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2011 Australian Floods – Current Status of Galleries Libraries Archives and Museums

The rains from 23 December through to mid-January have resulted in exceptional flooding in many parts of central and southern Queensland as well as Victoria and parts of northern New South Wales. As these floods had the potential to pose potential risks for heritage institutions in these areas CAN approached its Partner institutions in flood affected areas to ascertain if they had sustained any damage to their buildings or collections.

Much of the ground work has already been done by the Australian Library Information Association, the Australian Institute for the Conservation of Cultural Material, Museums Australia, MA Nexus Q-Dis and particularly Museum & Gallery Services Queensland who provided the material for most of this list. CAN would also like to acknowledge the work of all those involved in putting together this information to enable the following list to be compiled.

Download the Google map based on most of the data

A pdf of the following list
2011 Flood Galleries Libraries Museums Archives

Artisan Gallery
21/1 – OK at Fortitude Valley but the South Bank store is still without power and will remain closed for another week.
From the artisan blog

Australian Catholic University Gallery
OK
Email from CAN

Brookfield District Museum
Flooding in surrounding areas, but the Museum and Showgrounds are OK.
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Commissariat Store Museum
15/1 – Water main burst in front of the building itself, took out the 1913 concrete retaining wall, which in turn caused the collapse of the convict-built retaining wall at the back of the Store. The falling debris punched a hole in the back wall of The Store itself. No damage to any of our collection, and everything in the building is secure. No flood water has entered the Store at all, though there is mud all through the yard from the burst water main, and rubble on the ground floor.

20/1 – Still no power. Cement block from retaining wall will be removed shortly, then repairs to the building can start. Collection is safe. Museum will hopefully reopen in approx 6 months.
From email Carolyn Nolan, President RHSQ, posted to Q-DIS.
Phone conversation with M&GSQ and Christina Michie, RHSQ

Cultural Centre, Brisbane (incl. QM, QAG | GoMA, SLQ, QPAC)
All State collections are fine. The assessment of damage and safety issues from flooding to lower levels and carparks, clean up and phased reinstatement of services is now underway.

21/1 – Queensland Museum, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art, State Library of Qld, Queensland Performing Arts Centre buildings at South Bank remain closed to the public until further notice, following the recent flood.
Update from Arts Qld on Q-DIS

Customs House
OK
Phone call Deannah Veith, MOB Heritage Officer

Mercy Heritage Centre
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Minerals Heritage Museum
OK. Water went to the bottom of their stairs.
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Miegunyah House Museum
OK
Deannah Veith
Museum of Brisbane
Museum is OK. The collection at Moorooka is OK as well.
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Newstead House
OK
Deannah Veith

Nundah & District Historical Society
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Old Government House
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

QCA Gallery
OK
Email from CAN

Queensland Maritime Museum
15/1 – Diamantina floated clear of her blocks and 2 small leaks were subsequently detected – a pocket of air was trapped in Carpentaria and she has rolled to a 45 deg angle. The Museum experienced approximately 30cm water through the ground floor admin and displays. The workshops and boat display experienced approx 10cm flooding. There has been an extensive deposit of mud everywhere.

20/1 -Open to the public.
Email from Ian Jempson, posted to Q-DiS Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Queensland Police Museum
OK
Q-DIS

QUT Art Museum
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

UQ Antiquities Museum collection
Located in the basement of the Art Museum and is being monitored as any time without air conditioning and air circulation increases the risk of mould developing.
Update from Kath Kerswell, Collection Coordinator, UQ Art Museum posted to Q-DIS

UQ Art Museum
The UQ Art Museum Collection is fine.
Update from Kath Kerswell, Collection Coordinator, UQ Art Museum posted to Q-DIS

Victoria Barracks Historical Society- Fortitude Valley
OK but closed for a month while collections are returned.
Deannah Veith

Windsor & District Historical Society
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Abbey Museum of Art & Archaeology
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Caboolture Historical Village – including Restoration Society
OK, no damage
Info from CAN & phone call with M&GSQ

Pine Rivers Art Gallery
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Tamborine Mt. Heritage Centre
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Ipswich Art Gallery
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Ipswich Historical Society
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Workshops Rail Museum
OK
Email to M&GSQ

USQ Historical Archives
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Athlone Cottage, Jandowae
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Australian Education Heritage Museum, Toowoomba (soon to be opened to public)
Water entered their storage building and display area. Some larger museum artefacts in the display area got wet but these will only need cleaning.
In the storage building, water seeped in and soaked boxes of books and papers, some paintings, furniture and display structures. These are currently being dried out.
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Booringa Heritage Museum at Mitchell
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Bowenville Park History & Heritage Association, railway building
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Catholic Church Archives ( TMBA)
Fine
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Charleville Historical Society
No news

Chinchilla Museum
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Chinchilla White Gums Gallery
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Cobb & Co Changing Station at Surat
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Cobb & Co Museum
1 foot of water through the new section of the building flooding the coffee shop, book shop and the factory. Fortunately the collections are all ok.
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Crows Nest Historical Society
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Customs House Musuem, Goondiwindi
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Dalby Pioneer Park Museum
Grounds flooded but buildings and collection OK
Info From CAN

