HASS DEVL October Update

HASS DEVL October Update
October 29, 2018 Lauren Attana

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October’s Tinker Update

As we rocket into the final stages of the 2018 HASS DEVL project, there are many developments to report. As well as delivering a number of public events, the team are bringing the threads together to deliver and test the Tinker workbench and associated material.

Digital Humanities Pathways

During October we have delivered Digital Humanities Pathways events in Melbourne and Brisbane. Across these two events more than 120 attendees heard from a selection of speakers to inform and inspire around current activities in digital humanities, and the collections, data and eResearch community supporting those activities. Melbourne highlights include Associate Professor Paul Gruba’s scene-setting poem as part of a discussion on big humanities data, stimulating discussion around skills, tools and data, and a showcase or projects in development and a closing session around digital pedagogy. The Brisbane event held at QUT’s Digital Media Research Centre was very well attended, with interesting discussions around the infrastructure and policy landscape, including an open discussion around the priorities for national collaboration, led by the ARDC, as well as opportunities to hear what is happening in the GLAM sector and amazing project demonstrations including the latest from the Prosecution Project and Eve Klein’s stunning performance Vocal Womb. Read a recap of the Melbourne event here, and we will share a recap of the Brisbane event in our November newsletter.

Data Curation

During this month our HASS DEVL Steering Committee approved the scope document for the data curation framework, clearing the way for finalisation of this document to explore, document and recommend improved data curation practices. The team are presently scheduling consultations to test the basis and use of that document with data providers and researchers in Melbourne and Adelaide during November. Please contact us if you’re interested in being involved.

In addition, the team are extending their work on named entity recognition analysis of Trove Australian Government Gazettes data to the Aboriginal Advocate journal. This is less structured data than the Gazettes, so is offering interesting observations in contrast to the previous analysis. That work is accessible on github and case studies/ recipes generated by that work will be accessible through the Tinker workbench in coming weeks.

Tinker workbench

The workbench team are in the final stages of bringing together the Alveo Voyant implementation, the AURIN development geocoder chooser, which will also access AURIN’s geocoders, and the surrounding material to make the workbench functional. User testing is scheduled to commence from November 20, so developers are on the final sprint to be ready for that.


Tinker project team members were very busy during the recent eResearch Australasia conference, an annual gathering of the eResearch community to highlight developments, opportunities and new directions in supporting research. As well as delivering a Birds of Feather session about the HASS DEVL project, a lightning talk around our skills and training initiatives, and sharing our experience delivering the Pathways program, team members contributed to workshops on using Jupyter notebooks, research data repositories, and discussions around managing and accessing sensitive data. 

Discussions at the conference looked to the future of research infrastructure support, including how we can build on these initial investments in the humanities, arts and social sciences community, and there was exciting discussion around further collaboration across discipline specific projects.

Looking forward

Our HASS Digital Champions will gather in Melbourne in coming days for their two day train the trainer workshop, and we are working towards delivering a Digital Humanities Pathways event in Sydney as part of DH Downunder. We are also working on a 10 HASS Data Things adaptation of ARDC’s 23 research data things document, which will be released through the Tinker workbench in coming weeks.


Beyond that, it is not yet certain but seems likely that the HASS DEVL project will continue in 2019, with discussions around extensions presently underway. 

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