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Hey look, a parade!

Posted February 09, 2016 in category General by Sue FOSTER


Whenever a film has been lacking, one go to option for directors has been to insert a scene using a parade to add color and movement.

So much so that there is a movie trope where the villain or hero tries to escape pursuit by casually blending into a parade that just happens to be passing by.

For example, a Junkanoo parade in Thunderball (1965), St Patrick's Day in The Fugitive (1993),  the Day of the Dead in Assassins (1995),  the Little Italy Feast of San Gennaro in The Godfather II (1974),  and a Chinese dragon blocking the street in numerous Jackie Chan films.

Celebrate Fat Tuesday with these movies featuring Mardi Gras on the Swinburne Commons

Black Orpheus (1959) During the carnaval in Rio de Janeiro, a streetcar conductor goes to hell in order to save the woman he loves. Directed by Marcel Camus.

Easy Rider (1969) A 1960's counterculture classic. Two aimless young men set out to ride from Los Angeles to New Orleans on their motorbikes.

Or follow the "bead trail" from a factory in China to the New Orleans Mardi Gras in this expose that reveals inequities of globalization Mardi Gras: Made in China

Image credit: Flickr Movies in LA

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 (January 2016)

Posted January 22, 2016 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

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How to: Audio downloads from Swinburne Commons

Posted January 21, 2016 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons houses thousands of videos created at Swinburne, including public lectures, teaching material and self-guided tutorials.

For those times when you are on the go - you can download an audio version of any video. Just click the download icon and select 'Audio only'

Image - Commons audio download 

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January 18th is Thesaurus Day!

Posted January 18, 2016 in category General by Sue FOSTER

A thesaurus is a book that lists words in groups of synonyms (words with similar meanings or related concepts).

The most famous English-language thesaurus, Roget's Thesaurus, was created in 1805 by Peter Mark Roget (1779-1869) a British  physician, natural theologian and lexicographer who loved list-making from a young age.

Image credit: Portrait of Roget by Thomas Pettigrew


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Swinburne Graduation videos (December 2015)

Posted January 14, 2016 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne's December 2015 Graduation videos are now available on Swinburne Commons.

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 All videos are free to view and download. Send your ceremony to friends and family, or download a copy in high resolution (new feature).

Graduation ceremonies since 2008 are available on: Swinburne Commons | YouTube | iTunes U

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Wikipedia turns 15!

Posted January 11, 2016 in category General by Lauren Dunstan

15 years ago, Wikipedia launched with the simple idea that anyone, no matter who they are or where they lived, had something to contribute to the sum of all human knowledge. It was a simple idea, but intensely powerful, and resonated with hundreds of thousands of people.

Today, Wikipedia is the 6th most popular website in the world. It contains over 35 million articles in hundreds of languages. Each month, more than 15 billion people view articles made possible by the more than 80,000 volunteer editors who edit each month, as well as countless others who stop by to simply fix a typo or update a fact. Together, these contributions have made Wikipedia the most comprehensive repository of free information in the history of humanity.

If you have never made an edit before, today is a great day to begin! Contributing to the world's largest free knowledge resource is a powerful recognition of all of the millions of people before you who shared their time and knowledge to build this amazing well of information we use every day.

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Christmas is nearly upon us!

Posted December 24, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER


If the thought of the same old Christmas fare leaves you cold, try out some new recipes from the selection of Christmas specials that are streaming online via the Library's EduTV database ...

Nigellissima: An Italian Inspired ChristmasMaggie Beer's Christmas Feast, Heston Blumenthal's Perfect Christmas, Christmas with Poh, A Christmas Feast with Peter KuruvitaRick Stein's Cornish Christmas, Willie's Perfect Chocolate Christmas, Gordon Ramsay's Ultimate Christmas, Raymond Blanc: The Very Hungry Frenchman - Christmas Feast, Destination Flavour Christmas 

Merry Christmas everyone. See you when the Library re-opens in the New Year.