Dalby Regional Gallery
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Dawson Folk Museum, Theodore
Collection is fine
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Dogwood Crossing @ Miles
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

DownsSteam Tourist Railway & Museum
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Gatton & District Historical Society Inc,
OK
Report form CAN & C Ianna

Glennie School Archive
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Goondiwindi & District Historical Society
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Highfields Pioneer Village
Minor damage to the grounds but the collections are fine.
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Inglewood & District Historical Society
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Juandah Homestead, Wandoan
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Leyburn Historical Society
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Maclagan Memories Museum
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Main Roads Heritage Centre, Toowoomba
Some mould in the collections on display. No damage to collections stored at Darra, Barcaldine and Cairns
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Meandarra ANZAC Memorial Museum
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Miles Historical Village
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Millmerran Museum
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Milne Bay Military Museum
Had some roof leaks but the collection is fine
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Museum of Australian Army Flying
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Nobby Forge & Vintage Museum
Isolated but collection is fine
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Nobby Heritage & Development Assoc.’s Hall and Railway Station buildings
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Oakey Historical Museum Society
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Pittsworth Pioneer Village
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Roma and District Historical Society
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

t. George Heritage Centre
21/1 – Still on tender hooks. The water has come up as far as the blacksmith building, and around the steam engine. All the low artefacts have been moved up and they are now waiting for the second peak.
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

St Vincent's Hospital Archives
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Tara & District Historical Museum
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Templin Historical Village at Boonah
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Texas Historical Society
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Toowoomba & Darling Downs Family History Society
The collection is fine. Some trouble with the earth wall, collapsed three times since Christmas, cascading mud and gravel across their property, up the ramp, and under the building. This blocked the main drain and undermined their tank, which is leaning with its down pipe broken. In addition, a Council drain pipe that runs under the footpath developed a leak and the footpath immediately beside their driveway caved in and water eroded under their driveway.
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Toowoomba Fire Brigade Historical Society
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Toowoomba First Aid & Ambulance History Group
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Toowoomba Grammar Museum & Archive
Fine
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Toowoomba Historical Society
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Toowoomba Hospital Medicine & Medical Museum
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Toowoomba Local History Library
6 litres of water in their archive room. They lost 8 items, mostly from the 1990s. All under control now.
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Toowoomba Regional Art Gallery
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

USQ Historical Archives
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Warwick Art Gallery
Activated their disaster plan twice. OK
Email to M&GSQ

Gympie Gold Mining & Historical Museum
One room flooded; collection moved out and yet to be put back; damage to be confirmed
Phone call M&GSQ

Gympie Regional Gallery
OK, no damage
Phone call M&GSQ

Valley Rattler – Mary Valley Heritage Railway Museum Association
Damage to railway line $4000; now operating again but loss to revenue stream due to reduced patronage
Phone call M&GSQ

Woodworks Forestry & Timber Museum
OK
Phone call M&GSQ

Wondai Gallery
OK
Phone conversation with M&GSQ

Wondai Museum
OK
Email Vicki Warden, posted to Q-DIS

Australian Sugar Cane Railway
Damage to tracks; train can't operate; train station and storage shed flooded
Phone call M&GSQ

Bundaberg & District Historical & Museum Society Inc.
OK – no water in museums but Botannical Gardens flooded & lots of damage
Phone call M&GSQ

Bundaberg Regional Art Gallery
OK
Phone call M&GSQ

Fairymead House Sugar Museum
OK
Phone call M&GSQ

Hinkler House Memorial Museum and Research Association Inc.
OK
Phone call M&GSQ

Hinkler Hall of Aviation
OK
Phone call M&GSQ

Brennan & Geraghty's Store Museum
Above flood level but has experienced moisture being drawn up into the building through the ground – this dried out through the museum being open.
Post Ken Brooks, Q-DIS

Grand Shirl's Doll Museum
Above flood level
Post Ken Brooks, Q-DIS

Historic Baddow House
Situated above the flood level but has minimal damage to gardens.
Post Ken Brooks, Q-DIS

Mavis Bank House
Situated close to the river and had water near its ground level – most of the problems were from humidity.
Post Ken Brooks, Q-DIS

Military & Colonial Museum
OK
Post Ken Brooks, Q-DIS

The Bond Store Museum
The Bond Store Museum had the lower level innundated but items were removed, damage cleanup is mostly in removing mud
Post Ken Brooks, Q-DIS

Banana Shire Historical Society
OK, no damage
Phone call M&GSQ

Baralaba History Group
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Biloela Library Art Space
OK, no damage
Phone call M&GSQ

Capricorn Coast Historical Society
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

CQ Family History Association
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

CQ University Art Collection
OK Facilitlies managment sandbagged and moved collection items to next level but water did not enter building.
Email Holly Grech-Fitzgerald
CQ University Art Collection Officer

Dawson Folk Museum, Theodore
Collection is fine
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Emerald Art Gallery
OK
Phone call M&GSQ

Emerald & District Historical Society
The pioneer cottage housing the museum displays just survived the rising floodwaters with water up to the floorboards but not coming inside. A shipping container holding some objects did go under.
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Gladstone Maritime Museum
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Gladstone Regional Art Gallery & Museum
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Joskeleigh Soth Sea Islander Museum
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Moura Coal and Country Historical Society
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Mt Morgan Museum
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Rockhampton & District Historical Society
The council placed pumps under the floorboards and sandbagged/sealed doors, vents, etc which kept water out of the inside even though it rose to about 30cm above floor level. Need to monitor the collection for mould etc over the coming weeks.

