you are looking after multiple courses. It means you only have to bookmark a resource once.

What’s new with the Statistics Portal?

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The Office of Planning Services is excited to announce that they are upgrading the Planning and Statistics Portal (PSP) to new technology.

The upgrade will provide you with enhanced navigation, increased functionality and the ability to access and create new reports on the go.

Since the PSP’s launch in 2012, you have been able to access a range of student and staff data, KPI and benchmarking data to address your reporting needs.

As the demand for information increases, the Office of Planning Services wants your experience to be one where you can easily find statistics and data.

A wide representation of professional and academic staff recently attended the focus groups that were held on the Nathan and Gold Coast campuses.

The Office of Planning Services held these focus groups to ensure that your needs are incorporated into the new design. Thank you to those who attended!

Watch this space for more exciting news on the upgrade soon! Contact the BI team on x53706 or bi-info@griffith.edu.au if you have any questions.

eResearch wins first and second place in Auckland

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Congratulations to our eResearch Services team who won first and second place at The Higher Education Technology Agenda (THETA) conference in Auckland recently.

Media Production Team Leader, Eva Czaran and Director, Malcolm Wolski took out first place for ‘Best Paper’ for their paper, Media Content in Research Data Management Plans.

The paper focuses on the work, and subsequent review, of a new service offered by the Media Production team.  It has been designed to encourage researchers to tell their research stories in a visual format.

Second place went to Griffith Criminology Institute Professor Mark Finnane and Business Analyst, Michael McGuinness for their paper on Enabling Better Data Discovery of Records Across Archives, Institutions and Libraries.

In their presentation, and accompanying paper, they discussed how the Prosecution Project and Griffith University are working collaboratively with archival institutions such as the Queensland State Archives and the Tasmanian Archive and Heritage Office to enable better access to archival data.

THETA is a high-level forward-looking conference, held every two years, with the aim of advancing higher education by promoting the intelligent use of information technology.

According to one of our presenters, Michael McGuinness, THETA is ‘a way to learn about technical changes and advancements with IT.’

Michael thoroughly enjoyed the conference and found the range of topics really diverse.

‘I got a lot of value out of the Tips and Tricks for Speakers run by Maggie Eyre. Maggie spoke in great detail about how to tell stories to make for a more memorable presentation,’ he said.

It was also a good opportunity to network. The conference ‘was a great way to see what’s new and connect with other colleagues at different uni’s and see what they are up to’.

‘I really enjoyed the networking events, with the gala dinner being the best of these for me. You could not get me off the dance floor!’ said Michael.

Check out the eResearch Services web page to find out how they can help you.

Our first Human Library was a success!

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Nathan campus library hosted our very first Human Library event on Wednesday 24 May 2017 and it was a huge success!

Human Library is a worldwide movement promoting equity and diversity. It is about providing a safe space and building a positive framework for conversations that can challenge stereotypes and prejudices through dialogue.

People get labelled, it is about taking those labels, tearing them apart and hearing the story behind the person. It is about having open and honest conversations that can lead to greater acceptance, tolerance and social cohesion in the community.

We provided 20 Human Books to borrow, all with different ‘labels’, from Activist and Adopted to Muslim and Refugee. Readers were able to borrow a book for a 15-minute slot. They asked questions, and listened, recognising that the Human Book is not just a label, but they had a story to tell. They are so much more.

We hoped to provide a space to enable social and cultural connection between people, while recognising our differences.

We recognise that no ‘book’ ever has a single story, and our identities are complex. We do not want to ‘interpret’ our books: we want our ‘human books’ to ‘speak for themselves’, and to tell their own stories.

Staff and students came to borrow a ‘human book’ and went away feeling empowered through conversation, with the desire to continue to confront stereotypes and discrimination.

One of our books said: ‘I got to meet interesting people who also had interesting stories. I got to dispel a few myths and provide a few insights. My favourite part was interacting with my Readers – their questions were genuine, honest and engaging’.

Our Human Library event is over for this trimester, but we want you to continue to share your stories with each other: we believe that conversations can help spark social change!

Check out some of our book’s stories on Instagram.