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Summary of MBIE Sector Report: Information and Communications Technology

While not directly related to resarch, MBIE has delivered a significant report into New Zealand's ICT sector. I have had a read of the report from the perspective of someone in the research sector and have jotted down some things that stand out.

Submitted by Tim McNamara on

Praise from the digital humanities community for eResearch NZ 2013

The eResearch NZ 2013 has been a fantastic success. It's very encouraging to begin to see some public endorsement come through. Penny Carnaby, Head Librarian at Lincoln University, has had this to say:

Erin, Deborah, Hugh and Stuart Charters from ESD attended the eResearch NZ conference at UCAN this week. Erin and Deborah’s paper was really well received and, if I am permitted to be really proud of them both then I certainly am! This was a watershed conference for research librarians throughout the country. It was the first time that that there has been a significant contribution from the sector in relation to e-research and Open Research. Colleagues from Otago, Canterbury and Auckland Universities were there and we have agreed to work much more closely with CONZUL ( on a common approach to data management and curation and data literacy across the sector.

Submitted by Tim McNamara on

Promoting open and reproducible research at eResearch NZ 2013

Open access and open science/research are highly topical conversations, with increasing computational intensity of research leading to calls for open access to source code and data, in order to reproduce research outputs. Both of these topics will be touched upon at eResearch NZ 2013:

Submitted by Nick Jones on

Geospatial web-enablement for environmental data in New Zealand

This blog post can be seen as a sequel to a former blog post on the introduction on geospatial data sharing and spatial data infrastructures (SDI), where I explained the basics of OGC standards and web services. Quite some research organisations and governmental agencies already employ OGC standards to make data available online, often even free of charge for the public.

Submitted by AlexKmoch on

The non-Google public domain dataset

For the past few weeks I've been working with the HathiTrust's 300,000 document non-Google digitized public domain collection. It's easy enough to get your hands on the dataset; it is, after all, public domain and as such has no access restrictions--all it takes is a quick email to HathiTrust. They prefer to distribute the collection via rsync, and once your IP address is authorized on their server you're good to go.

Submitted by robertmarchman on

Audiogeotagger Documentation

1. Introduction

1.1 Purpose

The main objective of this project is to design and develop an android tablet application for audio geo-tagging, which enables users to record where and when users touch a map display during an interview. The locational data is automatically related to the time in the interview when an interaction is performed on the map. Also, users are able to look up interviews by queries such as keyword, time or geographic location.

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