18/1 – The power is still disconnected and some cleaning will need to be done before the collection is put back into place. Council has already pressure-cleaned the verandahs and laid gravel around the building so it is accessible without having to slip and slide through mud. This will enable some of the older volunteers to return safely to the site as well.
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Sarina Museum
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Taroom Museum
OK
Post Bronwyn Roper, MDO C QLD, Q-DIS

Casterton & District Historical Society
OK
CAN

Warracknabeal Historic Centre
OK
CAN

Rochester Historical & Pioneer Museum
Of the four buildings 3 have had knee water flow through them. All the best colections have been moved to the unaffected fourth building. The local Council has been cleaning buildings with volunteers and help from Echucah Historical Society. The Machinery and wagons are being dried out and paper based frozen in glad wrap.
CAN

Echuca Historical Society
?
CAN

Port Echuca
?
CAN

Shepparton Art Gallery
OK
CAN

Shepparton Historical Society
OK
CAN

Glenelg Libraries
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Central Highlands Regional Library Clunes
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Warracknabeal Branch Library
FD
Australian Library Information Association

Goldfields Library Corporation
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Dept of Premier and Cabinet Library Brisbane
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Fairfield Brisbane City Council Libraries
FD
Australian Library Information Association

New Farm Brisbane City Council Libraries
FD
Australian Library Information Association

Stones Corner Brisbane City Council Libraries
FD
Australian Library Information Association

Central Queensland University Library Brisbane
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Australian Catholic University
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Queensland University of Technology
OK
Australian Library Information Association

CSIRO Libraries Cunningham Library
OK
Australian Library Information Association

CSIRO Libraries Pullenvale
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Southbank Institute of Tafe library
OK
Australian Library Information Association

State Library of Queensland
FD
Australian Library Information Association

Thomas Dixon Centre Brisbane
OK
Australian Library Information Association

CSIRO Libraries Dutton Park
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Giffith University Conservatorium of Music library
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Griffith University College of Art library
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Logan City Council Libraries
OK

Australian Library Information Association
CSIRO Libraries Cleveland
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Central Queensland University Library Gold Coast
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Bond University
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Esk Library
FD
Australian Library Information Association

Laidley Library
FD
Australian Library Information Association

Gatton Library
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Toowoomba Hospital Medicine & Medical Museum
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Darling Downs Catholic Church Archives
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Toowoomba Australian Education Heritage Museum
FD
Australian Library Information Association

Toowoomba Local History Library
FD
Australian Library Information Association

Leyburn Historical Society
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Warwick Library
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Goondiwindi Library
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Western Downs Regional Library Chinchilla Dalby
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Western Downs Regional Library Moonie
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Western Downs Regional Library Jandowae
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Western Downs Regional Library Bell
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Western Downs Regional Library Dogwood Crossing
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Western Downs Regional Library Meandarra
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Fraser Coast Regional Library Tiaro
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Fraser Coast Regional Library Hervey Bay
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Fraser Coast Regional Library Howard
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Fraser Coast Regional Library Burrum Heads
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Bundaberg Regional Library Service
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Central Queensland University Library Bundaberg
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Central Queensland University Library Gladstone
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Central Queensland University Library Rockhapmton
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Central Queensland University Library Emerald
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Emerald Shire Library
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Central Queensland University Library Mackay
OK
Australian Library Information Association

Townsville City Libraries
OK
Australian Library Information Association

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2011 Disaster Management – Conservation Resources

There are numerous sites from across the Galleries Libraries Archives and Museum sector offering advice on how to deal with water damage and CAN has compiled a list of some of these below.

NOTE: advice on the correct handling of water damaged photographs by freezing while sound for paper based photographs is not correct for glass plate negatives.

