On 11 and 12 January, the Cultures and Communities’ Business Analyst, Michael McGuinness visited the Tasmanian State Library and Archives & Heritage Office (TAHO) to exchange ideas and discuss opportunities for the project’s development. Archivist and Librarian, Caroline Homer explained the Library’s digitization processes undertaken on historical artefacts, the systems used for documenting the collections, and the standards for deployment to a public discovery interface. TAHO also hosts a complex Names Index, which includes fascinating historical data for convicts arriving in Australia.
The Cultures and Communities project aims to enable archives, cultural heritage institutions and research projects to share standardised data and bring together dispersed data collections to truly enhance the research experience. The first API use case between eRSA, the Prosecutions Project at Griffith University and TAHO will focus on these convict records, which are notoriously difficult for researchers and family historians to trace as they as they are often widely distributed. The API would enhance the records that exist for one particular convict, for example, in all participating archives, thereby greatly improving access to previously dispersed information.
Further discussion on the development of the API will take place at the project workshop in Brisbane on 24 February.
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