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Using R for Statistical Analysis

Posted March 25, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

New in 2015: Using R for Statistical Analysis from Dr Lyndon Walker

Originally created to support the Swinburne unit STA80006 Using R for Statistical Analysis, this new video series covers the use of the R statistical software. It includes R syntax, functions, data visualisation, descriptive statistics, statistical inference, RStudio, and Shiny.

Nineteen episodes are now available via Swinburne Commons and YouTube, but viewers can also subscribe via iTunes U or RSS to work through episodes published weekly.

 

 This video series is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs License.

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New publications on the OECD iLibrary

Posted March 20, 2015 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

    

Fit Mind, Fit Job

From Evidence to Practice in Mental Health and Work
Following an introductory report (Sick on the Job: Myths and Realities about Mental Health and Work) and nine country reports, this final synthesis report summarizes the findings from the participating countries and makes the case for a stronger policy response.

The ABC of Gender Equality in Education: Aptitude, Behaviour, Confidence

This fascinating compilation of the recent data on gender differences in education presents a wealth of data, analysed from a multitude of angles in a clear and lively way.

The Metropolitan Century

The report provides an outline of recent and likely future urbanisation trends and discusses the consequences.

OECD Economic Survey: United Kingdom 2015

This OECD Economic Survey of the United Kingdom examines recent economic developments, policies and prospects. Special chapters cover improving infrastructure and ensuring sustainable bank lending.

Forthcoming titles;

OECD Economic Surveys: China 2015
Economic Outlook for Southeast Asia, China and India 2015 Strengthening Institutional Capacity

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March 17th is St Patrick's Day

Posted March 17, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

 Borrow our hand-picked green books this St Patrick's Day!

 

 



 

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New on Swinburne Commons (March 2015)

Posted March 13, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Student access to textbooks

Posted March 11, 2015 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

 

Have you ever experienced cost as a barrier to students reading a textbook?

 
How can you make readings free for students to access online?
Here are 3 suggestions that might be possible for you.
Can you think of any others?

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  1. Place some or all of your reading materials on Subject Materials Online
  2. Select your textbook from the Library's ebook collection.
  3. Adopt an openly accessible textbook  such as OpenStax or
    BCcampus OpenEd.   (The Open textbook movement is gathering speed.)

 For more information contact your liaison librarian.

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Swinburne Commons - new HTML5 players

Posted March 06, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons is happy to announce the transition to new HTML5 video players.

The new players bring enhanced mobile device and browser support, additional features, and opportunities for future customisation.

See below for new features, and to try them out for yourself.

 Image: Swinburne Commons new video player

New features include:

  • Choose your download quality
  • Preview images while scrubbing
  • Accessible (tabbed) controls
  • Info screen with active links
  • Audio version accompanying every video
  • Leads with HTML5 and falls back to device appropriate player

Try it out for yourself:

Please note: The 'share using embed code feature' has not yet been transitioned - in the meanwhile, please see this guide to embedding.

We welcome any feedback on the new players at commons@swin.edu.au

Arrows: All Vectors (CC-BY)

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What is Google Cultural Institute?

Posted March 04, 2015 in category General by David BRADLEY

Google has partnered with hundreds of museums, cultural institutions, and archives to host the world's cultural treasures online

Here you will be able to search for artworks, landmarks and world heritage sites, as well as digital exhibitions that tell the stories behind the archives of cultural institutions across the globe. 

The site has just launched access to 14 new digital collections of Australian cultural institutions, including those of the National Portrait Gallery and the Australian War Memorial.

The digital collections are available online here: www.google.com/culturalinstitute/collections

 

Image credit: Federal Capital Commission Architects Department | Australia | Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House

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Three easy ways to add Swinburne Commons videos to Blackboard

Posted March 03, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Image: Swinburne Commons banner

Add any Swinburne Commons video to your Blackboard units...

1 - PUSH

1. Log into Swinburne Commons with SIMS

2. When viewing any video, click Add to Blackboard on the right

Image: Add to Blackbord

3.  Follow the prompts to 'Add resource summary' to your desired unit/s

2 - PULL

1. From your Blackboard unit content area, click Tools > Swinburne Commons

2. Search for the video and click + Select summary page

Image: Swinburne Commons pull

3. Click Save

3 - EMBED

1. When viewing an Open Access video in Swinburne Commons, expand and copy the embed code:

Image: Swinburne Commons embed code

2. In your Blackboard unit, click Build Content > Item and give the item a name

3. Click the HTML icon
    (you may need to expand the tools first)

Image: Blackboard html icon 

4. Paste in the embed code

5. Click Submit

> This embed option presents a full video player in your Blackboard content area.
> To obtain embed codes for restricted videos that you have created, contact commons@swin.edu.au .
> This option is not available for TV material.


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2nd March is Dr Seuss Day!

Posted March 02, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Theodor Seuss Geisel (Dr. Seuss) was born on March 2nd 1904.

He was a an illustrator for advertising campaigns and a political cartoonist during the Second World War, but is best remembered for his forty-six whimsical, rhyming children's books.

Several of the books have been adapted into films, including "Horton Hears a Who!", "The Lorax" and "The Cat in the Hat".

Look, it's a book!


Although he died in 1991, a new Dr. Seuss book is due this July! "What pet should I get?" is based on original manuscripts and sketches discovered in a box when his widow was remodeling her home. Random House plans to publish two further books.

Our Hawthorn Campus Library has a display today showcasing Dr. Seuss books from our Children's Picture Book collection.


We also have some e-books on his life and work including: Dr. Seuss; Theodor Seuss Geisel; and The Man Who Was Dr Seuss The Life and Work of Theodor Geisel.

