Linked Data PolicyHub Stage II: Urban and Regional Planning, Infrastructure and Communications

APO has been awarded infrastructure funding through the 2016 round of the Australian Research Council LIEF project (Linkage Infrastructure and Equipment) to develop Stage II of our Linked Data capabilities.

Linked Data PolicyHub Stage II: Urban and Regional Planning, Infrastructure and Communications will support researchers to access and analyse organised collections of diverse documents and datasets from the policy information ecosystem.

This is our largest grant to date and builds on the existing investments in open access knowledge infrastructure to develop key collections of policy documentation and data and new tools for problem solving and analysis. By enabling efficient universal access to historical and archived policy material the project aims to provide critical research infrastructure that supports innovative and applied approaches to Australian public policy research.

The Linked Data Stage II project (LDP II) brings together 11 investigators from 5 universities, Swinburne, RMIT, Canberra, Melbourne and Sydney, and two partner organisations, the Australian and New Zealand School of Government, and the Internet Archive, to develop linked, open access collections of resources to support policy related research (see a full list below of researchers and organisations below).

The project aim is to support the diverse and increasingly complex information needs of researchers working on a spectrum of intersecting problems comprising urban and regional infrastructure, planning, community development, sustainability, climate change, communications, access to information, public administration and social innovation. Due to the interdisciplinary nature of these fields, the project will also benefit researchers working in areas such as health, education, Indigenous issues, national security, economics, law and environmental science.

LDP II will support research in these and related areas by creating curated collections (PolicyHubs) of born-digital and digitised resources, providing linked, contextual metadata for understanding the relationships between resources, actors and organisations, and by developing the tools and functionality to support a range of traditional and emerging digital research methods. The open access knowledge infrastructure created will allow not only the CIs but researchers across the community to find, access, analyse and interrogate policy research and the wider policy context in new and innovative ways.

Partner organisations

Swinburne Institute for Social Research, and the Department of Applied Statistics, Swinburne University of Technology

AURIN, University of Melbourne

Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra

Henry Halloran Trust, and the Media and communications Department, University of Sydney

Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)

Internet Archive (US)

 

Investigators

Prof Julian Thomas, Director, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology

CI Newton is Research Professor in Sustainable Urbanism at Swinburne University

Assoc Prof Ellie Rennie, Deputy Director, Swinburne Institute for Social Research, Swinburne University of Technology

Assoc. Professor Denny Meyer is in Applied Statistics at Swinburne University

Prof Richard Sinnott is Director of eResearch and the AURIN project at the University of Melbourne

Prof Jago Dodson, Director, Centre for Urban Research, Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University

Prof Bruce Wilson is Director of the European Union Centre at RMIT University, Co-Director of the PASCAL International Observatory and RMIT’s Director of Research for Regional Development at its Hamilton site in western Victoria

Dr Ian McShane, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research, Global, Urban and Social Studies, RMIT University.

Prof Gerard Goggin, Director, Department of Media and Communications, University of Sydney

Prof Peter Phibbs, Director, Henry Halloran Trust and Chair of Urbanism, University of Sydney

Assoc. Prof Jerry Watkins, Director, News & Media Research Centre, University of Canberra

 

Project team:

Amanda Lawrence

Project manager/developer: Camilo Jorquera

Database analyst: Monica Omodei

Urban and regional curator: Anna Hyland, based at RMIT

Communications curator: Megan Deas based at University of Canberra

Politics and administration curator: Tim McCarthy, based at Swinburne University of Technology

For more information on the project contact Camilo Jorquera: cjorquera@swin.edu.au