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APO now has a Table Top Scribe System for digitising hardcopy resources

APO is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Table Top Scribe System.

In partnership with the Internet Archive, APO will soon call for expressions of interest from individuals or organisations that wish to utilise this equipment to digitise hardcopy material. Resources will then be hosted by both APO and the Internet Archive.

If you think you might like to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity, stay tuned for more updates over the coming weeks.

Migration of URLs (Uniform Resource Locators) to permanent URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) on APO

This New Year we are making the change to permanent URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) to support long-term persistence for finding resources on APO.

All resources held by APO will be found via permanent URIs (Uniform Resource Identifiers) from 1 January 2017.

For accuracy, we advise that APO readers should update your bookmarks, links and publication references to the new URIs however all previously existing alias URLs will also be redirected to the URIs.

Here's an example:

APO Top Tens 2016

Once again we've compiled lists of the most viewed resources on APO for the year overall and in our eight main subject areas.  Check them out to see if your report is one of these or for some summer reading alternatives.  Don't be coy about reading hard hitting quality policy research on the beach.  And please let us know if you meet like minded souls with equally weighty pdfs in hand.

2016 Year in Review: ARC and ANDS projects

2016 has been an exciting year for APO with two major projects in progress as well as our ever expanding range of collections and services. There is so much to tell I will break up my report into a few posts - this one is on our ARC and ANDS projects. 

Thanks for a great 2016 from all at APO


2016 has been a big year for APO and we would like to take the opportunity to give a huge thank you to all our readers, authors, contributors, publishers and content sources, advertisers, collection partners and sponsoring organisations and collaborators. In particular we would like to thank the Australian Research Council and the Australian National Data Service for infrastructure grants provided this year and our major partners Swinburne University of Technology, the University of South Australia, RMIT University, the University of Canberra, the Henry Halloran Trust, Victoria University of Wellington, and ANZSOG for their continued support.

This year we have launched 10 new collections, posted over 4000 resources, had 1145 new contributors register to the site, developed a new linked database structure and commissioned a new visual design and logo (to be launched early next year), expanded to 11 staff (many part-time) across two countries, hosted interns and benefitted from the generous contribution of volunteers.

2017 is our 15 year anniversary and we are looking forward to celebrating with all the friends of APO across Australia, New Zealand and internationally. Our door is always open so we look forward to working with you again in 2017 and wish you all best wishes for the festive season and a happy new year. 

For a detailed report on our activities for the year read our annual review and for updates subscribe to our new APO News monthly email newsletter which will be starting in 2017. 

The APO team


Celebrating International Volunteer Day - 5 December 2016

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On International Volunteer Day APO gives thanks once again to the terrific volunteers who have graced our office this year.  Volunteers have improved APO in a number of ways from fixing metadata, to uploading new research, writing new content, designing flyers and analysing site functionality. 

In particular we thank:

Survey: using evidence in high-performance building design

The Closing the Loop research project aims to connect the wealth of evidence that exists for high-performance buildings to decision makers in the early design stages of buildings.

The purpose of this survey is to learn more about the sources of information used to make decisions in this context, the practitioners point of view regarding evidence based decision-making, and your stance regarding the application of scientific findings.

Indigenous incarceration - another new keyword collection on APO

APO has a new collection of resources on Indigenous incarceration and the overrepresentation of Aboriginal Australians in the criminal justice system.  This keyword collection begins with an introduction by APO intern, Monica La Macchia, citing many of the resources gathered in the collection.