Open Data meets Tinker at the Digital Studio University of Melbourne for the Victorian Open Data Informal

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Greg D’arcy ( Informatics Specialist, Unimelb SCIP ) showcasing Tinker

The Tinker team recently presented at the Victorian Open Data informal, an event run quarterly by the Victorian eResearch Data Management Community and associated colleagues.

The March informal was held in the Digital Studio at the University of Melbourne and brought together two presentations and a vibrant group of eResearch support staff, researchers, research data specialists, librarians and other stakeholders.

Dr Mathew Ling from Deakin University introduced the Melbourne Open Research Network and outlined their aims and activities. Following Mathew, Greg D’arcy (Informatics Specialist, Unimelb SCIP) and Dr Tyne Sumner, Senior Research Community Coordinator, (Research Platform Services) showcased the newly developed Tinker by the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (DEVL) project.

The Victorian Open Data informal has two key rules:

  • No powerpoints
  • Just stories

We embraced this stipulation by engaging in a robust discussion around such topics as:

  • Digital research skills for Graduate Researchers
  • Best approaches for creating a quality and sustainable digital tools training program within Universities
  • The future of Open Data in relation to research and publication metrics
  • The role of libraries in contributing to good communities of practice around digital research methods, and
  • Challenges for bridging fragmented communities who are working on large digital projects together

Detailing the HASS DEVL story, Tyne outlined the project’s plans to develop and promote Tinker through community leaders and training as well as the feedback received from the HASS community in early 2019.

The informal then included a demo of the Tinker HASS tools, and some of the challenges of supporting digital research platforms in the space.

In future events, the Vic Open Data informal are keen to hear about such topics as DMP tools, staffing RDM, training and engaging researchers as well as data-related outputs that you want to showcase informally e.g. Strategies, training, datasets, community-building, good ideas etc.
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