I am currently involved in a number of research projects, summaries of which appear below:
Building community knowledge for environmental sustainability. (with Dr Kirsty Williamson CSU and Monash University, and Associate Professor Graeme Johanson, Monash University)
The key objective of this project is to research ways of assisting volunteers in building community knowledge for environmental sustainability through effective data management and data contributions of volunteers (citizen scientists) to major national repositories. Using iPads, volunteer members of the Australian Plants Society Victoria (APSV) will collect, manage, access and upload shared field data effectively to national biodiversity repositories, and then use the iPads to stay in touch with new project developments and to make maximum use of national online biodiversity data. An innovative aspect of this project is that it will use a ‘ground-up’ approach. This will mean that the research team will work to include and develop the expertise in each group rather than impose a ‘top-down’ set of technologies, guidelines and rules.
Information, inclusion and informed participation: identifying and addressing social inclusion from an information perspective. (with Drs Annemaree Lloyd, Asim Qayyum and Kim Thompson)
This project explores the concepts of social inclusion and exclusion from an information practice perspective. It aims at understanding how migrants and refugees at various stages of their integration reconcile their cultural information practices with those of their adopted countries. Three themes are taken up in the project, learning to become a citizen, engaging with learning and working, and participating in everyday living.
Emerging trends in academic library research support services (with Professor Sheila Corrall, University of Pittsburgh and Dr Waseem Afzal, CSU)
Changes in tertiary education funding and research evaluation policies have led to requirements for changed academic library research support services. These changes have coincided with technological developments, leading to the development of institutional repositories and eResearch practices, such as data intensive research, increased technology-enhanced collaboration and the use of virtual research environments to create opportunities for academic librarians to find new roles within their institutions and the academic community. While research support services have always existed in academic libraries, this research aims to uncover and understand new and emerging research support services. This project investigates research support practice in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK.
Scholarly publishing and open access
Work in this area grows from my 2008 PhD thesis titled “Reassembling scholarly publishing: Open access, institutional repositories and the process of change”. The ongoing project is interested in the development and dissemination of open access and institutional repositories as information systems and technologies, and their role in the scholarly communication process. My thesis was awarded an Honourable Mention by the American Society for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T)/Proquest Dissertation Award in 2009.
investigating eResearch ( lead by Dr Lina Markauskaite (USYD) and with Dr Jim Richardson (USYD); Ms Leonie Hellmers (Intersect); Dr Anindito Aditomo and others)
Intersect (http://www.intersect.org.au/), the peak NSW eResearch body, in collaboration with a team of researchers from several NSW universities, led by Dr Lina Markauskaite from the University of Sydney is in the process of conducting research which aims to investigate: (1) existing technology-enhanced research practices; (2) future requirements; and (3) researcher readiness to adopt eResearch. eResearch is the application of advanced information and communications technologies (ICT) in research practice. The term ‘eResearch’ is used to refer to the application of advanced information and communication technologies to the practice of research. It enhances existing research processes, making them more efficient and effective, and it enables new kinds of research processes. eResearch includes, among other things: data storage, management and sharing; on-line collaborative tools; and high-performance computing.