 

 Image Credit: Flickr: Broken Simulacra:  Lorax Grafitti, Martin Place St Kilda


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Swinburne CodeCasts

Posted February 24, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

New in 2015: Swinburne CodeCasts

A suite of open access programming tutorials developed by Dr. Andrew Cain, Jake Renzella, Reuben Wilson, and Cliff Warren from the Faculty of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Twenty-six episodes on 'Programming in Pascal' are now available via Swinburne Commons, but viewers can also subscribe via YouTube , iTunes U or RSS to work through episodes published weekly.

 

 CodeCasts are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Australia's best business writing

Posted February 20, 2015 in category General by Jane O'Donnell

The State Library of NSW announced the four fascinating books shortlisted in the 2014 Ashurst Business Literature Prize - Australia's richest and most prestigious award for business writing.

The shortlisted authors and titles are:

Andrew Burrell  Twiggy: The High Stakes Life of Andrew Forrest  (Black Inc)

Ben Hills  Stop the Presses: How Greed, Incompetence (and the Internet) Wrecked Fairfax (ABC Books/HarperCollins)

Margaret Simons  Kerry Stokes: Self-Made Man (Penguin Group Australia)

Rodney Tiffen  Rupert Murdoch: A Reassessment (NewSouth)

 

 

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Spotlight on Italian Cinema

Posted February 11, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Attention Cinema Studies and Italian language students!

ACMI's latest film season "ROMA! The Screen Life of the Eternal City" begins this week with Melbourne Cinémathèque screening a season of Antonioni's films including La Notte, Il Grido, The Passenger, Identification of a Woman, and Zabriskie Point.

Because Swinburne teaches cinema studies and also Italian language studies, Swinburne Library has recently acquired many classic Italian films as online streaming videos. For an overview of Italian cinema Martin Scorsese's "My voyage to Italy" is the best place to start with episodes devoted to major influences like Roberto Rossellini, Vittorio De Sica, Luchino Visconti, Frederico Fellini, and Michelangelo Antonioni. We have many of the films Scorsese mentions like ...

ROSSELLINI: Rome Open City, Roberto Rossellini
DE SICA: The Bicycle thieves, Umberto D, To Live
FELLINI: 8 1/2, Roma, Satyricon, Amarcord, Nights of Cabiria, Spirits of the dead, Juliette Of The Spirits, Ginger and Fred, Voice Of The Moon
VISCONTI: Rocco and his brothers, La terra trema, Death in Venice, Luchino Visconti   
ANTONIONI: Blow Up, Zabriskie Point, The Oberwald Mystery  
PASOLINI:  Mamma Roma, The Decameron

We also have an extensive selection of Italian dvds in the Library's audiovisual section.

Image Credit: Flickr Thomas Hawk

To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password to login.
They are made available for educational purposes under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 and access is restricted to Swinburne staff and students only. 
The material is subject to copyright. Any further copying or communication may be the subject of copyright or performers' protection under the Copyright Act 1968

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New on Swinburne Commons (February 2015)

Posted February 10, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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Rub a dub dub, time to read in the tub!

Posted February 09, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

February 9th is Read in the Bathtub Day. Enjoy a long soak with a great book.

Read in the Bathtub Day is the perfect excuse to turn off your electronic devices...
(unless it's an e-reader, then ziplock bag + Kindle = happy bathtub reading).

Remember, February is also "Love Your Library Month" so be careful with any borrowed books, remember to keep your book high and dry.

Image credit: Flickr ericsnaps  https://www.flickr.com/photos/ericsnaps/3385868072
Bathing in knowledge by Vanessa Mancini snapped at Bayswater Art Gallery

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February 2nd is World play your ukulele day!

Posted February 02, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

The ukelele was developed in Hawaii in the 1880s based on instruments brought to Hawaii by Portuguese whalers who jumped ship and by immigrants from Madeira who came to work on the sugar cane fields.

King Kalkaua was a big fan and featured it in performances at royal gatherings which made it gain popularity.

From the 1920s through to the 1960's the ukulele's popularity spread to the USA, Canada, Japan and the UK. George Formby and Tiny Tim had many comedy hits that featured it.

Hawaiian musician Israel Kamakawiwo'ole's version of "Over the Rainbow" was used in films and commercials many years after he recorded it, leading to it reaching #12 on the Billboard chart in January 2004.

YouTube became a big influence on the popularity of the ukulele. Jake Shimabukuro's ukulele version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" was one of the first clips to go viral.

The groundwork for the current ukulele revival can be traced to mid-1990s underground culture which cannibalized popular elements like tattoos, burlesque, skateboarding, and Tiki culture leading to it featuring in art by pop surrealists like Shag, Mark Ryden and Brad Parker and being adopted by musicians like Amanda Palmer and Zooey Deschanel.

The Library has its own ukelele band so we have many uke books ...
including self help guides like Ukulele In A Day For Dummies, Ukulele Exercises For Dummies, The Ukulele Entertainer Powerful Pointers for Players and Performers
and also books on The 'ukulele a history, Ukulele Nation The Poetry of Uke, Incredible Hawaii

See the amazing story of the ukelele in the online streaming documentary "Mighty Uke

The 2015 Melbourne Ukulele Festival, Friday 13th to Sunday 15th March will have live uke performances.


Image credit:  Flickr  BoomerangThang

To view online videos you will be asked for your Swinburne username and password to login.
They are made available for educational purposes under Part VA of the Copyright Act 1968 and access is restricted to Swinburne staff and students only. 
The material is subject to copyright. Any further copying or communication may be the subject of copyright or performers' protection under the Copyright Act 1968


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