Institute of Public Works Engineering Australasia Queensland (IPWEAQ)

IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre

Information Resources Department

Mark Lamont, Director, Information and Resources
Phone: 04-1339-6989
Email: mark.lamont@ipweaq.com

Program Overview

The mission for the knowledge centre from its genesis and planning stage was for it to act as a storage repository for information vital to the public works section. An essential part of that was to create the repository as the first point of publication for professionals in the field to be able to share and enhance their own work, and in turn to draw on and learn from the efforts of their colleagues. The objective was to create a space where many of the innovative ideas and practices could be shared in order to build a comprehensive picture within the knowledge centre of the current state of the profession and the public sector.

  • Publishing activities began: 2016
  • Location: Australia
  • Languages published: English
  • Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department
  • Stage of publishing efforts (1-3): 3 - Established
  • Stage comments: At present we are engaging in discussions with engineering and other public sector journals to act as a middle entity for the papers published by us to be considered for further publication in peer reviewed academic periodicals.
  • Open access focus (1-5): 4 - Very Important
  • Program advisory/editorial board: Yes
  • Peer reviewed journals: 50%
Staffing (in full-time equivalents):
  • Professional staff: 9
  • Paraprofessional staff: 4
  • Graduate students: 1
Funding sources for publishing activities:
  • Library operating budget: 60%
  • Sales revenue: 40%

Publishing Activities

Types of publications: conference papers and proceedings, faculty; conference papers and proceedings, student; databases; educational resources (ex. textbooks, course modules); electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs); journals, campus-based student-created; monographs; technical/research reports.

  2021 Open access Paid Hybrid
Conference papers and proceedings, faculty 216 75
Conference papers and proceedings, student 34
Databases 5
Datasets
Educational resources (e.g., textbooks, course modules)
Electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs)
Journals, campus-based faculty-created
Journals, campus-based student-created 12 12
Journals, contracted by external groups
Journals, inactive back issues
Monographs 2 2
Newsletters
Technical/research reports 51 18
Undergraduate capstones/honors theses

2021: New publications from July 2020 to June 2021. Journals include titles actively publishing during the date range. Other publication types include items that were published or added to repositories for the first time within the date range.

OA/Paid/Hybrid: Publications currently published and/or available online. OA (open access) publications do not include counts for hybrid publications. Hybrid publications are those that offer a combination of both open access and pay-access content.

Highlights

Top publications:
  • Street Design Manual: Walkable Neighbourhoods (book)
  • Queensland Urban Drainage Manual (book)
  • Engineering for Public Works Journal (journal)
  • Lower Order Roads Design Guidelines (report)
  • Construction and Maintenance of Infrastructure Supervisors Handbook (book)
Disciplinary specialties:
  • public works (civil) Engineering
  • transport safety planning
  • road design and maintenence
  • floor and stormwater management
  • Native title and Aboriginal cultural heritage

Partners

Internal partners: campus departments or programs

Openness to working with external partners: Open to working with any external partner

Best publications to refer to our program: Publications that address issues across the entire public works sector with a particular emphasis on engineering for that sector.

Technologies & Services

Media formats:
  • audio
  • concept maps or other visualizations
  • data
  • images
  • modeling
  • multimedia/interactive content
  • text
  • video
Softwares & platforms:
  • DSpace
  • WordPress

Additional services:
  • audio/video streaming
  • cataloging
  • dataset management
  • digitization
  • marketing
  • open URL support
  • training
Digital preservation strategy:
  • In-house
Service vendors: Max Gecko Design; Productiv Media; Digital 8; IPWEAQ Professional Development; McCullogh Robertson; JPL Media

Additional Information

Plans for expansion & future directions:
Plans for Expansion & Future Directions: The IPWEAQ Knowledge Centre has seen a doubling in usage over the last 12 months. While it's primary role is to be the first site of publishing for papers, articles, and proceedings from various conferences, the intention going forward is to also act as an intermediary space, intersecting with academic engineering journals and advocating on behalf of our contributors for wider publication opportunities within those journals. It has also proven to be a site of knowledge generation with users accessing and sharing information. This has been particularly effective with a shift to more professionals within the sector working from home and needing remote access.
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