• Advise on stabilising and drying methods from the NSW State Records office
http://www.records.nsw.gov.au/recordkeeping/government-recordkeeping-manual/guidance/guidelines/guideline-5/guideline-5-appendix-6

• Library of Congress – Emergency drying procedures for water damaged collections

• Sate Library of Queensland Salvaging water damaged collections

• Conservation Centre For Art and Historical Artefacts – Salvaging art on paper

• Conservation Centre For Art and Historical Artefacts – Salvaging books

• Conservation Centre For Art and Historical Artefacts – Salvaging photographic collections

• American Institute of Conservation – Salvaging photographs after the flood

• AICCM – Information, Factsheets on salvaging keepsakes and records after floods

• The Image Permanence Institute – A consumer guide for the recovery of water-damaged traditional and digital prints

• National Archives of Australia – Recovering flood damaged records

• National Archives (USA) – Saving family treasures guidelines

• National Film & Sound Archive – Stabilising audiovisual objects affected by floods

• Canadian Heritage Emergency Treatment of Water-Damaged Paintings on Canvas

• American Institute of Conservation – Tips for the Care for Water-Damaged Family Heirlooms and Other Valuables

• American Institute of Conservation – Salvaging Water Damaged Textiles
• U.S. National Park Centre – Emergency treatment for water soaked furniture

• Northeast documentation centre http://www.nedcc.org/resources/leaflets/3Emergency_Management/08SalvageMoldyBooks.php

Another useful resource is the book just published by Heritage Preservation Implementing the Incident Command System at the Institutional Level: A Handbook for Libraries, Archives, Museums, and Other Cultural Repositories, by David Carmicheal, Director of the Georgia Division of Archives and History, and published in cooperation with RescuingRecords.com.

YouTube & Video Conservation Resources of Interest

Smithsonian how to remove your photographs from a sticky album

Smithsonian how to store your photographs

Salem Witch Museum repairing water damage to old masonry

Salem Witch Museum Restoration Project: Roger Tremblay demonstrates casting stone

Cleaning water damaged mobile phone LCD

How to fix a wet cell phone

Heritage Conservation U.S. – Coping with Water Damage 10 min video for museums archives and libraries

Disaster Management Plans

Unesco disaster Recovery Plan

A Disaster Recovery Plan for The Australian National Herbarium
Canberra
May 2008 A. Newey, B. Lepschi & J.Croft

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CAN GLAM Sector News Nov 24 Dec 6 2010

This is my pick of the week – Phylo – free online interactive game that uses players in the community to help decipher the origins of genetic diseases. The game resembles a horizontal tetris but is actually doing some serious scientific work in the background. Genetic sequences are difficult to understand and so to decipher their structure, we need to compare them to detect any similar regions they may have. Similar regions may indicate important elements of our genetic code. We have several genomes to align and we call this the multiple alignment problem. In essence this enables you to help scientists solve these problems by moving coloured squares around. Have a look at it at http://phylo.cs.mcgill.ca/eng/index.html

The Victoria & Albert museum commission author of Girl with a Pearl Earring to write short story based on their Quilts: 1700 – 2010 exhibition http://tinyurl.com/37zwc38

Are you a volunteer in Victoria? Take the Victorian Volunteer Survey at La Trobe University and you could win http://bit.ly/e1esuY

A good article on the Tate’s Online Strategy can be found in its research journal 2010–12 http://tinyurl.com/2dkrhpb

Why Gawker is moving beyond the blog. Layout changes include moving the blog scroll, to the right column, still prominent but subordinate; that reverse-chronological listing of the latest stories goes from about two thirds of the active area of the front door down to one third; and only headlines are displayed. Every inside page will hew to the same template as the front page. No matter whether the visitor keys in the site address or arrives from the side by a link on Facebook or elsewhere, he or she will be greeted not just by a story but by an index of other recent items. http://lifehac.kr/fazvVM2011

Bob Dylan’s Handwritten Lyrics for “The Times They are A-Changin’” went up for sale at Sotheby’s in New York City at an estimated value of $200,000 to $300,000 http://twurl.nl/qorblr

The State Library of NSW rare first edition of The prophet went on show http://www.sl.nsw.gov.au/events/exhibitions/future.html

Upcoming Exhibition On the 21 January 2011 london’s Art Sensus will showing the first comprehensive gallery exhibition devoted to the artist’s Rodchenko’s photographic work. Curated by John Milner, Rodchenko and his Circle will feature three hundred powerful photographs revealing the artist’s response to Communism in relation to the professional photographers he worked with: Naum S. Granovsky, Simon Fridland, Max Alpert, Evgeni Khaldei and Georgii Zelma. http://bit.ly/eMx7jP

I really liked this idea which saw Paula Hayes’ living terrariums installed at the Museum of Modern Art http://tinyurl.com/2fc46cx

Australian Woman’s Weekly 1933-1982 search online at National Library Trove. I have been a bit late picking up on this resource which has been on TROVE for sometime but its a great resource. http://trove.nla.gov.au/ndp/del/title/112

The Australian Communications and Media Authority (the ACMA) is commencing a review of the Telemarketing Industry Standard and has released a discussion paper which you can find at http://www.acma.gov.au/WEB/STANDARD/pc=PC_312376

Tracking a rare tortoise? The latest example is an iPhone app called Mojave Desert Tortoise, which people can use to help researchers preserve the endangered species it is named after. With the app, visitors to the Mojave Desert (which stretches between California, Nevada, Utah and Arizona) can take photos of any desert tortoises they happen to encounter. The app adds GPS data to the photo and sends it to researchers at the Mojave Desert Ecosystem Program (MDEP) and Desert Managers Group. The information will then be used to track the turtles’ movements and habits. The data will also eventually be made public online. http://tinyurl.com/39eatb7

