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.
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 (http://www.universitiesnz.ac.nz/aboutus/sc/conzul) on a common approach to data management and curation and data literacy across the sector.
It’s not just hard sciences that get to have all the eResearch fun. The digital humanities and the wider GLAM sector is well represented 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:
Are you interested in the state of New Zealand’s eResearch platforms supporting innovation, or the management of eresearch in New Zealand? eResearch NZ 2013 has lots to offer people who are looking at eresearch in a broader context.
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.
Yesterday, each of the students presented on their work over the summer. There was also lots of very interesting discussion. Ideas and enthusiasm generated should be captured. If you have had any thoughts that you would like to be noted, please add them here.
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.
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.