Researcher Connect: Digital tools & skills showcase

Wednesday 28 August 2019


A one day event connecting University of Melbourne researchers with digital tools and services.

Wednesday 28 August 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Graduate Student Association (GSA Building) | 1888 Building

Join us to discover all your digital research and skills support services on campus! Attend taster classes covering tools, find out about available digital platforms plus connect with your research support professionals. Whether you are currently involved in research or new to it, this event is for you!

Shape of the day:

  • Lighting talks on virtual reality and big data curation for health research
  • Taster classes in digital tools to work smarter
  • Sessions on reference management, copyright literacy, Virtual Reality for research, Open Science, data curation and more!
  • Meet the experts showcase – booths in Gryphon Gallery
  • Free coffee vouchers will be provided!
  • Lunch vouchers for the first 100 pre-registered attendees
  • Vote for your favourite Visualise Your Thesis entry


Concurrent Lightning Talks & Res Pitches

Lightning Talks (Pierre Gorman Room)Res Pitches (FLMR)
10:00  - 10:30 AM

RefMan Slam – whose side are you on?

Gain a quick, comparative overview of the reference management platforms: EndNote, Mendeley and Zotero to help decide the best tool for your research.

Presenters: Kristijan Causovski (Senior Librarian, Bibliographic Reference Management) and Christina Ward (Melbourne Law School Library)

Whython? Python

Instead of coding our theses (you can do that later!), we will use it to win a game show instead!

Presenter: Jon Garber
11:00 - 11:30 AM

Big data curation to enhance health and biomedical research

Health and biomedical researchers are actively advocating the benefits of curating heterogenous data sources to improving decision making. Priyanka will talk about current practices, policies and guidelines in curating data in health research and also present exemplars that demonstrate the benefits of data curation.

Presenters: Priyanka Pillai (Research Data Steward)

Introduction to MATLAB

Take your first steps with MATLAB and explore 3D plotting of ocean waves.

Presenter: Alicia Takbash
12:00 - 12:30 PM

Open science: how open do you need to be?

Learn about the benefits of open science and how to choose the right level of openness for your research, including what platforms are available for publishing data at the University and what choices they provide with regards to how open you make your data.

Presenters: Dr. Lyle Winton, Peter Neish & Gene Melzack

Data Analysis using R/RStudio

From data to publication: A swift ride.

Presenters: Pablo Franco
1:00 - 1:30 PM

Going global: the case of the European Open Science Cloud

This session will provide an overview of the EOSC, outlining the governance structure, current activities and objectives for presenting a minimum viable platform by end 2020. Work within the RDA to ensure global alignment of open science commons will also be presented.

Note: This session will run until 1:45

Presenter: Sarah Jones, Associate Director: Digital Curation Centre (UK)

Introduction to Nvivo

Learn how you can use Nvivo in your Research

Presenter: Alex Shermon
2:00 - 2:30 PM

Virtual Reality at the University of Melbourne

Learn how virtual reality is currently being can be used in the classroom as well in research and training activities. Examples demonstrating various use cases will be shared as well as advice and guidance about factors to consider when developing or experiencing virtual reality learning applications.

Presenters: Ben Loveridge (Communications and Media Production Consultant, Learning Environments) and Dr. Charles Sevigny (Director of Digital Learning, School of Biomedical Sciences) 

Intro to 3D printing with TinkerCAD

A basic introduction to what 3D printing is with TinkerCAD & how it can help you as a researcher.

Presenter: Eric Jong
3:00 - 3:30 PM

Be copyright literate in 20 minutes or less: essential tips to keep your thesis compliant

The presentation emphasises the importance of copyright as part of the digital skillset required to be a successful researcher in all disciplines.  It also aims to condense and communicate the requirements for research higher degree students in submitting their thesis in an easily digestible, straightforward and engaging format.

Presenter: Wilfred Villareal (Liaison Librarian, Science and Engineering)

Report your Research with Beautiful Documents using LaTeX

Determine whether LaTeX is for you; typeset an article in LaTeX and learn how to insert graphics.

Presenter: Meirian Lovelace Tozer

Meet the experts showcase

10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Come and talk to University Digitisation Services (UDC) staff about: digitisation services, OCR, photogrammetry, 3D visualization tools, and wrangling your images for publication

Contact: Ben Kreunen
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Visualise Your Thesis

The International Visualise Your Thesis competition showcases graduate research, and supports the development of digital capabilities and communication skills. Find out more and vote for your favourite 2019 entrant in the University’s Viewers’ Choice Award.

Contact: Jennifer Warburton
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Cloud drop in session 

Learn more about the University’s available cloud services, which you can use in your research!

Contact: Nhat Ngo

10:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Data Storage and Management Drop in

Learn more about the University’s data storage/management services available. Meet the professionals who can help you!

Contact: Jared Winton

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Research data management advice & design, Humanities and Social Sciences informatics

Contact: Greg D’Arcy

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Systematic Review tools and services

Find out about online tools to assist with the production of a systematic review research project. Check out Covidence, Systematic Review Accelerator and Robot Search. Try using Cochrane tools for authors and users.

Contact: Lisa Kruesi, Patrick Condron, Lindy Cochrane

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

EndNote, Mendeley & Zotero: Q&A (Reference management tools)

Don’t know which program to use? Experiencing issues? Drop-in and speak to our friendly staff for advice and recommendations.

Contact: Christina Ward, Sarah Charing, David Honeybone, Kristijan Causovski

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM

High Performance Computing Drop in Session

Find out how you can speed up your research using HPC services at Unimelb!

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Research data stewardship

Drop in to find out what the Research Data Stewards are all about, what they are working on, and to talk about good practices for working with data.

Contact: Gene Melzack, Priyanka Pillai, Dr Daniel Russo-Batterham

12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Flaunt it!: effectively promoting your research & ways to track impact and engagement

Stop by to ask questions and learn more about tools such as Altmetrics and Dimensions, Setting up and managing your Online Profile (ORCID, Scopus ID, Publons ID), finding your impact metrics (SciVal, Incites), and more.

Contact: Peta Humphreys