Need to learn to code?

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Have you heard of HackyHour? No, not Happy Hour. We all know what Happy Hour is. HackyHour is kind of like that, but with coffee and code.

HackyHour is an informal drop-in session where you can learn to code, get assistance with code or find out about IT services and support available to you.

Researchers from all areas are welcome – the HackyHour staff can assist with data science from Science, Economics, Engineering, Health and more! HackyHour aims to improve your understanding and implementation of the technical aspects of research. It’s also another (fun) way to collaborate with researchers at other institutions and the community at large. Did we mention that there’s coffee?

The Griffith University HackyHour crew (Amanda MiottoHeidi Perrett and Kim Keogh) also host Software Carpentry workshops. These workshops teach you basic lab skills for scientific computing. You can attend an inexpensive class, or learn online (for free!).

Languages such as R and Python are taught at both the HackyHour sessions and the Software Carpentry workshops.

HackyHour sessions are held every Thursday at G’s Wine Bar (alternating between the Nathan and Gold Coast campus) and are absolutely free.  In addition to this, HackyHour staff will often hold free face-to-face classes, and can help you access a range of free online learning resources.




2-3pm on Thursdays
Check out the calendar here


G’s Cafe (N11) – Nathan Campus
G’s Cafe (G40) – Gold Coast Campus


To find out more about HackyHour, check out their website or email

The benefits of Open Access: join the discussion

Have you heard of Open Access Week?

If so, you already know how marvellous this initiative it. However, if you haven’t, it’s time to get schooled!  Open Access Week is an opportunity for you to learn about the potential benefits of open access, share what you’ve learned with colleagues, and to help to make open access a new norm in scholarship and research.

Of course, you want to know more. To celebrate Open Access Week, Griffith Library is hosting a panel discussion. It will focus on the 2017 theme, “Open in order to…”

Now, if you’re thinking ‘in order to what?’, then you obviously have to come along – as we’ve prepared a panel of experts to answer this question for you.

They’ll discuss their experience in open research, explore what tangible actions Griffith academics and HDR candidates can take to enhance their research and deliver social dividends, and examine how we can balance this with our research performance in ranking schemas.

You’ll also be invited to join the discussion too, as we want to hear your views and insight (hey, Griffith hired you for more than just your good looks!).

Thursday 26 October 2017  |  11:00am – 12:30pm

Refreshments to follow

Environment 1 (N55), Lecture Theatre 0.06, Nathan Campus
Videoconference: Science Engineering and Architecture (G39), Room 4.27, Gold Coast campus
Videoconference: Webb Centre (S02), Room 7.16, South Bank campus

Register here. Registration is essential and will close on Tuesday 24 October 2017.

Check out the full event website for more information.  We look forward to seeing you there!

Remember to get involved in the conversation using #OAWeek.



More events to celebrate Open Access week. 

Other universities are jumping on board to celebrate too. We’ve listed some below but you can check out all the events on the Open Access website.

Open Educational Resources: Open in order to… transform education

  • Wednesday 25 October 2017, 8:15am – 10:00am
  • The Terrace Room, Level 6, Sir Llew Edwards Building (Bldg 14), UQ, St Lucia
  • Register now

Open Access Week 2017 webinar presented by SPARC’s Heather Joseph

The Power of Open: International policy and practice

  • Friday 27 October 2017, 10am – 11:30am
  • Z-1064 (The Gibson Room), QUT, Gardens Point
  • Register now

Be visible, be open: Strategic publishing for impact 

Interactive workshops for Griffith academics, HDR, researchers only

  • Register: Wednesday 25 October 2017, 1:00pm -2:30pm, Nathan campus
  • Register: Friday 27 October 2017, 11:00am – 12:30pm, Gold Coast campus


Access primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences

Are you a social sciences or humanities researcher? Read on!

We’re sure you know: primary sources are important for research. They provide direct or firsthand evidence about an event, object, person, or work of art.

To assist with your research, over time, Griffith Library has acquired digital primary source collections for the humanities and social sciences. These include:

Eighteenth Century Journals Portal
Digitally access unique and rare 18th century journals. Eighteenth Century Journals Portal brings together rare journals printed between c.1685 and 1835, and illuminates all aspects of eighteenth-century social, political and literary life.

Mass Observation Sections I, II. III, IV
Mass Observation Online covers the original Mass Observation project, the bulk of which was carried out from 1937 until the mid-1950s, offering an unparalleled insight into everyday life in Britain during these transformative years.

Empire Online
Empire online has been developed to encourage undergraduates, postgraduates, academics and researchers to explore colonial history, politics, culture and society. Material in the collection spans five centuries, charting the story of the rise and fall of empires; from the explorations of Columbus, Captain Cook, and others, right through to de-colonisation in the second half of the twentieth century and debates over American Imperialism.

Slavery, Abolition and Justice 1490-2007
Access digital facsimiles of printed and manuscript materials relevant to trans-Atlantic slavery and abolition, as well as materials relating to slavery today, desegregation and social justice. Topics covered include the African Coast, the Middle Passage, the varieties of slave experience, religion, revolts, abolition and legislation. The facsimile documents are presented alongside contextual essays contributed by leading academics in the field. You’ll also find case studies from America, the Caribbean, Brazil, and Cuba.

Need datasets for teaching? SAGE has you covered

Are you teaching statistical analysis? Or maybe you simply want to further develop your skills in this area?

