Cultures & Communities December 2017 Update

Cultures & Communities December 2017 Update
December 13, 2017 Chris Button

Welcome to the final Cultures and Communities update for 2017. The RDS-funded Cultures and Communities project is now officially closed, with our recent Digital Humanities Pathways event in Hobart being the final stage of the project.

Over 2017 the project has delivered the following:

  • Open API for sharing data between projects and source archives
  • Digital Humanities User Support Portal
  • Six Digital Humanities Pathways events held in capital cities around the country. More than 400 registrants heard from 79 speakers across the course of these events. You can see recaps of those events on Storify.
  • An Open Archives, Open Minds workshop in Melbourne at which participants learned more about using digital tools for sharing research data.
  • Presentations and coordinated panels or ‘birds of a feather’ group presentations at other relevant events, including eResearch Australasia in Brisbane, THETA in Auckland, Research Data Alliance in Montreal and Digital Cultural Heritage in Berlin. At THETA the C&C Project team was awarded second place in the competition for best papers for their presentation ‘Enabling better data discovery of records across archives institutions and libraries‘.
  • Cultivated a broad national community around the project, including strong international links, that have informed our successful proposal to support for humanities research in 2018.

We are pleased to announce that the Cultures and Communities project team, led by eRSA, has been awarded funding under the aligned ANDS/RDS/Nectar initiatives to establish a Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (or HASS DEVL).

The team includes a range of partners from organisations include the Australian Data Archive, AURIN, Alveo, the University of Melbourne and Vicnode, Griffith University, AARNet, Uni SA, University of Adelaide and others. The successful project proposal centres around the development of tools, workspaces, collaborative workflows to help with the following research practices:

  • Transcription
  • Text analysis
  • Geocoding

Associated activities will work on the issues of data curation and interoperability, and all activities will be supporting by skill-building opportunities and community building.

The key elements of the project were identified with assistance from the broad range of contributors to the Cultures and Communities project, and were targeted as common areas of work in humanities and social sciences research.  The team are in the early stages of planning but are seeking additional research projects to showcase the tools that will be developed. We would love to hear from you if you are interested in participating, send us an email.

Continue to watch the Cultures and Communities e-newsletter for further updates as the project unfolds.

Alexis Tindall,

Research Engagement Specialist.

Alexis Tindall

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