APO has joined a pilot project being run by the DuraSpace foundation that will assist us to export and connect our data with that of other research systems and standards from around the world and visualise the results as graph databases.
Research Graph is an open collaborative effort toward connecting scholarly records across global research repositories. Their work is focused on linking research projects and research outcomes on the basis of co-authorship or other collaboration models such as joint funding and grants.
A demonstration is planned for this Friday at the RDA Plenary 11 in Berlin at the end of March. Thanks to generous travel support from the Australian National Data Service (ANDS), Amanda Lawrence, APO Director, is attending the Plenary for the first time.
We are looking forward to working with Peter Vats and Dr Amir Aryani as well as the DuraSpace team and helping turn the roadmap into a reality. This project also aligns closely with the work we will be doing on the APO Linked Semantic Platforms LIEF grant over the next two years.
APO is delighted to have joined the Australian Digital Alliance (ADA) – the peak body representing copyright users and innovators in Australia. APO strongly supports all the ADA positions including Australian copyright reform for fair use.
ADA advocates for balanced copyright laws by drafting policy submissions to government, engaging in legal cases concerning copyright and preparing publications on new developments in copyright law and policy.
The ADA’s mission is to promote a copyright law that is balanced and flexible, respects user rights, and encourages access and innovation in the public interest – stating that, ‘Balanced and flexible copyright laws are fundamental to the broad dissemination of knowledge, culture and education and to encourage innovation.’
Fair use advocacy
The ADA and APO both support the introduction of a broad, flexible, and technology neutral exception into the Copyright Act allowing fair and reasonable use of copyright material. Such an exception – similar to the United States ‘fair use’ doctrine – would enable a greater range of reasonable uses of material.
APO looks forward to updating you on our alliance with ADA and copyright reforms as they evolve.
APO in conjunction with ANU Open Research is pleased to announce the digitisation of the complete collection of the ANU’s Urban Research Unit / Program Working Paper Series (1987-1999).
The digitisation of these 66 papers was undertaken by ANU Open Research at the ANU Library and by APO as part of the Linked Data II project, funded by the Australian Research Council.
Elke Dawson, Manager, Open Research at ANU, stressed the breadth and significance of the series coverage.
‘This important series covers national, state and local issues surrounding housing, the environmental quality of urban areas, social indicators, land policy, transport, infrastructure investment and planning and employment towards the end of the 20th century in Australia.’
APO has recently launched its new Private Rental Housing collection. Supported by Swinburne University’s Centre for Urban Transitions, this collection contains government, academic and other sector reports as well as media discussion about the financing, development and supply of rental housing, tenant access and rental property management in Australia. The collection can be viewed at apo.org.au/collections/private-rental-housing.
VALA 2018 in Melbourne from 13 – 15 February 2018, will be the year’s must-attend event for those working and aspiring to work in the fast-changing information and technology environment of the GLAM sector. Amanda Lawrence will be presenting on APO and our developments as a linked data platform. Continue reading “Conferences and events coming up in 2018”