Because good research needs good data


Our conference is supplemented by a rich programme of workshops. These events must be booked separately from the conference. You do not have to attend the conference in order to register for the workshops.
Registration is open until 25 January 2019. 
All the workshops will take place at the Arts West Building, Faculty of Arts, University of Melbourne on Monday 4 February 2019. 
Monday 4 February 2019

Programme and Workshop Information 

Workshop Registration 08:15-09:00

Workshop 1 

Moving Ahead with Support for Data Management in an Academic Institution (Half Day, am) - CANCELLED 

Location: Arts West North Wing 453 - Collaborative eSeminar

Organiser: Dalal Rahme, American University of Beirut Libraries


Delegate fee: £50  

This workshop introduces attendees to different Data Management practices throughout the research data lifecycle and the set of skills needed to accomplish the job. It also exposes them to different assisting data management tools to facilitate their jobs.

In this workshop attendees will learn more about the complexity of research data based on disciplinary context, format, technical requirements and applicable policies.  They will learn how to support others in applying best data management practices throughout the research data lifecycle. We will also discuss the data quality review framework and mechanisms for preservation, access and reuse of research data. Attendees will work on writing a data management plan for different datasets.



Workshop 2 

Digital Preservation Carpentry (Full Day)

Location: Digital Lab - Digital Studio - Arts West, West Wing Level 2

Organisers: Carey Garvie, National Archives of Australia; Lachlan Glanville, The University of Melbourne; Peter Neish, The University of Melbourne; Fiona Tweedie, The University of Melbourne; Jaye Weatherburn, The University of Melbourne, Matthew Burgess, State Library South New Wales 


Delegate fee £64   

This workshop has two aims: 1. To trial a hands-on technical lesson for digital preservation processes, using the pedagogical teaching style of the Carpentries (;; and 2. To gather feedback from participants to enhance further development of digital preservation lessons within the Carpentries framework. This trial lesson will feature digital preservation concepts tightly coupled with experimentation with open source tools. The lesson is aimed at those who want to get from theoretical knowledge of digital preservation to practical skills, and who want to understand the reasoning behind tools and technology choices for handling digital content. Working IT knowledge is essential for participation in this workshop. Both established practitioners and those new to digital preservation theories and practice are encouraged to attend. Lesson content has been developed from input from the Australasia Preserves digital preservation community of practice. 




Workshop 3

Innovative connected research infrastructure for Terrestrial ecoscience researchers and decision makers (Half Day, am) - CANCELLED 

Location: Arts West North Wing 156 - Lectorial Room

Organisers: Hamish Holewa, Atlas of Living Australia, Guru Siddeswara, TERN; Sarah Richmond, Griffith University; Chantal Huijbers, Griffith University; Keith Russell, Australian Research Data Commons 


Delegate fee: £52  

Participants will learn about the collaborative approach taken in Australia to Research Infrastructure and the tools and platforms that are in place for international researchers and policy makers to publish and use well curated FAIR Terrestrial ecoscience and biodiversity data.




Workshop 4

Defining and Implementing Digital Curation Workflows (Full Day)

Location: Arts West North Wing 356 - Collaborative eSeminar

Organisers: Christopher (Cal) Lee, School of Information and Library Science, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, US; Peter McKinney National Library of New Zealand Wellington, New Zealand 


Delegate fee £65

This workshop will focus on the development and implementation of workflows for digital curation. Funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services (IMLS), OSSArcFlow is researching and modeling ways to combine tools into digital curation workflows. Among the benefits of this work is the broadening of understanding of curation approaches within organizations, and developing community-wide views of curation processes. The workshop is intended to be a highly inclusive and interactive event. We will ask participants to submit short (1-2 pages) summaries in advance of some activities or challenges that they would like to present. Such submission will not be required, but it will strongly encouraged. In order to encourage participation from a diverse set of individuals (presenting as many countries and institution types as possible), we will not require participants to submit lengthy formal papers. Instead, we will rely on the designated speakers to provide brief introductory remarks to motivate the main issues and guide the discussions. Participants who submitted summaries will then give short presentations. We, as the facilitators, will then run break-out discussions in order to allow all participants to collectively identify areas of potential alignment or differences that they would like to explore further.

Workshop Agenda



Workshop 5 

Peer-to-Peer Train-the-Trainer workshop (Full Day) - CANCELLED 
Location: Baillieu Library Ground floor - Dulcie Holyock

Organisers: Eliane Blumer, EPFL; René Schneider, HEG; Gerry Ryder, ARDC; Natasha Simons, ARDC; Christopher Erdmann, CDL

9:00-17:00 (provisional)

Delegate fee £64  

During this workshop participants will discuss and evaluate content and methods for the delivery of training programs in research data management. The workshop will be a blend of reports on best-practice and discussion, where all participants will be asked to contribute by exchanging experiences and assembling them into a structured feature map. 

Workshop Agenda



Workshop 6 

Location: Arts West North Wing 453 - Collaborative eSeminar
Organisers: Natalie Meyers, University of Notre Dame; Sophie Hou, National Center for Atmospheric Research; Jens Klump, CSIRO; Natasha Simons, Australian Research Data Commons, Matthias Liffers, Australian Research Data Commons, Gerry Ryder, Australian Research Data Commons



Delegate fee £52  

This workshop will enable understanding of approaches to software curation, including its importance in enabling reproducible research.  While a strong focus on data curation already exists, software curation is an emerging practice of equal importance. The workshop will present case studies to stimulate group discussion on how those engaged in facilitating reproducible research can support or actively engage with this. 

Workshop agenda