While we think we are consuming large amounts of data now the Science Daily believes the increased availability and access of broadband around the world could have serious energy implications for a society that is living within environmental limits. New research has analysed the potential future demand for downloaded data worldwide in 2030 will be around 3,200 MB a day per person and use around 1,175 Gigawatts of energy http://tinyurl.com/29hwre6

Something for the Christmas stocking for Sale by Tender HMS Invincible aircraft carrier 17000 Tonnes http://tinyurl.com/2eth37b

The Turner Prize winner for 2010 was announced. Susan Philipsz sound work of her singing an old Scottish song won the day. http://tinyurl.com/32tqcbu

The Australia Council announced some of its funded projects: residency in Antarctica, group exhibition in Croatia, Castlemaine Biennal. More at http://bit.ly/f4ZEvv

JuliensAuctions in Hollywood sold some Michal Jackson memorabilia this week included were his Smooth Criminal fedora which sold for $72,000 and a glove for 330,000. http://fb.me/HzWYpBmZ ps. An X-ray of Albert Einstein’s brain sold for 38,750

4 Photo Sharing Alternatives to Flickr and Facebook – http://on.mash.to/eQgskw

December 2 was the International Day of People with Disability

MOMA announce brief series on collectible contemporary art editions commissioned by trustee Peter Norton. http://bit.ly/eAvwBz

The Sew South Wales Government announced a plan to explore the use of Social Impact Bonds in which private enterprise invests in community-based projects. http://tinyurl.com/336a6my

In America the National Archives & Nat Tech Info Service have reached an agreement preserve digital Scientific Records http://tinyurl.com/2aq4sxd

Dürer’s Conserved Adam and Eve Unveiled at the Prado blog and photos http://tinyurl.com/25hh6me

The HornsbyCouncil in Sydney’s new website went live: http://www.hornsby.nsw.gov.au

Position Vacant Records Officer Remuneration, City of Wagga Wagga, Closing Date: Wed 15 December 2010 http://tinyurl.com/38wrat6

Historical Researcher, Canberra, Historical Publications and Information Section http://tinyurl.com/332eszf

Position Vacant Project Manager, Gen Operations Dept of Culture & Arts Perth, Closing Date Mon 20 Dec 2010 4:00 http://tinyurl.com/3yma492

Position Vacant Electrician, Sovereign Hill museums, Ballarat & Central Highlands App close Tues 13th Dec 2010, http://tinyurl.com/2c6rvdo

Position Vacant Tour Guides The Wax Museum, Gold Coast, part time, http://tinyurl.com/2wscs49

Position Vacant – Curator South Australian Maritime Museum, Port Adelaide, Closes 5pm Fri 7 Jan 2011, http://tinyurl.com/26bkk3l

Rotorua Museum is looking for a new public programmes manager http://bit.ly/eAYIVX

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CAN GLAM Sector News 18 Nov 23 Nov 2010

News from our @Can001 twitter feed

Where do good ideas come from? 1-6 • Ideas don’t come from watching television • Ideas sometimes come from listening to a lecture • Ideas often come while reading a book • Good ideas come from bad ideas, but only if there are enough of them • Ideas hate conference rooms, particularly conference rooms where there is a history of criticism, personal attacks or boredom • Ideas occur when dissimilar universes collide – I thought Seth Godin’s list of was a good way to start this weeks CAN news update there are more at http://bit.ly/dV3upr

Geocommons – this is an amazing development and probably my pick of the week as far as occupying my time. This is an online repository of all kinds of database which you can add in layers to make up your own geo-coded maps. I made up a quick one on Museum Attendance Europe 2008 at http://geocommons.com/maps/38095 and I am working on one for Locations of GLAM sector in Australia which will be great if I can get it to work.

Turing Papers a few weeks back I posted a link to Christie’s auction of these papers and on Tuesday Google announced it was contributing $100,000 to help Bletchley Park acquire them. http://is.gd/hF6oG

The British Library announces its adopt a book program http://adoptabook.bl.uk/

The Portable Film Festival, an online film festival filmink.com.au

Herbarium Information Systems Committee meeting in Christchurch NZ. Agenda and evolving meeting notes http://bit.ly/ckUF10

Australian Government funding for schools —the first comprehensive government appraisal of school funding since the early 1970s. In 2009, the Australian Government restructured its funding for schools, particularly for government schools, as a result of a new federal financial relations framework established by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) through the Intergovernmental Agreement on Federal Financial Relations. http://bit.ly/a09vG3

Sad News – fire destroys the Western Australian Town of Claremont library and council offices in Perth http://tinyurl.com/34ns9rv

Congratulations to Perth Zoo Category 1 Major Tourist Attraction Gold Medal, Western Australian Museum Geraldton & Silver medal WA Tourism. Category 2 Tourist Attractions Western Australian Museum – Geraldton http://fb.me/KvI7wXmL

iPhone Photography Accessories – mainly tripods etc. http://ow.ly/1a5VkB

Crash Course in Social Media for Community Engagement: 50 Tools and Methodologies slide show http://tinyurl.com/287yho2

