National and International acclaim for Griffith’s Research Hub


Research Hub award

The Research Hub, Griffith’s innovative approach to comprehensively profiling Research Activity using linked data and semantic web technology, has been recognised with national and international awards by a number of higher education institutions, including Cornell University.

Stanford University Library awarded the Research Hub a commendation of merit as part of their SPIRL prize to recognize and celebrate innovation in research libraries.

The SPIRL Prize commended the  Research Hub, stating, “The Research Hub addresses the need for a single, comprehensive view of a university’s research output.  It serves an ambitiously wide audience, including international researchers looking for datasets, research students looking for supervisors, industry looking for consultants and their expertise, and journalists looking for expert sources.” (See judges’ comments.)

Stanford University Libraries offers a prize to recognize and celebrate innovation through programs, projects, and/or new or improved services that directly or indirectly benefit readers and users. The goal of this prize is to single out for community attention and to celebrate functionally significant results of the innovative impulses in libraries anywhere in the world that support research. The process of consideration for making awards is sponsored by the Stanford University Libraries (SUL).

The principal emphasis of SPIRL on identifying and applauding distinguished peers in fostering better services to the research world.

This international recognition follows national wins at the prestigious 2012 VALA Award for its innovative use of information and communication technologies.

VALA, an organisation that promotes the use and understanding of information technology in Australia, singled out the Research Hub for its ground-breaking delivery of an informative guide detailing the University’s areas of academic expertise. The Research Hub site was launched in June following a 12-month development stage, and allows users to search for Griffith’s academic staff, their publication histories and research projects. The VALA Award is presented every two years to an Australian library or information service, with previous recipients including the State Library of Queensland and RMIT Publishing. Visit the Research Hub website to get a first-hand look at the award-winning tool.