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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    Associate Professor Con DoolanSchool of Mechanical Engineering, University of Adelaide
  • "eResearch capabilities ... ensure we can continue to use the latest methods available in our field. The hope is that through the use of these technologies, we will be able to achieve some research outcomes that may otherwise not have been possible.”  
    Professor Ina Bornkessel-SchlesewskyCognitive Neuroscience, UniSA
  • “Having access to greater computer power helps us put in place a more realistic model in terms of the number of atoms you can have in the system and that improves the predictive power of the calculations.”
    Professor Andrea GersonMinerals and Materials Science & Technology
  • “The supercomputing facilities at eResearch SA permit analysis of a host of interesting problems in evolutionary biology. It is the only computer system in SA that can perform certain complex calculations required to infer large evolutionary trees and associated patterns of evolution.”  
    Associate Professor Michael LeeSouth Australian Museum
  • On using an eResearch program to complete 3D modelling of architectural records: “We were able to build an interactive, photo image model of the [historical South Australian property Joseph Elliot’s cottage] home – transforming simple sketches and floor plans into an interactive 3D experience... what we have now is a computerised model that allows us to experience the Elliott house beyond just words on paper”.
    Associate Professor Christine Garnaut
  • "The eRSA support is very personal and solution-focused and not just a brushing off 'it's-your-fault-check-your-code' kind of support which one sometimes gets from University tech supports. I very much appreciate the help."  
    Sven SchellenbergSchool of Science, RMIT University

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