Evolving Face of Community Care NSW Conference Sydney 2 May 2011 http://tiny.cc/al1sw@tricommunity

Position Vacant – HEAD OF CREATIVE LEARNING – Museum of Contemporary Art MCA – Sydney http://tinyurl.com/36nxqq9

Position Vacant – Director- Human Resources – Department of Culture & the Arts – Perth http://tinyurl.com/3×7tglh

Job – Curator Role at RMITs Design Hub Melbourne – http://tinyurl.com/38g2r5x

Job – CURATOR, HARRY BROOKES ALLEN MUSEUM OF ANATOMY AND PATHOLOGY Melbourne close 21 Nov – http://tinyurl.com/3yj7qen

Institute of Museum and Library Services selects 5 US libraries and 5 US museums for the 2010 National Medal see what they are up to at http://tinyurl.com/3ajceel

Australian National Data Service cranking up – http://ands.org.au/partner/connections.html

The History of Social Media: http://bit.ly/9929ai

Join designer Orla Kiely as she discusses the inspirations behind her vibrant pattern designs. Fri 3 Dec, 7-8.45pm. http://ow.ly/3comU

Interested in TV drama and doco funding? See Screen Australia’s new draft blueprint for funding http://tinyurl.com/25ak44g

EXHIBITION: Annie Leibovitz – A Photographer’s Life, starts today @ MCA http://www.mca.com.au http://bit.ly/13SkYA

Calling contemporary musicians who want to get a little experimental – Soundclash grants close 6 December http://bit.ly/aoBkOb

H.P. Lovecraft meets TINTIN? http://goo.gl/fb/5dnWR

The Nature of Connectedness on the Web http://bit.ly/9lVHkL

Art-youth-culture report and Arts Council response http://bit.ly/cgOfsb

A competition for urban photographers: HHT is running a competition with a Nikon D3100 up for grabs: http://bit.ly/aKq9GM

AUSTRALIAN ANTIQUARIAN BOOK FAIR was on 23 24 25 Nov Melbourne http://www.anzaab.com/anzaab/bookfair.cfm

University of technology Sydney – Design ’10 Exhibition showcases the… http://fb.me/OCh1IhNU

Scientist Fenner dies aged 95 http://bit.ly/9Xv5Cq

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CAN GLAM Sector News 3 Nov 17 Nov 2010

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More news from our @Can001 twitter feed

Australian Major Performing Arts report Securing the Future 2002 –2009 download released http://tinyurl.com/3xn8jtr

Position Vacant – Te Papa Museum – NZ – Technology Solutions Engineer – http://tinyurl.com/265qaza

Position Vacant – Te Papa NZ – Manager Exhibition Maintenance and Installation http://tinyurl.com/32wbru4

Provenance Journal Article – The Demise of Bicycle George: A Life of Crime by Kirstie Close http://tinyurl.com/28abycy

Provenance Journal Article – Patient casebooks from 19thC Asylums inc Kew Hospital for the Insane – by Catharine Coleborne http://tinyurl.com/2e2r3p4

This is really amazing Every bus stop, train station, ferry port and taxi rank in Britain mapped and tagged http://tiny.cc/349jn

Historian Simon Schama’s vision for history in schools posted – http://tiny.cc/q1wbw

Interesting use of splash page on Westbury library web site http://www.westburylibrary.org/ 5 top trends in web design

National Museums Scotland website – HTML5 structured semantically for meaning of content blog http://tinyurl.com/22lexu8

List of winners from the 2010 SCREEN MUSIC AWARDS http://bit.ly/aPO4Yc

Books – released this week include, A History of the Internet and the Digital Future, Ryan, Johnny, 2010 – No Shelf Required: E-Books in Libraries, ed. by Sue Polanka – Studio Secrets: Millinery, Ramousse, Estelle & Fabienne Gambrelle. 2010 – The Simon & Kirby Superheroes, Simon, Joe & Kirby Jack, 2010

Australian Centre for the Moving Image – Posted 11 November – 1 week til Disney ‘Dreams Come True’ exhibition opens.

Apple adds special education section to App Store: http://bit.ly

Two examples of Museum Village interpretation plans http://www.mccastle.com/Public/WhatsNew.aspx

National Photographic Portrait Prize deadline was the 12 November http://bit.ly/61hj8e

Some discussion this week on archiving tweets. Can uses twapper keeper

Smithsonian Museums – November 12 – Responds to Deficit Commission’s Recommendation on imposing admission fees to recoup money – these would be the first in the Smithsonian’s 164 year history. There comments on the recommendations can be found at http://ht.ly/3anaE

Regan Forrest submitted her write-up Interpretation Australia National Symposium http://bit.ly/ah8fdr

Melbourne Museum – 480,879 visitors to the Titanic Exhibition

National Film and Sound Archive – The only known moving images of the 1915 campaign at Gallipoli http://bit.ly/9sXX30

Australian Taxation Office (ATO) – phone service available for non-profit sector http://ow.ly/36KaY

