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Government exercises – We’ve been busy!

Posted by Antoinette Cass on December 2, 2010

The Research Support Team have worked hard on two Federal Government exercises – HERDC & ERA

HERDC

The Higher Education Research Data Collection (HERDC) is based on research publications that were published in the previous year.  The collection of these publications commences in the faculties and culminates in all University outputs being delivered in hardcopy to IS Research Support with a completion date of 30 June for all reporting to DIISR.  

In April this year IS welcomed Dianne Monnier to the team and she took on the job of HERDC verification and data entry with enthusiasm as the record number of submissions arrived on her desk.  Dianne’s work does not stop with building up impressive piles of research papers, but continues as she enters the bibliographic details into e-publications@bond giving Bond University research output data an even greater reach into the global community. 

ERA

Information Services has provided support for Bond’s submission to the Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) Initiative.  ERA is an evaluative program of the Australian Government via the Australian Research Council.  It aims to assess research quality within Australia’s higher education institutions using a combination of indicators and expert review. 

The Information Services Research Support team worked very closely with Faculty Research Coordinators, the Office of Research Services (ORS) and the Project Management Office (PMO) to collate and process the publication data gathered for this exercise over many weeks.  

In particular the month of May was very demanding with the data being received from the faculties, processed and reformatted and sent onto PMO for upload into the University’s new data management system Research Master.   As well as becoming a RefWorks guru during this exercise Kendall Kousek expertly took on the complex task of checking, sorting and cleansing the data as it arrived at IS and achieved the high quality of data required for the next stage.

Of course uploading the data to the repository is a mandatory step in the ERA exercise and the multiple batch loading was efficiently completed by Lisa Barker whose technical skills are much appreciated.  This proficient teamwork enabled IS to deliver a high standard of data to PMO and ORS on schedule.  

 ‘Thank you’ to everyone in the Research Support team for a job well done on both collection exercises over the last few months.

The following chart gives an indication of the mix of the repository’s 4,339 unique items as at the end of July 2010.

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Bond Journals Online

Posted by Antoinette Cass on November 29, 2007

Diversity of scholarship is certainly well represented in two Bond journals which have recently been uploaded into e-publications@ bond.

Bond Law Review is a refereed journal which invites contributions from Bond staff, legal practitioners and scholars from all over the world. It is truly a part of Bond history with its inaugural volume published in 1989 and it continues to be published twice each year by the Bond Faculty of Law Review Editorial Committee. Bond Law Review not only contains learned articles but also commentaries, book reviews and obituraries and stands as a flagship of Bond University publishing.

The Culture Mandala is a humanities journal with a rich offering of articles ranging from political observations to discussion of religious and cultural topics which impact on east-west relations. Published by the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies, the Culture Mandala touches on topics as diverse as the space program in China to dental care in Balinese schools. Each issue is a journey into the religions and cultures of Australia’s near neighbours.

See the suite of journals available in the Bond digital repository and explore the work of past and present Bond academics.

We always welcome new contributions from our academic staff – please contact the e-publications coordinator for further information.

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Finetuning of download counts

Posted by Antoinette Cass on October 5, 2007

New filtering techniques are soon to be employed on Digital Commons sites, the e-publications@ bond software platform, that will dramatically change Bond’s digital repository download statistics.   Numbers will decrease considerably, but they will be more accurate. 

Just like spam adds to the gross volume of email, there are automated processes artificially inflating the numbers of hits on Bond’s repository papers.    A recent analysis of thousands of log files has confirmed that the integrity of our download statistics is compromised by the activity of sophisticated robots, crawlers and spam-bots (RACS) trawling the internet. 

This discovery has motivated bepress, the provider of Digital Commons, to completely re-write their filtering technology to remove machine downloads and other anomalies.  Digital Commons now meets and significantly exceeds COUNTER, an industry standard for online usage statistics.  For more information see  http://www.bepress.com/download_counts.html. 

Download counts and usage statistics continue to grow in importance as more scholarship is placed online, and Bond University researchers can take comfort that this latest upgrade will assist them in assessing the impact of their publications with far more accuracy than in the past.   

If your papers are in e-publications@ bond you will soon receive an email from Digital Commons announcing their new filtering system has been implemented.  The ensuing result will be future monthly full-text download reports that are more accurate and therefore a more reliable source by which you can monitor reader interest in your research.

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