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Nerd Nite Melbourne #46

Nerd Nite Melbourne

Nerd Nite Melbourne #46

7:00pm, Wed 13 April, 2022

Event Details

Nerd Nite Melbourne is back for 2022!. Dylan Nichols talks trash, Lauren Dunstan muses about metadata, and Elodie Camprasse will introduce you to her crustasean friends. This is the first Nerd Nite of the year, come and get your nerd back on!

In line with the Governments "Open Premises Directions", the "Stay Safe Directions", and for the health and safety of all our guests and staff, all staff and guests will be required to show certification that they are fully Covid-19 vaccinated, or a valid exemption, in order to gain entry to the venue.


*Presentation 1*


Don’t Trash Waste and Don’t Waste Trash!

by Dylan Nichols 

Description: Australians landfill about 27 million tons of “waste” every year, a level that is actually rising despite increased recycling and recovery efforts.  This causes enormous environmental issues now, as well as in the future. While this is a new talk, it will include a lot of recycled content, though will try and avoid being a total dumpster fire.  It will also look at what is being done about this problem, and the incredible opportunities that are in no way garbage.

Bio: Dylan Nichols is a Sustainability Consultant who helps his clients minimise waste and maximise recycling, reuse and recovery.  His job takes him to such ritzy locales such as landfills, transfer stations and even prisons.  More of an Oscar the Grouch than Oscar Wilde, this talk will allow Dylan to share things he has bin doing to clean up the world a bit.

*Presentation 2

Metadata matters

by Lauren Dunstan (@rodgerdunstan)

Description: Metadata has been around since the Ancient Egyptians labelled some scrolls on a shelf in 280BC. Fast forward almost 2000 years, card catalogues and the Dewey Decimal System made it easier for people to find the information they needed in libraries. In our digital world, the purpose of metadata remains the same, it allows us to find and manage information. And be tracked…sometimes for the better. With so much information out there, metadata matters. So how do you find the right stuff, to make the right decisions? Of course you can Google it, but if you really absolutely have to know, ask a Librarian.

Bio: There are databases, electronic collections, repositories, archives, art, newspapers, discovery tools, search systems, learning objects and digital asset management systems. Have I lost you?  Sorry. It’s not all boring. From handling medieval manuscripts to what people put in the return chute on the way home from the pub, some of it is really dirty work. You need gloves. Lauren is a frontline worker in information management.  So much so, some of her experiences have become a sitcom on ABC TV. Despite the view that all Librarians are introverts hiding in the 994’s, she’s here tonight to share all on how librarians can save lives with their bookish approach to managing data.

*Presentation 3

An army of claw-some friends


by Elodie. Camprasse, Twitter (@ECamprasse) and Instagram (elodie.camprasse)

Description: Every winter, in the heart of Port Phillip Bay, a truly amazing natural phenomenon unravels: the gathering of thousands and thousands of great spider crabs. Those crabs, which come to the shallows together to seek safety in numbers are on a mission: in order to grow, they need to moult whilst dodging hungry rays and other predators. The spider crabs and their aggregations are world famous – Sir David Attenborough himself featured this extraordinary event in BBC Blue Planet II. But would you believe that despite all this attention, we know very little about spider crab biology and ecology? Elodie and her team at Deakin University are here to change that and they need your help! Elodie will tell you all about how you can take the plunge, and become the spider crabs’ friends by helping scientists gather information on their whereabouts to understand their aggregations better. 

Bio: Elodie came to Australia about 8 years ago to do her PhD at Deakin University. She fell in love with Australia’s biodiversity, particularly in urban areas, above and below the surface. She used tiny devices to sneak into the lives of penguins and shags and understand their hunting strategies. She really enjoyed being a penguinologist (anyone who thinks this isn’t a proper job title can argue with her over a drink at NerdNite!). But a few years after her PhD, she decided that helping solve the mysteries surrounding the great spider crab aggregations was going to be her next endeavour. Her passion lies in better understanding marine environments and increasing awareness for the biodiversity of the Great Southern Reef. When Elodie is not busy teaching people how to make vegan cheeses, helping people connect with nature and wildlife or communicating science, you can find her underwater, taking photos of the unique, weird and amazing creatures that call Port Phillip Bay and the Great Southern Reef home.

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