Highlights from Research Bazaar Brisbane 2017

Brisbane’s Research Bazaar at UQ attracted more than 300 participants across its three days from 7–9 February.

QCIF was a prize sponsor of ResBaz and Belinda Weaver, QCIF’s eResearch Analyst Team Leader, played a key role in organising the successful event.

QCIF sponsored the door prize of two Raspberry Pis, which were awarded (with names drawn out of a hat) to librarians Ryan Weymouth of Griffith and Kellie Ashley of UQ, pictured below with Belinda Weaver handing over the prizes.

 ryan weymouth pi winner

 Kellie pi winner

ResBaz is an annual, largely free eResearch event, which aims to improve digital literacy amongst researchers and support staff. Brisbane’s first ResBaz was held last year at QUT.

This year’s ResBaz featured 11 workshops in total and more than 250 people were trained. In addition to Software Carpentry workshops, there were workshops on Web scraping, data clean-up, eco-science modelling, advanced R, THATCamp and more, including a day-long cloud session run by Amazon Web Services.

Combining two Software Carpentry workshops into one for a Git session (as pictured below) worked well. Separate streams were running for Python and R workshops, but the two groups came together to learn Git.

resbaz git workshop








Networking (as pictured below) is an important part of ResBaz, with researchers meeting those outside of their own discipline, and research support staff meeting those in similar roles at other institutions. The Festival Day on 7 February provided the best opportunities for networking over a complimentary morning tea and lunch, as well as at the many eResearch stalls.

Resbaz2017 festivalday networking








The Festival Day featured many eResearch/research support stalls, including QCIF and RCC's shared stall, which QCIF Service Delivery Manager Stephen Bird and QCIF PA Melinda Robertson manned (pictured below).

qcif rcc resbaz2017 stall








Fun and games at the Festival Day was a feature. The ‘R’skUs stallholders (QCIF's JCU-based eResearch Analyst Dr Collin Storlie on the right, below) dressed up as pirates to underscore the "aRR aRR" nature of R stats advice.

r pirates resbaz2017








The generosity of sponsors made this year’s ResBaz possible (QCIF was a prize sponsor). UQ Library’s Fei Yu (pictured below) holds the ResBaz schedule with the sponsors listed. Especial thanks go to platinum sponsor Amazon Web Services who provided $50 cloud vouchers, a swag of T-shirts, and sponsored the Festival Day lunch.

resbaz2017 sponsors fei









All photos by Dr Nick Hamilton, QCIF/RCC/IMB.