Cultures & Communities November 2017 Update

Cultures & Communities November 2017 Update
November 24, 2017 Chris Button

As the Cultures and Communities project comes to a close we have rolled out the last of our current round of Digital Humanities Pathways events, while the team prepares for the next phase of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences research support in 2018.

  • The Sydney Digital Humanities Pathways forum took place at Macquarie University Library on Friday 10 November. It attracted around 60 attendees and was a productive day. You can read a full recap of the day here.
  • We’re gearing up for our final Digital Humanities Pathways event for 2017, taking place in Hobart on Friday 1 December. Register here so you don’t miss out!
  • We delivered our closure report for the A1.6 Cultures and Communities Transition Phase project, which was well received by our funders Research Data Services. This report described the successful delivery of an Open API to enable 360° data sharing between research projects and source archives, the establishment of the Digital Humanities User Support Portal, and a range of other activities to encourage and facilitate humanities data sharing. The report described the broad cross-section of the humanities research and related communities that had participated in our advisory, technical and project groups, and the wide-ranging reach of our Digital Humanities Pathways events and workshops.

Our upcoming Hobart event is the final in the current series of six Digital Humanities Pathways delivered around the country. These events have attracted more than 350 people overall, bringing together a great group of humanities researchers, librarians, archivists and others from the GLAM sector, the learned academies, professional associations, eResearch support professionals and many others. Discussion at these events has been vibrant and positive, which has helped to inform the thinking of the Cultures and Communities governance and project teams as we move towards new projects in 2018.

The next stage of the Cultures and Communities project is well on its way. The team is working on a Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory with investment from the aligned RDS, ANDS and Nectar facilities. Project planning has drawn on the work of the Cultures and Communities team to identify tools and opportunities to accelerate research outcomes that are common across humanities and social sciences researchers, which will be leveraged across many participating partners and projects. This project will explore themes around data curation, interoperability and the flow of data between tools and platforms, and establishing a HASS workbench, amongst other things.  

The Cultures and Communities newsletter remains the best place to find the latest updates and we look forward to making further announcements about this project soon!  

Alexis Tindall,

Research Engagement Specialist.

Alexis Tindall

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