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Webinar 4 – Data and the Community
A community Data CO-OP is a form of collaboration in which participants pool data and data capabilities. It provides insights into social challenges, helping identify better outcome measures to support vulnerable communities.

Swinburne University of Technology has formed a Data CO-OP with Australian National University, Griffith University, The University of Melbourne, The University of Tasmania, Research Data Australia, ADA, APO, AURIN, Trove, and partners with international experts such as The GovLab at New York University.

To mark the launch of the Swinburne Community Data CO-OP Platform, we invite you to attend our webinars on data collaboratives.

See data collaboratives in action through an examination of two community focussed projects.

Dr Tom Verhelst, Program Director, Regional Innovation Data Lab Griffith University, will discuss his work on the Logan CO-OP: a collaboration between Griffith University and Logan Together. The CO-OP uses visualised data from multiple sources to understand the community & social service landscape in Logan. Tom will explain how this has helped Logan Together and the Logan Community to advocate for changes and inform decision making.

The Queensland Food Environment Data CO-OP draws together data from food environment audits conducted by Griffith University with publicly available datasets providing a picture on, e.g. non-communicable disease rates and ability to access outlets that support healthy eating. Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele, Founding Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith, Griffith University, will discuss her work on this project.

Jul 9, 2020 02:00 PM in Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney

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Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele
Founding Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith @Griffith University
Professor Sharyn Rundle-Thiele is the Founding Director, Social Marketing @ Griffith and Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Social Marketing. Drawing on her commercial marketing background Sharyn’s research focuses on applying marketing to benefit people and the planet.
Dr Tom Verhelst
Program Director, Regional Innovation Data Lab (RIDL) @Griffith University
Dr Tom Verhelst is the Program Director at Griffith University’s Regional Innovation Data Lab (RIDL). In this role he works identify and fast-track innovative solutions that address long-standing urban and regional challenges by using “place”, rather than discipline or agency, as the data linking framework. Dr Verhelst has strong global industry R&D experience in applying novel platform technologies towards scientific advancement to generate beneficial socioeconomic impacts. He worked previously as the Associate Director of R&D IT at UCB Biopharma (Top 30 Global pharmaceutical company) in Belgium and in the UK and as a program lead and consultant for PerkinElmer (Fortune 500 company) in Europe, the Middle East, North America and India.
Associate Professor Amir Aryani
Head, Social Data Analytics Lab @Swinburne University
Amir Aryani is the Head of the Social Data Analytics (SoDA) Lab in the Social Innovation Research Institute. The Lab applies contemporary and emerging co-op data analytics techniques to provide insight into health and social problems. Amir has experience with large-scale and cross-institution projects in Australia and Europe. His track records include collaboration with high-profile international institutions such as British Library, ORCID (U.S), Data Archiving and Network Analysis (DANS, Netherlands), Institution for the Social Sciences in Germany (GESIS), and funders including ARC, NHMRC, and NIH. He is an experienced project leader on initiatives involving creating and leading data-driven projects and using data modelling, information retrieval techniques, and real-time data analysis. He has published articles in high impact journals such as Nature Scientific Data, Metadata and Semantics Research, and Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence and Applications.