VALA2014 Boot Camp

RMIT Publishing / VALAtech Boot Camp

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RMIT Publishing

Bookings can be made via the VALA2014 Registration page. You must be a VALA2014 delegate to register for the RMIT Publishing / VALAtech Boot Camp.

If you have already registered for VALA2014 and want to go add these sessions you will need to log back in to amend your registration.


Monday 3 February 2014

RMIT Publishing/VALAtech Boot Camp Session ABoots

Brewing your own Linked Data

0900 – 1300 Room: 218

Paul Hagon and Tim Sherratt, National Library of Australia, ACT

So you’ve heard about Linked Data, but have you made some? It’s time to move beyond the buzzwords and get your hands dirty with a bit of vocabulary wrangling and triple taming. Join us for a half-day boot camp in which we’ll learn about Linked Data by brewing our own.

Moving outwards from the contextual richness of Trove, this boot camp will explore what happens when we start connecting stuff up in ways that computers understand. What new modes of discovery become possible? How does it change our ability to share and re-use data? What are the possibilities for Linked Data enhanced publications and portals?

There will be much talk of identifiers and the odd reference to ontologies, but anyone with a good grasp of metadata and an interest in online technologies should be able to join the fun.

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Monday 3 February 2014

RMIT Publishing/VALAtech Boot Camp Session B

Creating your own Ebook

1400 – 1730 Room: 218

Facilitator: Christopher Cormack, Catalyst IT, New Zealand

Preserving access to information: the hands-on approach.

In this age of increasing digital information, the fight for controlling access to that information is in full swing. Facing off in one corner we have rights owners, with their arsenal of TPM, DRM,  DMCA, law suits and mega budgets, and in the other corner we have a loose alliance of geeks, privacy activists like the EFF and ACLU, and some librarians. Stuck in the middle are the content creators and the content consumers.

Access to knowledge and science is protected by Article 27 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, with which none of us would disagree. Who then will make sure that this access is a reality?

Librarians need to fight for the content creators and the content consumers. We should highlight and reward those who facilitate free (as in freedom) access to information.

Let’s explore these ideas together so that we can move forward into a future where access to information is valued and available. Making materials available in open formats doesn’t have to be hard: by the end of this workshop we will have created openly accessible electronic publications.

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Tuesday 4 February 2014

RMIT Publishing/VALAtech Boot Camp Session C

Transforming yourself for the future library

1050 – 1230 Room: 218

Facilitator: Justine Hyde, Director Library Services and Experience, State Library of Victoria, Melbourne

We all know that libraries are transforming by rebooting their image, playing with new services and spaces, and trying to meet the demands of a generation of digital natives. But what is the nature of these changes and how will you prepare yourself for the challenges ahead?

Join this workshop to explore the nature of transformational change in libraries. We will look at what is influencing this change and how libraries are responding. You will imagine the future for your library in 2020 and beyond. You will reflect on how you can future-proof your career for the road ahead.

Libraries are transforming. Are you ready to lead that change by transforming yourself? Find out in this practical and interactive workshop. Join your colleagues for some revealing small group discussions. And come prepared to face your fears and pursue your passions.

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Tuesday 4 February 2014

RMIT Publishing/VALAtech Boot Camp Session D

Techspert RDA

1405 – 1545 Room: 218

Ebe Kartus, Melissa Parent and Lesa Maclean, RMIT University, Vic
Sarah Sherman, Deakin University

This is NOT an RDA training session!

Resource Description and Access (RDA) was implemented in April 2013. This new descriptive cataloguing standard is a welcome development in info organisation and access in the digital age, but at the same time it can be a significant challenge to technical departments.

How will your ILMS display and index the MARC tags that are standard in RDA formulated records? What normalisation and validation routines will you run to ensure database quality? Will you turn vendor files of AACR2 records into RDA records or undertake conversion projects? If so, how?

This boot camp will consider these issues and more, and will share a variety of possible solutions and processes for you to try at your own organisation. The emphasis will be on overcoming technical issues that RDA can present, and a general working knowledge of RDA will be assumed.

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Thursday 6 February 2014

RMIT Publishing/VALAtech Boot Camp Session E

LibraryBox: taking a feather from the pirate’s cap

1030 – 1210 Room: 218

Peta Hopkins, Bond University, Qld
Tom Edwards, Wyndham City Libraries, Vic

LibraryBox ( for off-the-grid digital content?

Developed by Jason Griffey, LibraryBox is a fork of the PirateBox open source project and offers many possibilities for providing access to media in environments where Internet access is difficult or undesirable. The potential to support educational, social and cultural initiatives is ripe for exploration.

Discover the capabilities of this simple but powerful device, brainstorm proposals, and find out what’s involved in making your own LibraryBox in this Boot Camp session.

Requirements: Be sure to bring along your wifi-enabled device to connect to and explore a LibraryBox first-hand. Smartphones, tablets and laptops can all connect.

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Thursday 6 February 2014

RMIT Publishing/VALAtech Boot Camp Session F

Altmetrics: a new battle in the impact wars

1345 – 1525 Room: 218

Helen Livingston and Stuart Ainsworth, University of South Australia, SA

G and H indexes don’t tell the whole story; there are also altmetrics – alternative metrics of impact.

Altmetrics offer a different account of use, showing which scholarly outputs are read, discussed, saved and recommended as well as cited.

Altmetrics give timely data, showing evidence of use in days instead of years.

Find out how many times has an article has been bookmarked, blogged about, cited in Wikipedia or even tweeted. Is a link on a website “worth” as much as a tweet to show how international research is? If a work hasn’t been cited yet, but is heavily blogged about, is that a measure of social impact?

You’ll give research impact a spatial element and map clusters of research collaboration, be they downloads, blogs, tweets or YouTube videos.

Blast your way to the new analytical front with the latest in tools and thinking. Come and arm yourself with Altmetrics and reshape the impact wars.

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