Testimonials

Bridges: what researchers are saying...

 

Associate Professor Robert Bryson-Richardson

Researcher, School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science

“Our primary reason for using Bridges was to make the raw data from our research available. Providing all of the data and statistical analysis allows its re-use and demonstrates confidence in your analysis. I found the platform easy to use and suitable for the large datasets. I have been surprised by how much the data has been downloaded by others, suggesting there is real benefit to making it available.”

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Dr Tracy McCaffrey

Researcher, Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food
Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

"When I first heard about Bridges, I thought about how it could be used to obtain Almetrics for non-traditional research outputs, as we had been tracking our research impact in our Department and thinking about how to collect some of the metrics in a more efficient way. Our NHMRC funded project, Communicating Health, has generated infographics/graphical abstracts in order to quickly communicate the key findings with our partners. I wanted a permanent way to track the engagement metrics following conference presentations or webinars, so the generation of a DOI by a Monash supported repository is a win-win.

The layout of Bridges, using thumbnail images, allows people to quickly view the content to see if they want to learn more. Beyond my own work, I will be looking at how our research groups within the Department could use Bridges on our website."

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Associate Professor Robert Bryson-Richardson

Researcher, School of Biological Sciences
Faculty of Science

“Our primary reason for using Bridges was to make the raw data from our research available. Providing all of the data and statistical analysis allows its re-use and demonstrates confidence in your analysis. I found the platform easy to use and suitable for the large datasets. I have been surprised by how much the data has been downloaded by others, suggesting there is real benefit to making it available.”

Dr Christine Grové

Researcher
Faculty of Education

"I undertook a project with many visual elements, it was a photovoice, digital & participatory research program with 10 youth people in Victoria, Australia. I used Bridges to share with the community the youth produced. For the project, having open access to the items, with a DOI was critical to keep track of the project's impact, such as downloads, views and citations. The research participants themselves were also able to share either work with their school, friends and family."

Associate Professor Duncan Galloway

Researcher, School of Physics and Astronomy,
Faculty of Science

“There were several reasons for choosing Bridges. We wanted an online resource that would have some guarantee of long-term existence (if not permanence) of our data products, which may not be the case if we hosted on our own site (for example). The provision of versioning and the possibility of organising as collections was also an advantage, as these options would be something we might have to implement by hand otherwise. Being able to cite the repository via a DOI was also important. It was also attractive to use a product offered by Monash so that we could get immediate help from the Library who know the product inside out.

At this point it’s difficult to assess the benefits over other options, as I think the main benefits will be seen further down the track; but it’s been a pretty smooth process to create and maintain the collection, so fairly low overhead in terms of learning how to use the tool.”

Ryan Wick

PhD Candidate, Department of Infectious Diseases Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

“Open reproducible research depends on data being publicly shared for other researchers to use. However, the size of big bioinformatics datasets (often tens of gigabytes or more) can make this difficult. Bridges has been generous with their storage quotas, so they are my go-to place to host any dataset that is too large for other repositories.”

Associate Professor Deana Leahy

Researcher
Faculty of Education

"I was part of an ARC team that curated an exhibition to showcase their findings (see www.schoolingfood.com).  Our data and exhibition included photographs, digital voice files and digital clips and we used Bridges to house the files that we linked to in the exhibition. All team members had access to Bridges and could add files. Bridges also enabled the public to download and share our data and exhibition items. Bridges also enabled us to keep track of downloads, views and citations.

Since using Bridges for the exhibition, I have also used Bridges to share conference presentations and resources that I have developed. I upload my presentations prior to the conference and provide attendees with QR codes or bitly links so participants can download relevant files."

Professor Cat Hope

Researcher, Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music
Faculty of Arts

“I began using Bridges as a DOI minting system for each of my compositions. I now use it as a repository for all materials associated with each piece of music I write. As my music has a digital copy - the score exists primarily as a PNG that is read using a computer program - this works well.

The Bridges entry for each piece includes drafts, photos of performances, recordings, final copies, program notes etc.

My plan is to use the DOI in papers I write, and encourage others to do the same, driving a citation metric for the works themselves.

I also link to Bridges via DOI from my website, and every list of works I share has this link system.

The project is still in progress - there is some neatening to do so that potential performers of my music find the score first, not the rest of the 'ephemera'.”