Research information innovator invited to international board

March 15 / 154

Simon Porter, Research Knowledge Systems Advisor from Chancellery (Research), has been invited to join the Digital Science Board of Academic Advisors.

Digital Science is a technology incubator working with academics to drive innovation in research, and the board involves 10 members selected from the international community of researchers, librarians and academic administrators.

The board’s role will be to provide product advice and guidance to develop tools that enable researchers, from profiling research such as finding ways to build virtual international research teams in areas such as disaster management.

Mr Porter’s work at Chancellery focuses on how information on research is collected, how we use data about research, and how we can enhance the way the University communicates and manages its research.

He is perhaps best known for his work on Find an Expert – developed as a solution to the lack of accessibility and scattering of research information across the university – which created a single source of information that now forms the core of the University’s research web presence.

Professor Liz Sonenberg, Department of Computing and Information Systems and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research Collaboration and Infrastructure) Chancellery (Research) comments, “Simon has applied his creativeness over many years to envisage, and deliver Melbourne Research Windows and a range of other highly useful tools for researchers. His appointment to the Digital Science Board is splendid international recognition of his expertise - and will ensure the University has access to the latest thinking internationally in this area."

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