SAGE Research Methods Datasets is a collection of teaching datasets that can be used to support the teaching and independent learning of data analysis skills. They are particularly useful for practicing quantitative and qualitative analytical methods used in the social sciences.

The datasets are obtained from real research projects, but edited and cleaned for teaching purposes and usability.

Each dataset is accompanied by a short and clear description of the data, and easy to follow instructions on how to apply the research method.

SAGE also has a range of accompanying tools to support the use of these datasets. Some particularly helpful tools are:

  • Methods Map: you can explore the research methods terrain, read definitions of key terminology, and discover content relevant to your research methods journey.
  • Project Planner: this tool helps you plan out and progress through the stages of your research project. When you click on the link to the stage you are at it will give you a breakdown of the components of the stage, with links to further readings.
  • Which Stats Test: this tool helps you to narrow down the range of options for statistical testing though answering a series of questions, and help you decide on the most pertinent test for to use for your project.

Take a look at the SAGE Research Methods website for further tools and information.

Conduct your research at Westfield Garden City

Conduct your research at Westfield Garden City

Do you need to conduct a survey, focus group or other research activity that requires access to a broad cross section of the general community?

Reserve the Learning Space! The Learning Space is a community partnership between Westfield Garden City and Griffith University.

Located on level 2, Westfield Garden City, you can conduct your research in a space that gives you access to Garden City’s 17 million visitors per year.

You can reserve the Learning Space on Thursdays from 10am to 1pm to set up survey stations, focus groups or other research activities.

As this data collection point is in a shopping centre, it is better suited to research projects seeking a general demographic.

And the good news is your research activity will not go unnoticed. Learning Centre staff work with Westfield’s marketing team to promote the activities on a weekly basis.

There will be temporary signage and staff on hand to encourage potential participants to visit you in the Learning Space.

Participants will also be offered a free coffee, with no costs to you or your research team.

Apply to use the Learning Space now.

The role of data in innovation

Research data is a critical input to future research and innovation.

To optimise the value of research, its outputs (such as data, software, methods, tools and publications) must be discoverable, accessible, and linked in a way that easily facilitates use, re-use, and application.

Discoverability and access to all research outputs will create the opportunity for validation of research through reproducibility. It also provides the foundation for new areas of research, discovery and innovation.

The Australian Government is taking action to make research outputs more accessible. Released in December 2015, the Australian Government Public Data Policy Statement stipulates that Australian Government entities will:

  • make non-sensitive data open by default to contribute to greater innovation and productivity improvements across all sectors of the Australian economy;
  • where possible, make data available with free, easy to use, high quality and reliable Application Programming Interfaces (APIs);
  • make high-value data available for use by the public, industry and academia, in a manner that is enduring and frequently updated using high quality standards;
  • where possible, ensure non-sensitive publicly funded research data is made open for use and reuse

Upon the request of the Australian Government, the Productivity Commission undertook a 12-month public inquiry into Australia’s intellectual property system. The recently released report promotes a move away from data protection and towards greater data sharing.

Concurrently, the Commission launched a public inquiry into ‘data availability and use’, with a view to improving the availability and use of public and private sector data. The inquiry report is expected to be handed down in March.

The full economic potential for curating and openly sharing public research is as yet unrealised in Australia.

In a 2014 report to the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), Professor John Houghton and Dr Nicholas Gruen estimated that infrastructure and policy could unlock up to $4.9 billion per year as data becomes more usable and used.

The report shows that a relatively small investment in data policy and infrastructure could provide a significant increase in value to Australian innovation, research, and the broader economy.

Sharing research data (and spreadsheets) with the world


We all know sharing research data is important. But a whole lot of work goes into making this happen on an international scale. And that’s where the Research Data Alliance (RDA) comes in.

According to the RDA website, they are an ‘international organization focused on the development of infrastructure and community activities aimed to reduce barriers to data sharing and exchange, and promote the acceleration of data-driven innovation worldwide’.

Basically, they play an important role in developing the infrastructure that drives data sharing globally.

Experts from around the world – from academia, industry and government – are the cogs behind the RDA wheel. They come together to form Working Groups and Interest Groups to propose solutions and recommendations to facilitate data sharing or in RDA-speak, outputs.

RDA Outputs ‘are the technical and social infrastructure solutions developed by RDA Working Groups or Interest Groups that enable data sharing, exchange, and interoperability’.

But it’s not just the RDA who are dedicated to sharing. Information Services has fully embraced the concept as well.

eResearch Services, Senior Software Engineer, Kim Keogh undertook an analysis of RDA Outputs to determine which ones were suitable for Griffith to adopt. The resulting spreadsheet was shared with the RDA Organizational Assembly to help other organisations like Griffith.

And now the spreadsheet has gone international. According to eResearch Services, Director, Malcolm Wolski, the spreadsheet has been circulated far and wide. It’s even made it to Germany!

Mr Wolski said a Director at the Max Plank Institute in Germany personally thanked him for his team’s work on the RDA Outputs analysis. The Director was so impressed with the analysis, he circulated the spreadsheet around the Institute. Go team!

If you have an interest in reducing the barriers to data sharing and exchange, you should join the RDA. It is free to join the various Interest Groups and Working Groups. Griffith is also a member of the Organizational Assembly of the RDA.