National Library of Australia – posted oral history interviews with forgotten Australians and Former Child Migrants. http://www.nla.gov.au/digicoll/ListentotheForgottenAustralians.html

Winners of the Powerhouse Museum Amped hack day challenge Andrea Lau & Jack Zhao interviewed http://tinyurl.com/36b3mww

Interesting release of source code for Cooper Hewitt Museum of Design web site to public http://ow.ly/37bA8

Government 2.0 – Presenters slides from the recent conference posted at http://tiny.cc/p44il

Who owns Antarctica graphic http://tiny.cc/ckebj

Google releases Hotpot – places recommendation engine that allows reviews through Google profiles http://on.mash.to/ddiLbe

Had a re-visit to UNESCO’s The Australian Memory of the World Register this week http://www.amw.org.au/register/amw_reg06.htm and immediately thought a few more items that might warrant submission.

Good idea from the U.S. – a Plain Writing Act of 2010 http://bit.ly/bd7bPp

Position Vacant – Education & Public Programs Officer Hawkesbury Regional Gallery and Museum – http://tinyurl.com/37kyrxj

Position Vacant – Director National Motor Museum – ADELAIDE HILLS – http://tinyurl.com/2djdfxf

Position Vacant – Studio co-ordinator Australian Museum – http://australianmuseum.net.au/positions/Studio-Co-ordinator

Liz Pidgeon – Rising from the Ashes. DVD about Black Saturday fires about to be processed for local history collections at YPRL http://alturl.com/sjoo6

MCA Sydney – Director Liz Ann has just been elected to the #CIMAM Board, the International Council of Museums.

The Desktop Guide for Covering Science booklet was released this week. Is is “aimed both at the reporters on science, health and environment rounds, and also at general reporters who’d like to get the science right.” You can look at the booklet and read it online but need to register to download, that being said there are also lots of helpful tips you can access from this page. http://bit.ly/allT1V. Advice from former New York Times and Washington Post science reporter Boyce Rensberger:
• Science demands evidence, and some forms of evidence are worth more than others are. A scientist’s authority should command attention but, in the absence of evidence, not belief.
• There is no one scientific method, but all good science includes elaborate procedures to discover and avoid biases that might mislead.
• Uncertainty is a sign of honest science and reveals a need for further research before reaching a conclusion. Cutting edge science is highly uncertain and often flat-out wrong.
• The pace of science, despite the hype, is usually slow, not fast. Breakthroughs are never the result of one experiment.
• Balanced coverage of science does not mean giving equal weight to both sides of an argument. It means apportioning weight according to the balance of evidence.
• Virtually all new technologies pose risks along with benefits. Thus “safe” and effective,” whether applied to drugs or new devices or processes, are always relative terms. It is irrational to ask whether something is safe or not. Nothing is 100 percent safe. Policy decisions involving science must balance risks and benefits.
• Journalists and scientists espouse similar goals. Both seek truth and want to make it known. Both devote considerable energy to guard against being misled. Both observe a discipline of verifying information. Both insist that society allow them freedom to pursue investigations wherever they lead. Neither requires licensure or approval of an outside authority to practice its craft.
• News organisations usually invest too much importance in a scientific development and not nearly enough in the broader trends.

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CAN GLAM Sector News 28 Oct–3 Nov 2010

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The Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) was established on 1 November 2010 by the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner Act 2010 and they have published a paper ‘Towards an Australian Government Information Policy – Issues Paper which is worth a read.

Regional Australians have new opportunities to participate in hands-on arts and cultural activities that explore community issues through their local festival. Minister for the Arts announces Festival Australia funding for 37 new community festivals. Find out more http://bit.ly/8XmYS3 . Arts Minister Simon Crean said local Festivals are opportunities for communities to come together to have fun, and also to share and participate in cultural and artistic experiences. Today I am announcing $540,000 from the Festivals Australia program for 37 new and diverse festivals projects that range from career development for young Indigenous hip hop performers, workshops for singers and songwriters, MP3 guides to community art spaces, and shopping trolley art works that raise awareness of homelessness.

UNESCO-Aschberg is offering bursaries for young Artists with the deadlines ending Nov: http://bit.ly/cKXkrG Residencies in different arts disciplines available in countries around the world for artists aged 25-35. Residencies offered in Asia and Europe include:
• Visual Arts at Changdong National Art Studio, Korea
• Visual Arts & Creative Writing at Sanskriti Pratishthan, India
• Visual Arts & Design at Camac, France
• Visual Arts & Writing at Civitella Ranieri Centre, Italy
• Visual/ video arts, photography, architecture, animation at UNIDEE, Italy

The Australian Aviation Museum is featured in a new iphone app on Sydney Kids Activities by Nasda Studios http://fb.me/K0ufSt43

Museums Victoria has two positions advertised MV/6589 – Coordinator, Live Exhibits Grade 3; Value Range 2, This Vacancy is Full Time and Ongoing. Applications close: Wednesday 17 November 2010 ; MV/8027 – Senior Event Operations Coordinator Grade 3; Value Range 1 This Vacancy is Full Time and Ongoing Applications close: Monday 15 November 2010.

