APO Forum 2018 – themes and speakers announced

The second APO Annual Forum will be held on 25 October 2018 at Engineers Australia in Melbourne. Tickets can be purchased from the Eventbrite page.  Follow updates on Twitter #APOForum2018

The APO Forum brings together policy people from a wide range of sectors including education, government, commercial,  NGOs, as well as think tanks, media and more. It provides a platform for shared expertise, experience, learnings, and an opportunity for academics, researchers, policy professionals, and students to connect.

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Redesigning the Public Knowledge System

Across government, academia, the community sector and industry, the production, use and management of publicly funded research and information is in crisis – both in Australia and around the world. Determined efforts are underway in many sectors but often occur in isolation from other campaigns and without a sense of the wider system.

Held during International Open Access week, the second APO Forum will focus on ‘Redesigning the Public Knowledge System: New Tools and Strategies for Research, Policy and Practice’ and respond to the Open Access week call to ‘Design the equitable foundations for open knowledge’.

We would like the Forum to further our understanding of the issues affecting research publishing and use in public policy, practice and industry, and look at how we can change aspects of the system to ensure public knowledge is F.A.I.R. (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) now and into the future. The discussion topics will cover:

  • The challenges and opportunities for research engagement and impact, knowledge mobilisation, equity and access, open government
  • Innovative publishing and social data platforms
  • The potential and dangers of new technologies and automated decision-making
  • Business models and strategies for reinventing and supporting the public value of knowledge.

Download the Program.

Speakers

We are delighted to announce a stellar lineup of speakers. They include:

  • Dr Howard White – CEO, Campbell Collaboration (APO Forum keynote speaker)
  • Assoc. Prof Catherine Althaus – Associate Dean (Academic), Australian and New Zealand School of Government (ANZSOG)
  • Dr Amir Aryani – Head of Social Data Analytics Lab, Social Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Prof Ginny Barbour – Director, Australasian Open Access Strategy Group (AOASG), Queensland University of Technology (QUT)
  • Dr Ken Coghill – Chair, Open Government Partnership, Civil Society Network
  • Prof Jane Farmer – Director, Social Innovation Research Institute, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Prof Lisa Given – Associate Dean (Research and Engagement), Faculty of Health, Arts and Design, Swinburne University of Technology
  • Prof Susan Luckman – Professor, Cultural Studies in the School of Creative Industries, University of South Australia (UniSA)
  • Karen Mahlab AM – Founder and CEO of Pro Bono Australia
  • Pru Mitchell – Manager of Information Services, Australian Council for Educational Research (ACER)
  • Gwenda Thomas – Director,  Scholarly Services & University Librarian, The University of Melbourne
  • Prof Julian Thomas – Director, Enabling Capability Platform (ECP), Social Change, RMIT University.

Lightning talks and workshops

The Forum will provide a unique opportunity for delegates to participate in 5 minute lighting talks on the above themes. In addition, there will be a film screening of Paywall at ACMI X on Wednesday 24 October, as well as a number of workshops to be held on Friday 26 October at Swinburne University – more details to be announced soon.

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

APO Director joins international committee for FAST terminology

APO Director, Amanda Lawrence recently joined the first international FAST Policy and Outreach Committee (FPOC) – one of the library domain’s most widely-used subject terminology schemas.

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‘APO adopted the FAST classification system a few years ago, and it’s also used by the Informit database, Amanda Lawrence says. ‘We have been focusing on making APO more interoperable with other systems over the past few years. Working with an international vocabulary like FAST is part of the information infrastructure that supports that goal.’

OCLC support for FAST

FAST (or Faceted Application of Subject Terminology) is is a collaborative effort between the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Research and the Library of Congress, dating all the way back to 1998.

OCLC is committed to the growth and support of FAST and are actively working to transition it from an experimental research environment to OCLC production servers. The first stage, which is underway, is transitioning FAST to a production database and they are currently analysing options for next steps, based on community needs and interest.

FPOC Committee

Based in the US, OCLC has partnered with representatives from the library community to create a new FAST Policy and Outreach Committee (FPOC).

‘This is the first time that there has been an international committee to discuss the future developments of FAST,’ says Lawrence.

FPOC will represent users of FAST for the purposes of:

  • establishing editorial policies regarding terms
  • overseeing community engagement, term contributions and procedures
  • recommending directions and goals for development/improvements
  • and much more (see http://oc.lc/FASTcommittee for additional details).

