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.


169 new titles in Oxford Scholarship Online

Forget the saying ‘less is more’. According to Kim Kardashian, Mariah Carey, Iris Apfe,  and apparently, Oxford Scholarship Online, more is more!

But instead of accessories, diva requests, makeup or mansions, Oxford Scholarship Online are going all out with eResources.

They’ve got 169 new titles in the biology, business and management, economics and finance, and mathematics collections. These collections are cross-searchable and include the full text and abstracts of classic and newly published Oxford eBooks.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Biology (2016-17; 2017-18)

33 new titles have been added in the areas of: biology; animal biology; aquatic biology; biochemistry/molecular biology; biodiversity/conservation biology; developmental biology; disease ecology/epidemiology; ecology; evolutionary biology/genetics; biomathematics/statistics and data analysis/complexity studies; microbiology; natural history and field guides; ornithology; plant science and forestry; and biotechnology.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Business & Management (2017-18)

73 new titles have been added in the areas of: business history; corporate governance and accountability; finance, accounting and banking; human resource management/industrial relations; information technology; innovation; international business; knowledge management; marketing; organization studies; pensions and pension management; political economy; public management; strategy.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Economics & Finance (2017-18)

43 new titles have been added in the areas of: South and East Asia; behavioural economics; development, growth, and environmental; econometrics; financial economics; economic history; international; macro- and monetary economics; microeconomics; public and welfare; economic systems; and history of economic thought.

Oxford Scholarship Online – Mathematics (2016-17; 2017-18)

20 new titles have been added in the areas of: applied mathematics; mathematical biology; biostatistics; mathematical finance; geometry/topology; logic/computer science/mathematical philosophy; mathematical physics; probability/statistics.


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.

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.


Ransomware: What is it and how can you avoid being hit?

Ransomware is one of the single most prevalent malware attacks at the moment, with a recent global industry report citing ransomware as accounting for as much as 40% of total malware. While the consequences can be devastating, it can easily be avoided by understanding what it is and following three simple steps to protect yourself.

What is ransomware?

Ransomware is a form of cyber-attack that installs malicious software which encrypts data on your computer or mobile device.

The hacker will then demand the ransomware payment, generally via bitcoin, in return for decrypting your files. Though, beware: there is absolutely no guarantee your files will be decrypted even if you make the payment.

How can I get ransomware?

Ransomware infections generally start with a phishing email – either containing a malicious attachment or a link to a website that contains malicious software. It’s also possible to get a ransomware infection through Instant Messaging or texts with malicious links.

What happens when I get ransomware?

Generally, your device will display a prominent message saying your files have been locked, or your data encrypted, and will provide instructions to pay a ransomware via bitcoin. The message will often threaten that recovery payment amounts will start increasing or files will be deleted in you don’t pay on time.

Even if you do pay the ransom, the decryption of files is unlikely to happen leaving either your device rendered useless or at least the data will be irrecoverable as the encryption method used is extremely strong.

How do I prevent ransomware?

While the consequences of ransomware can be very serious, fortunately the steps to protect against it are easy:

1. Preparation

Backup your information regularly. Make sure really important files are backed up to at least one other source (such as cloud, USB drive, or other secondary location). Ensure you backup your mobile phone as well.

2. Computer Security

Keep software up to date and use Anti-Virus software. Griffith University provides Symantec Endpoint Protection Anti-Virus software for free to staff and students.

3. Email Security

Be careful with email! Don’t open attachments or click on links in emails if the source of the message is unknown or suspicious. Social engineering methods operate by enticing users to click on links or open attachments, so think before you click!

What should you do if you think you’re infected?

If your device does get infected:

  • Immediately disconnect from the wired or WiFi network as well as any USB devices (this helps prevent further files your computer is connected to getting infected).
  • Don’t pay the ransomware—this is not only likely to be a waste of money but can encourage the business model for hackers, and they may target you again thinking you are vulnerable.
  • Contact the IT Service Centre.
  • Ensure your device is cleaned from the malware (this may involve wiping the entire device). Once that is done, prepare to restore files from your backups.

For more information on cyber security tips visit the Griffith University cyber security website.


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.