Today I am happy to announce I begin a new role as Chief Data Scientist for The Converstion Media Group. The role involves working across a range of  professional services for the university and public research sectors, including consulting and analysis services (amongst other things). As such, the consulting  provided in the past through Research Strategies Australia will be accumulated into the new job and continue to be available.

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has supported the work of ResearchStrategies Australia in the last fourteen months, and to recap some of the major achievements:

  • Research Engagement for Australia (REA) – I am very happy to have led this project for ATSE, and even happier that it made it into the Watt review and now into the National Innovation and Science Agenda. Mostly, I am happy that Australia has shifted a large part of its focus away from measuring research impact, and towards measuring research engagement. The results of the REA pilot study conducted with all QLD and SA universities will be appearing soon and should move the discussion forward again.
  • Science and Research Priorities and Practical Challenges – Working closely with my friend and colleague Adam Finch at CSIRO, we developed a method for quantifying Australia’s past research effort against each of the Government’s new research priorities and practical challenges. For my part, I applied this to ARC and NHMRC funding data to show how much has been spent against each priority area. Big(ish) data and text mining…the results are in the charts if you follow the link above.
  • Measuring the Value of International Research Collaboration – This one has yet to be published but you can read a little more about it here where it is referenced. I expect that it will be the beginning of a larger discussion of how we measure and value our international research partnerships. I also suspect that it will further connect our world class research with a range of end users of research, especially governments who can derive so much value from embedding research policy in other policy settings such as international development aid, diplomacy, economic and trade policy…the list goes on.
  • Single Higher Education Research Data Collection Working Group – It was a great pleasure to Chair the working group trying to bring together a single set of rules for the HERDC and ERA data collections. 

There are plenty more projects I could go through, but at the end of the day, I wanted to simply say thanks to all of those I have had the pleasure of working with, the members who agreed to lend their expertise and time to the working groups and steering committees, colleagues here and abroad across the research sector and government who have made themselves available to provide guidance and friendship, the individuals, academies, Dean’s groups, departments and universities that have employed me, the conference organisers who have invited me to speak…and everybody else who helped Research Strategies Australia do what it has done. Also, a special thanks to Melinda Laundon and Andreea Papuc Krischer for making themselves available to help out on many of the projects!

As I said, the work will continue in the new job, and myself and a new team will be available for consulting and advice as always. The role is an exciting opportunity to move this to a global stage, and with a great group of people around me. I look forward to continuing to work with you all.

(I will also continue to post to the blog.)