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Digital Connections - UNE Roadmap to Improved Digital Literacies in the HDR Experience

Mr Thomas Reeson, Ms Eleanor Colla

University of New England

Being a regional university with a largely online Higher Degree Researchers (HDR) cohort has presented the University of New England Library with numerous challenges and opportunities. Our students are geographically dispersed and have disparate discipline focuses with a shared propensity for methodologies inclusive of eld instrumentation and remote working arrangements for their theses and research projects. The library therefore needs to equip HDR with digital literacies and an improved capability to conduct their research in the technological/digital realms, as well as different ways in which this content needs to be delivered.

THETA 2017 presented a need for connected services, needs-based training, collaborative efforts from IT/Library/Research Offices, and a cultural change from top-down and bottom-up. In response to these lessons, UNE started a Research Data Management capabilities project, research support sessions redevelopment and redelivery project, interdepartmental participation in training, and an ORCiD rollout project.

UNE Library’s Research Advisory and Engagement Services will report on their roadmap to the future for HDRs and how a history of distance education and a portfolio agenda of digital dominance and agility has informed how the library has adapted and incorporated technology in content delivery. This is an ongoing effort. We will present what has been achieved in 2017/18 and what is happening right now to move forward to create more digitally literate HDR cohort.

UNE is attempting create a broad capabilities improvement platform for our HDRs, including: research data management, introductions to research tools, academic pro ling, and academic/ non-academic research communication. Since THETA 2017, UNE has doubled the users for active research data on our central platform and tripled the data stored there, developed, delivered, and re ned 5 new researcher support sessions, integrated ORCiD into inductions, and migrated our research outputs repository. Attendees can expect overviews of the UNE ownCloud sync-and-share active research data store, an informal approach to an ORCiD rollout, a formalised repository upgrade to DSpace, our experiences collaborating with areas outside of the library, and the development of a more digital- focused suite of research skills workshops.