HASS DEVL September Update

HASS DEVL September Update
September 24, 2018 Lauren Attana

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Welcome to the September Tinker update. We hope that you are enjoying the new format of the former Cultures and Communities eNewsletter, and continue to find new and interesting information each month.

It has been a very busy time for the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory project team, and we’re pleased to report significant progress over the last month.

Skills and training

We are pleased to appoint our first cohort of HASS Digital Champions. As mentioned in the June update, we have recruited a team of 12 experienced researchers, many with teaching responsibilities, to participate in a two day intensive train the trainer workshop at the end of October. We were pleased with the response to the invitations to apply, there are an excellent community of humanities, arts and social sciences researchers around the country working on exciting projects. They proved themselves very enthusiastic to build and share their skills and knowledge, which is a good sign for the future of this community.

Materials from that workshop will be shared on the Tinker workbench in the later part of the year, along with other self-guided learning materials developed during the project.

Tyne Daile Sumner, University of Melbourne, and Alexis Tindall, eRSA, are sharing our community based approach to capacity building at this week’s Digital Humanities Australasia conference in Adelaide. We will also be presenting a lightning talk on what we’ve learned through this program at eResearch Australasia.

Data curation

The data curation team has reported great progress over the last two months.

The Australian Data Archive (ADA) has worked with AURIN to migrate 1981, 1986, 1991 and 1996 census data into the AURIN environment, giving access through the AURIN portal and AURIN APIs. Census data in AURIN has been georeferenced and geocoded, using boundary data, making it possible for researchers to map and analyse data to explore shifts across the country for the last 35 years.

The workflow for this process is being documented and generalised, which will improve interoperability for other data between the nationally significant ADA and AURIN platforms.

In addition to this, Alveo has been working to integrate with Voyant, a useful and approachable tool that enables text analysis without advanced coding skills. Learn more about this integration on the Alveo blog.

Alveo have also been working with the Trove team on analysis of Australian Government Gazettes data. The Australian Government Gazettes are the Commonwealth Government’s official publication notifying the public of government business, and record significant events, military awards, bankruptcies and naturalisations, as well as other information of interest to researchers. Alveo and Trove have been working on named entity recognition analysis of the Gazettes and other significant material. Steve Cassidy, of Alveo, is sharing their progress using Jupyter notebooks on github.

Ingrid Mason, AARNet, is leading the data curation team in capturing their progress with reference datasets and interoperability challenges through a Data Curation Framework that will be released through the Tinker workbench later in the year. This will also be the source of a researcher-focussed data curation primer.

Tinker workbench environment

You can explore a prototype of the Tinker workbench at any time through www.tinker.edu.au. This is a work in progress and is changing weekly. In recent weeks we’ve gained access to the EcoCloud app framework, which we will integrate with our workbench site in order to provide a space for sharing Jupyter notebooks, accessing tools including the From the Page transcription service and our soon-to-be-released geocoding chooser.

That site will also share aids to accessing those tools, including user recipes and case studies.

Stay tuned to future editions of the Tinker eNewsletter for notice of new functionality.

Community engagement

Our Digital Humanities Pathways 2018 series is continuing. You can read a recap of the Hobart DH Pathways event here, and check out some snaps below! 

Registrations are open for Melbourne DH Pathways on Friday October 12 and Brisbane DH Pathways 26 October. Save the date for events in Canberra (26 November) and Sydney (7 December).

Also catch us at Birds of a Feather and other presentations at eResearch Australasia.

As usual, stay tuned to the Tinker eNewsletter for all the latest!

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