 Image credit: Flickr Richard Clark (Digimist)

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New on Swinburne Commons (December 2015)

Posted December 21, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons is the central service for managing and distributing digital media resources created at Swinburne. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us

Recent highlights include:

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December 10th is Dewey Decimal System Day!

Posted December 10, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER


Melvil Dewey, inventor of the Dewey Decimal system of library classification, was born on December 10th 1851

Libraries previously gave books permanent shelf locations by their order of acquisition, the Dewey Decimal Classification introduced the idea of shelving books based on subject.  The system is used by 200,000 libraries in over 135 countries.

Did you know that in 2003 The Library Hotel in New York was sued for trademark infringement for using the Dewey system as their hotel theme?

Image Credit: Flickr Kimberly Vardeman

New on Swinburne Commons (November 2015)

Posted November 20, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Swinburne Commons is the central service for managing and distributing digital media resources created at Swinburne. If you are interested in contributing, please contact us

Recent highlights include:

 How to: Easily add Swinburne Commons videos to Blackboard...

Health at a Glance

Posted November 13, 2015 in category General by Jane O'Donnell


Health at a Glance 2015

This new edition of Health at a Glance
presents the most recent comparable
data on the performance of health systems
in OECD countries.

 Health at a Glance 2015

Where possible, it also reports data for partner countries (Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, India, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russian Federation and South Africa).

  • New drugs will push up pharmaceutical spending unless policy adapts.
  • Life expectancy continues to rise, but widespread differences persist across
    countries and socio-demographic groups.
  • The number of doctors and nurses has never been higher in OECD countries.
  • Out-of-pocket spending remains a barrier to accessing care.
  • Too many lives are still lost because quality of care is not improving
    fast enough.

OECD iLibrary

November 11th is Origami Day

Posted November 11, 2015 in category General by Sue FOSTER

Research Student Photography Competition 2015

Posted October 29, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

Congratulations to the winners of this year's Research Student Photography Competition, held in celebration of National Science Week (15-23 August).

Image: The view up here 

1st - The view up here: research to commercialisation - Nathan Kotlarewski (cc by-nc-nd) - pictured above
2nd - Caste - Myles Russell-Cook (cc by-nc-nd)
3rd - A child's dreams. A bride's prayers - Josee Huennekes

After initial display in the Hawthorn Library foyer, the three winning photographs have been archived in Swinburne Image Bank along with other entries from the 2014, 2013 and 2012 competitions.

Swinburne Image Bank ensures the accessibility of these images over time, but has also provided the opportunity for the photographers to make their images available under Creative Commons licences. Many of the images can now be shared and used (with attribution and under certain conditions).

Swinburne Autism MOOC now available as self-guided course

Posted October 23, 2015 in category General by Nyssa Parkes

 Swinburne's Autism MOOC is now available openly online as a self-guided course, via:

Swinburne Commons (web based) | iTunes U (iOS device required)


Associate Professor Michael Grimley and Project Lead Emma L Donaldson presenting the Autism MOOC

Swinburne's Autism MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) launched on World Autism Awareness Day (2 April 2015), and attracted more than 15,000 participants from around the world.

You can now work through the MOOC at your own pace via either Swinburne Commons (web based) or iTunes U (iOS device required). While the self-guided version of the MOOC does not include the interactive elements from the original course, you will be able to view all the videos, images and assignments designed for the original participants.

Most resources are available under a Creative Commons BY-NC-ND licence, allowing you to share or re-use these resources in your own autism programs or your community.

This is the first course distributed by the Swinburne Commons service. If you are interested in creating your own open access course, or distributing open educational resources (OER), please contact us.

Man Booker Prize 2015: Marlon James wins for A Brief History of Seven Killings

Posted October 16, 2015 in category General by Heather COUTTS

Announced on Tuesday in London, Jamaican born author has taken out the 2015 Man Booker Prize.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is a 680-page epic and is based on the true story of the attempt on the life of Bob Marley.

Set across three decades and with more than 75 characters it explores the turbulent world of Jamaican gangs and politics.

Michael Wood, chair of the judges, described it the "most exciting" book on the shortlist and said the judging panel only took two hours to unanimously come to a decision.