Cultures & Community Project Update January 2017

Cultures & Community Project Update January 2017
January 31, 2017 Lauren Attana
Email Circle

I am pleased to report on the progress made under the Cultures and Community Project to date as we have made significant achievements in key areas. Our Advisory Board and Technical Advisory Board will meet in Melbourne on the 7th of February, all our project milestones are either complete or on track, and significant project activity is occurring around connectivity improvements, user support, training, events and communications.

About the Cultures and Community team

The project team is made up of five staff from around Australia from the participating institutions:

Michael McGuinness Business Analyst Griffith University
Alexis Tindall Research Engagement Specialist eRSA
Sarah Nisbet Project Manager eRSA
Meredith McCullough Software Carpentry, Communications & Outreach VicNode (University of Melbourne)
Tyne Sumner Software Carpentry, Communications & Outreach VicNode (University of Melbourne)

Project Governance

Advisory Board arranged

Technical Advisory Board arranged

  • List of participants
  • Face to face first meeting being held on the 7th of February after the Advisory Board Meeting

Project milestones

All December milestones have been completed

  • 5.1 Improved data interoperability through Omeka
  • 1.1 Raise awareness of the Cultures and Communities project amongst key audience groups
    • A monthly email newsletter is produced to communicate project success and encourage community participation
      • Please feel free to circulate this newsletter to your audiences if appropriate
  • 1.2 Ensure project progress, new functionality, new capabilities and any events or training are communicated as widely as possible
    • Events and symposiums are held to communicate project successes
  • 2.1 Establish a technical advisory group (as above)

All November milestone have been completed

  • 1.2 Business analysis scope defined for Open API and two reference use cases agreed. Draft Entity (high level classification) cases defined.
  • 1.1 Establish a project Advisory Board (as above)


 Other Project Activity

  • In depth BA discussions held with TAHO and lead developer
  • Abstract submitted to THETA 2017 approved
  • Work begun to investigate the development of a Digital Humanities domain user support portal
  • A solutions design workshop has been arranged in Brisbane for the 24th of February
  • Conversations begun with Alveo regarding reuse of NER workflow
  • Interview with UoM archives about Digitisation Workflows
  • Meeting with Dr. Travis Cox (newly appointed Project Officer of the Digital Studio) re. collaboration between VicNode Digital Humanities projects and the Digital Studio.
  • Preliminary planning for the 2017 program of the Digital Collections Collective (DCC) – a group to meet approx. 4 times a year to discuss digital collections, troubleshooting, common barriers/tools, digitisation workflows, and general collaboration
  • Two preliminary meetings held to discuss the concept of a Time Layered Cultural Map of Australia. This is in its very early stages but could be a useful nexus for lots of different projects/storage/digital tools etc.
  • "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
  • “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
  • “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
  • 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

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