APO Weekly Briefings are back

Aware of ever-growing amounts of public policy research, APO moved to a daily alert service a few months ago. However, some of you have told us you’d prefer to see just the biggest reports of the week.  Therefore we have reinstated Weekly Briefings on Wednesday in addition to our Daily Briefings from Monday to Friday.

APO Weekly Briefings contain a mix of the most read reports each week plus editors’ picks of reports we think should have received more attention.  If you would prefer to receive a weekly digest – or would like these in addition to your daily dose – please update your subscription preferences in the footer of your APO newsletter or visit our Subscribe page here.

In coming weeks we will bring back our subject focussed emails too.  APO now offers more choice for more people. Please tell your friends and colleagues if you think they would benefit from any of our free APO offerings.

APO Data hosting and testing now underway

open data imageThanks to an Australian National Data Service (ANDS) grant the APO team has been working on setting up our repository to be able to host datasets as well as documents, audio, video and other content. We have been able to do this for sometime and already have around 100 datasets available however our new system provides better metadata and relationships that will allow us to easily relate data to publications internally and eventually to external content.

We are now in the testing phase and would encourage anyone with data relevant to policy and practice issues or datasets related to reports or content that is being published and disseminated through APO to try uploading your data as well.

If you would like any assistance or would be willing to be part of a testing process that we are undertaking with Richard Ferrers from ANDS please email editors@apo.org.au

Looking for background? Try our expanding policy history collections

Here at APO, we are proud to bring you the latest policy research, data and reports. That said, we know that many valuable resources were published before the age of the internet. These resources are key to understanding historical context and path dependencies—informing policy research and current practice.

With this in mind, we are expanding our historic collections with a new digitisation program as part of an Australian Research Council LIEF grant. Last year we purchased a Table Top Scribe from the Internet Archive (the first in Australia) and this is now set up in our offices at Swinburne University in Hawthorn. Our Urban and Regional Editor is sourcing and digitising key urban history resources – starting with working papers published by ANU’s former Urban Research Unit. The working papers will be available on APO as text searchable PDF and in a range of formats from our US partners Internet Archive. Continue reading “Looking for background? Try our expanding policy history collections”

Analysis & Policy Observatory is born

On Wednesday 17 May Australian Policy Online became Analysis and Policy Observatory as our new website design and logo went live.

On Wednesday 17 May Australian Policy Online became Analysis and Policy Observatory as our new website design and logo went live. We wanted to keep our URL and acronym as it is so well known and of course we didn’t want to break links! So we have been thinking for a long time what else APO could stand for.

This change has been a long time coming as we have been thinking how to expand our services and the scope of APO content due to the demands of the policy space to be both national and international.

We also felt that the idea of an Observatory made it clearer that APO is a knowledge commons and a repository service and taps into a term used widely in Europe, South America and other places.

The new site is built in Drupal – one of the most popular open source CMS – and we have worked Drupal hard to turn it into repository software. We are still on Drupal 7 as there were many modules that we need that have not yet been updated but we have rebuilt with an eye to migrating to Drupal 8 or even 9 in future.

There are still many aspects of the old site still to be migrated so if things are missing please be patient but if you want them urgently let us know as this helps us to prioritise.

Email editors@apo.org.au with any comments or requests or leave a comment on the blog.