Cultures and Community Project 2017

Cultures and Community Project 2017
January 31, 2017 Lauren Attana

About the Cultures and Community Project

Coordinated by eRSA in collaboration with Griffith University, VicNode (UoM), Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office, Queensland State Archives and other participating institutions, the Cultures & Communities (C&C) project is as part of a national project to provide research support to the Cultures and Communities sector.

The project aims were to: 

  • Deliver a data-sharing API
  • Build a Digital Humanities network
  • Encourage community participation
  • Provide a consolidated and sustainable user support service

For more information about the project and API, view our poster here or read the full paper on Enabling better data discovery of records across archives, institutions and libraries here.

The project successfully delivered the API and promoted its use widely to researchers and colleague organisations in the C&C research communities. For more information on the outcomes of the project, please see the Extracts from the Project Completion Report here.

About the Cultures and Community team

The project team is made up of six staff from the participating National institutions:

Michael McGuinness
Business Analyst
Griffith University

Sarah Nisbet

Sarah Nisbet
Project Manager

Alexis Tindall

Alexis Tindall
Research Engagement Specialist

Meredith McCullough
Software Carpentry, Communications & Outreach,

Tyne Sumner 

Software Carpentry, Communications & Outreach,

Jan Hettenhausen
Senior Programmer/Web Developer,
Griffith University


Advisory Board

Professor Richard Maltby

Professor Mark Finnane

Caroline Homer

Dr Kylie Brass

Cathie Oats

Professor Hamish Maxwell-Stewart

Professor Paul Arthur

Technical Advisory Board

Elycia Wallis

Lyle Winton

Sathish Sathya Moorthy

  • “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
  • “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
  • 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
  • "The eRSA support is very personal and solution-focused and not just a brushing off 'it's-your-fault-check-your-code' kind of support which one sometimes gets from University tech supports. I very much appreciate the help."  
    Sven SchellenbergSchool of Science, RMIT University
  • “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
  • "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

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