Cultures & Communities August-September 2017 Update

Cultures & Communities August-September 2017 Update
September 27, 2017 Chris Button

During August and September, there have been many opportunities to raise awareness of our project, and build further local and international links. We are continuing to build support for Cultures and Communities across the humanities, arts and social sciences research community.

  • We are pleased to announce our next Digital Humanities Pathways event will be in Sydney on Friday 10 November 2017, at the Macquarie Uuniversity Library. Invitations will be circulated through the eRSA Cultures and Communities distribution list closer to the date.
  • We held a Digital Humanities Pathways event in Canberra, which was completely booked out! An excellent gathering of researchers, representatives from the GLAM sector, and other colleague organisations enjoyed a day of stimulating discussion and showcases of exciting humanities projects using digital tools. You can read a recap of the event here. Keep your eye on future Cultures and Communities updates, we are planning further events in Hobart before the end of the year and Perth in early 2018.

Project Manager Sarah Nisbet addressing the Canberra Digital Humanities Pathways forum at the ANU Menzies Library


Tim Sherratt, University of Canberra, wowed the audience with #redactionart cookies, as well as an interesting talk about alternative access points for archival data at the Canberra Digital Humanities Pathways event (photo: Lucinda Davidson @lucindadavison)

  • Alexis Tindall, our Research Engagement Specialist, and Jan Hettenhausen, our developer from Griffith University joined Tyne Daile Sumner, our Cultures and Communities Engagement Officer to present Open archives, Open minds: Increasing the value of data through shared collections at the University of Melbourne Digital Studio on 31 August.

Jan Hettenhausen, Cultures and Communities developer from Griffith University, talking through the Open API that helps return research outputs to source archives at the Open Archives, Open Minds event (photo: Tyne Daile Sumner, @tynedaile )

  • We have created the Digital Humanities User Support Portal. We intend this to be a community space for sharing platforms, tools, ideas and training opportunities. The site is in the very early stages of development and we would appreciate your feedback or ideas for additional content. Watch that space, as further content and training opportunities will be rolled out in the new year.
  • Mark Finnane, Griffith University, has been busy talking about their work in developing the Open API to facilitate 360° data sharing between researchers and archives, as part of presentations on the Prosecution Project. He has presented at UTS Faculty of Law event Law and History: The Archives, Ethics and Aesthetics, a conference held as part of the Digital Panopticon and in a public talk at the Queensland State Archives. You can watch his QSA talk here.
  • Sarah Nisbet, our C&C Project Manager has also been spreading the word about our successful project, presenting to the Digital Cultural Heritage conference in Berlin. Sarah presented two sessions, one on ‘Unlocking Australian Archives’, and one that explored our experience working on the Cultures and Communities project titled ‘A Framework for Managing Successful Distributed Collaborative Teams in a Digital Humanities Context’. The presentations were well received and established links to large scale European humanities data sharing and research projects that will be valuable as we move towards the next stage of this project.
  • Sarah has also chaired a ‘Birds of a Feather’ session at the 10th Research Data Alliance Plenary in Montreal on ‘Identifying common services across the Digital Humanities sector and the underlying standards’. This session brought together GLAM sector staff, digital humanities researchers, data managers, librarians and other training and support staff to identify common workflows, standards and services in this sector, identify examples of training, skill-building opportunities and support, and discuss opportunities for future international collaboration in this area.
  • Finally, a meeting of the Cultures and Communities Advisory Board was held in Canberra on the 6th. This is the final Advisory Board meeting for this stage of the Cultures and Communities project, but we anticipate building on that helpful, collaborative and representative body as we plan for the next stage of research infrastructure support in this area.

As all this has continued, we have been working closely with our partners and community to plan for the next stages 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

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