Cultures & Communities October 2017 Update

Cultures & Communities October 2017 Update
October 27, 2017 Chris Button

Throughout October we have continued to raise awareness of the Cultures and Communities project, building on the relationships enabled by the project, as we progress towards the next stage of collaborative research infrastructure support for the humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS) community in Australia.

  • We have continued planning for our Sydney Digital Humanities Pathways event, which will take place at Macquarie University Library on Friday 10 November. We have a great program lined up, with involvement from various Sydney universities, and representatives of the local GLAM sector coming on board as well. Register here to make sure you secure your place.
  • We’re also excited to announce the next Digital Humanities Pathways event will take place in Hobart on Friday 1 December! We’re presently working on the program for that day, and your input is welcome. Register your interest in attending or speaking, or suggest speakers here.

eRSA Chief Operating Officer Sarah Nisbet (far right) presenting at the HASS Birds of a Feather session at eResearch Australasia 2017

Throughout this, we continue to build partnerships in this growing community as we plan for the next stage of our project. Be sure to keep an eye out for upcoming Cultures and Communities newsletters for the latest updates.

Alexis Tindall,

Research Engagement Specialist.

Alexis Tindall

  • “Open source intelligence is about extracting information from blogs, news sites and social media platforms, any information that can be freely accessed online. There’s way too much information out there for an individual or group of people to comprehend, so we have created automated tools to allow our users to extract the data they need...access to the latest technology allow[s] us to continue to provide the best platforms to our end-users.”
    David BlockowData to Decisions CRC
  • 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
  • “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 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
  • “It would be impossible to do the type of research that we’re doing without them – it is a major factor in achieving our research outcomes.”  
    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

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