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VALA2014 LogoThe VALA2014 17th Biennial Conference and Exhibition is to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 3 - 6 February 2014. The theme for this conference is emPowering eFutures.

The following papers will be presented at VALA2014. See also the VALA2014 Programme.  

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Big data, little data, no data: scholarship in the networked world

VALA2014 PLENARY SESSION 1
Tuesday 4 February 2014, 9:05 - 10:15
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Christine Borgman

University of California, Los Angeles, USA

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Abstract

The enthusiasm for “big data” is obscuring the complexity and diversity of data in scholarship. Inside the black box of “data” is a plethora of behaviour, technology, and policy issues. Publish or perish remains the clarion call of today’s scholars. Now they are being asked to release their data as well, which marks a fundamental transition in scholarly communication. Data are not shiny objects that are easily exchanged. Rather, they are fuzzy and poorly bounded entities. Data flows are uneven – abundant in some areas and sparse in others, easily or rarely shared. Open access and open data are contested concepts that are often conflated. Data practices are local, varying from field to field, individual to individual, and country to country. Data are a lens to observe the rapidly changing landscape of scholarly practice in the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities. The future for libraries to manage the deluge of data is streaming with possibilities – and with challenges. This talk is a preview of the book by this title, forthcoming from MIT Press in fall, 2014.

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The South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau

VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Think Big
Tuesday 4 February 2014, 11:25 - 11:55
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Andrew Piper

State Library of South Australia

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Abstract

The State Library of South Australia (SLSA) is honouring the memory of those who served at the front lines on World War 1 and on the home front, through a series of projects. The principal project is the creation of a new web resource of the records of the South Australian Red Cross Information Bureau (SARCIB). The web resource will utilise volunteers and provide opportunities for community created content. By leveraging existing tools such as MARC, the project will lead the way for future delivery of our collections and provide an opportunity for SLSA to apply Linked Open Data. It is anticipated this resource will be available early in 2015.

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Managing MOOCs: adding value in a 'massive, open, online' environment

VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Think Big
Tuesday 4 February 2014, 10:50 - 11:20
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Jenny Ellis, Astrid Bovell, Peta Humphreys and Jan Weaver

The University of Melbourne, Vic

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Abstract

In 2013, the University of Melbourne offered its first MOOCs via Coursera. The technology enabled seven courses taught by academic staff from different disciplines to be delivered to anyone with an internet connection. The Library was included as part of the MOOCs development team from the start, collaborating with teaching staff through the hectic development phase, forging positive relationships with learning designers and production staff. This paper presents a case study that demonstrates the contribution that the Library has made to MOOCs@Melbourne.

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CPA Australia's archive story

VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 1: Think Big
Tuesday 4 February 2014, 12:00 - 12:30
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Kerrie Ludekens and Kerry Gutowski

CPA Australia, Vic

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The CPA Australia Archives, a unique collection of records extending back 130 years, document the history of the organisation, the development of the accounting profession and the social and business history of Australia. These Archives are a rich source of information for academics and members of the public interested in their family history. To enhance access, CPA Australia and several Australian universities applied for and were successful in obtaining a linkage grant from Australian Research Council (ARC) to digitise the Archives. This paper discusses the digitisation process.

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Hacking the library catalogue: a voyage of discovery

VALA2014 CONCURRENT SESSION 2: It's All About the Data
Tuesday 4 February 2014, 10:50 - 11:20
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Ben Kreunen and Joe Arthur

The University of Melbourne, Vic

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The University Digitisation Centre (UDC) at the University of Melbourne has been working towards implementing the Embedded Metadata Manifesto since its inception in 2009. This paper follows the evolution of the in-house information systems developed by UDC to incorporate the embedding of descriptive metadata as part of a standard digitisation process. Central to this has been the development of novel ways of accessing metadata from the various library catalogues via their public interfaces. Challenges arising from the re-use of catalogue metadata in non-library systems may provide additional insights as libraries attempt to re-invent the catalogue.

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