eResearch

eResearch is the application of advanced ICT to the practice of research. Key areas include collaboration, high performance computation, visualisation, research data management and tools. This collection is curated by AeRO –  Australasian eResearch Organisations and its many members. It will grow to include policy development and analysis, roadmaps, review submissions, issues and discussion papers, commentary, audio/video, presentations, websites and other content related to eResearch, eScience, Cyberinfrastructure, research infrastructure and similar initiatives, from across Australasia and globally.  Contributions are very welcome, and will help to grow the value of the collection. Please contact editors@apo.org.au

eResearch

Journal article

3 Apr 2018

Competitive pressure to maximize the current bibliometric measures of productivity is jeopardizing the integrity of the scientific literature. Efforts are underway to address the ‘reproducibility crisis’ by encouraging the use of more rigorous, confirmatory methods. However, as long as productivity continues to be defined by...

Journal article

1 Apr 2018

In a resource-constrained and performance-based funding environment, this article argues that communicating value, advocating for library resources, and involving the library in university initiatives has become a critical role for library leaders.

Journal article

16 Mar 2018

Based on interviews with staff members from thirteen large research universities in the United States, this paper provides a rich, qualitative description of research data curation and use practices in Institutional Repositories (IRs).

Research report

6 Mar 2018

Ever wonder if Australia was alone in spending millions of dollars on publishing meaningless data on schools? This American research argues that providing data to parents within the context of a market-driven school choice ecosystem is not an effective tool for equalizing educational opportunity, but...

Journal article

1 Mar 2018

This study explored tendencies of the world’s countries—at individual and scientific development levels—toward publishing in APC-funded open access journals. Given the reliance of the APC (Article Processing Costs) model on authors’ affluence and motivation, its affordability and sustainability have been challenged.

Briefing paper

15 Feb 2018

This brief provides an overview for Canadian university administrators of the current problematic state of scholarly journal costs, and proposes some recommendations to address the situation.

Journal article

15 Feb 2018

The 2.5% Commitment Initiative’s goal is to increase the collective investments from academic libraries towards open common infrastructure - that is, projects that provide software or services that support open scholarship.

Journal article

12 Feb 2018

This study is based on unprecedented access to senior publishers and editors, allowing insight into their strategic and operational priorities. It reports on in-depth qualitative data relating specifically to soundness-only peer review for OAMJs, shedding new light on the OAMJ phenomenon and helping inform discussion...

Journal article

12 Feb 2018

The digital revolution is unstoppable and irreversible. The speed, scope and pervasiveness of digital technologies is profound. Like every other technologydriven change, it has benefits and challenges.

Research report

9 Feb 2018

This report finds that individuals and institutions need clear guidance on the legality of archiving legacy software to ensure continued access to digital files of all kinds and to illuminate the history of technology.

Literature review

7 Feb 2018

Archiving of the web is gradually increasing, and the number of both end users and knowledgeable practitioners are growing in concert. Communities of practice are coming into existence, and the rich literature described in this report is a testament to the vitality of this new...

Report

7 Feb 2018

The preservation challenges are daunting, as are those relating to descriptive metadata to render a web resource discoverable. Descriptive Metadata for Web Archiving was prepared in response to this need.

Report

7 Feb 2018

Can web harvesting tools automatically generate descriptive metadata that supports the discoverability of archived web resources? This report seeks to outline some of the answers.

Report

5 Feb 2018

AI, robotics and other forms of smart automation have the potential to bring great economic benefits, contributing up to $15 trillion to global GDP by 2030 according to this analysis. This extra wealth will also generate the demand for many jobs, but there are also...

Journal article

1 Feb 2018

Although librarians initially hoped institutional repositories (IRs) would grow through researcher self-archiving, practice shows that growth is much more likely through library-directed deposit. Libraries must then find efficient ways to ingest material into their IR to ensure growth and relevance.

Journal article

15 Jan 2018

This qualitative research study examines librarians’ research data management (RDM) experiences, specifically the factors that influence their ability to support researchers’ needs.

Research report

8 Dec 2017

This report provides university and research library leaders with useful insights on emerging practices and infrastructures in European research information management (RIM), on the current and future role of persistent person and organization identifiers, and, more specifically, on incentives and barriers to adoption.

Policy

8 Dec 2017

Research infrastructures are long-term enterprises. They are increasingly diverse in nature, may operate under very different models of governance and financing, and within diverse and evolving financial and political contexts. They represent strategic investments which are indispensable for enabling and developing research in all scientific...

Policy

8 Dec 2017

International research data networks are critical for progress in many scientific domains and underpin efforts to promote Open Science. At the same time, many of these networks are fragile and the responsibilities for their support and performance are frequently distributed across a variety of different...

Policy

8 Dec 2017

Citizen engagement is being promoted in many countries as a mechanism to improve the efficiency, quality and relevance of research and improve transparency and trust in science. At the same time, digitalisation is opening up new opportunities for consultation and exchange with citizens. This report...