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Highlights from the KM2018 conference

In the first week of July, Amanda Lawrence and I attended the Knowledge Mobilisation Conference (KM2018) in Sydney, hosted by the Sax Institute. It was a packed event, with an audience of about 60 per cent researchers, 20 per cent policy makers, and the rest somewhere in between.

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Amanda presenting at 2018 Knowledge Mobilisation conference in Sydney

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The discussions and workshops were all about ways to bridge the gap between researchers and policy makers. The focus was on health, but the learnings are applicable across all public policy.

My key points from the conference:

Finding, building and sustaining relationships

Researchers are challenged by the situation where people in government adviser roles change frequently, making it difficult to engage, and sustain engagement.

And from the other side, it is hard to ‘find an expert’.

While at the same time it is recognised that relationship building, and ‘deliberative dialogues’, help with knowledge translation.

Speaking the right language, as well as listening the right way Continue reading “Highlights from the KM2018 conference”

Welcome to Ian Muchamore – APO Editor: Collections & Publishing

Ian Muchamore, APO Editor: Collections & Publishing

Ian Muchamore has recently joined APO as Editor: Collections & Publishing. Ian is an experienced science communicator and policy specialist having worked with the Wellcome Trust, New South Wales Health and Deakin University.

He brings experience as a biomedical scientist, a social researcher, a public health practitioner and a community and mental health advocate.

A very warm welcome to Ian!

APO Advisory Board members announced

APO is delighted to announce the Advisory Board for 2018. There are eight distinguished members of the board. In this post we give a brief bio of each of our members. The annual board meeting will take place on 2 August 2018 – we will update you on important insights and outcomes from this meeting.

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Prof Jane Farmer (Chair)
Swinburne University of Technology

Jane is a Professor of Health & Social Innovation, Director of the Social Innovation Research Institute and Deputy Director of the Centre for Social Impact at Swinburne University. Jane is also the Lead Chief Investigator for the Australian Research Council (ARC) LIEF Linked Semantic Platforms project. Jane has a distinguished track record of research and publication in the areas of rural health services, innovations in health workforce and technology, community participation, co-production and social enterprise. She led a number of led large multidisciplinary, multi-site projects in Scotland and Australia.

Read Jane Farmer’s full bio.

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Catch APO at conferences and events in 2018

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APO will be out and about in the coming months, attending many conferences and events – if you see us come and say hello!

June

HealthInfoNet Roundtable

APO Director Amanda Lawrence presented at the HealthInfoNet Roundtable on 6 June in Melbourne. HealthInfoNet is an organisation ‘helping to close the gap by providing the evidence base to inform practice and policy in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health’. HealthInfoNet have recently updated their website, and have developed a short video on the redesign. This site is crucial to anyone working in the Aboriginal and Torres Strait health sector.

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HealthInfoNet Melbourne Roundtable speakers, June 2018

VCOSS Good Life Summit

With a state election coming up in Victoria, the Victorian Council of  Social Service VCOSS Good Life Summit  on 13 June delivered a terrific day of presentations, conversations and networking across the policy and social sectors. In the words of VCOSS: ‘Delivering a good life for all Victorians, regardless of their background or individual circumstances, must be on the agenda for the 2018 State Election, and beyond.’summit_webbanner (1).png

Amanda Lawrence and Michelle Zwagerman attended the event with thanks to our partnership with VCOSS. Continue reading “Catch APO at conferences and events in 2018”

APO data live in Research Data Australia

After a long project we are very pleased to say that APO as a database as well as all of the datasets we host are now able to be searched and accessed via Research Data Australia.

And we have a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) for APO so if you want to cite APO as a whole – if you are perhaps writing about the importance of open access databases as a source of evidence for public policy or that you used APO overall for a project –  please include doi.org/10.4225/50/5b15c09dbc286 in your reference as it will help us to to trace this more easily.

Research Data Australia is a project of the Australian National Data Service which helps researchers find, access, and reuse data from over one hundred Australian research organisations, government agencies, and cultural institutions. It does not store the data itself but provides descriptions of, and links to, the data from their data publishing partners such as APO. Research Data Australia caters specifically for researchers but also has broader relevance to others including policy makers, educators and business people. Continue reading “APO data live in Research Data Australia”