An interesting book – Electronic Business Revolution: Opportunities and Challenges in the 21st Century – by Peter Cunningham et al. http://amzn.to/8ZKQue

An interesting account of how Mosman Council has been using Social media can be found at http://tinyurl.com/23ofqvw

The CeBIT’s Gov 2.0 conference was also held and you can follow the tweets on this by using the #gov20cebit.

Sound Summit is looking for Festival Co-Directors on 2011 and 2012 festivals http://bit.ly/aY26nn Monday 15th November 2010.

Some great coverage of Phar Lap’s Melbourne Cup win in 1930 http://bit.ly/cCQ91e

World Wildlife Foundation posts 7 photos on Facebook in the album “20% of vertebrates (back-boned species) face extinction risk” http://fb.me/L9jEWkLv

The State Library is hosting a free exhibition of original artwork by the revered poet, Kahlil Gibran, from 4 Dec 2010. http://bit.ly/d17blg

The South Australian Zoo saw the arrival of their long awaited Sea-lion pup. The first pictures http://bit.ly/aCl4O8

EveryBlock partner API goes online to provide access to the latest neighbourhood news 24/7 – across 16 cities Atlanta, Boston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, Philadelphia, Portland, San Francisco ,San Jose, Seattle, Washington, http://tinyurl.com/3axwnu3

Senator Kate Lundy was named one of the Top 10 People Who Are Changing the World of Internet and Politics & topped the top 10, winning the International eDemocracy Award at the World e.Gov Forum in Paris. Craig Thomler online director at the Department of Health and Ageing & runs a blog called eGov AU, and was also named. Charlotte Harper’s article http://tinyurl.com/38ah2qj

Archiving the Web: Papers from the International Web Archiving Workshop (Vienna 2010) has put some papers online although 1 link appears faulty the others include: Archiving web video – http://liwa-project.eu/images/publications/ArchivingWebVideo.pdf , Terminology Evolution Module for Web Archives http://liwa-project.eu/images/publications/TerminologyEvolutionModule.pdf , Archiving Data Objects using Web Feeds http://liwa-project.eu/images/publications/ArchivingDataObjects.pdf

The Powerhouse Museum have just completed WaterWorx their first in-gallery iPad interactive http://bit.ly/aNj5v6

To support the development of inclusive practices and opportunities for all people with a disability living in NSW, Accessible Arts has developed a Rural and Regional Engagement Strategy 2010-12 http://bit.ly/bpn00H

Australia Council appoints Anzarts for Australian Performing Arts Market scoping study http://bit.ly/dlsLGc

Release of the draft for the proposed new National Arts curriculum http://icio.us/5wfrah
Australia’s average online connection speed is 2.8 megabits per second (Mbps) ranking it 48th in the world according to the Akamai Report: http://bit.ly/aNrXPm
A fantastic interactive graphic illustrating the scale of the universe by Cary Huang & Michael Huang http://htwins.net/scale/

South Australian Library & Information Network (SALIN) Committee wrote to tell us about the library infested with Zombies see Attack of the Zombrarians they even have their own calendar http://bit.ly/9iBR8u

Simon Collins wins the inaugural Hurstville Library St George Art Award.
An article on the end of textbooks as we know them http://bit.ly/aacxSy

One less login – you can now sign up for Flickr using your Google Account! http://cot.ag/8XGibT

The Smithsonian’s open source web development tools Omeka beta launches http://bit.ly/bBShhX

A nice BBC story on Ludwig Koch, the man pioneered nature sound recording: http://is.gd/gpbAX

Paper from Victorian Competition and Efficiency Commission inquiry on Victorian tourism industry scopes public submissions http://tinyurl.com/392wt9d

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Arts & Culture in Australia: Statistical Overview (Part 1)

Keyboard, photograph by Geoff Barker, 2010

On the 19 October the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) published its 8th Australian Bureau of Statistics report on Arts and Culture in Australia. Drawn from a range of sources, including the CAN-Partners list of Museums and Galleries. It is an attempt to provide a unified body of information relating to the those industries defined as being in the ‘Heritage’ or ‘Arts’ sector.

This post is my attempt to compile a bit of an overview of this rather lengthy report and hopefully encourage others to plumb its depths to drag out some of the interesting stats to be found in it. The main area that attracted my attention was Part B Profiles of the Cultural Sectors – 8.0 Museums, 10.0 Libraries and Archives, 12.0 Performing Arts, 13.0 Music & 14.0 Visual Arts and Crafts.

The first thing I noted from the table on page 11 – AVERAGE TIME SPENT ON SELECTED CULTURE AND LEISURE ACTIVITIES – was that in 2006 the GLAM sectors main competitor for leisure activity was still the TV with Australians over 15 spending just under 3 hours each day watching or listening to TV. The most popular cultural venue was the cinema and this perhaps accounts for the table noting that Australians spent triple the length of time visiting entertainment and cultural venues than they did attending Sports Events, although presumably many, like myself, tend to vegetate at home and watch the event on TV. Also I wasn’t sure if this included Australians visiting overseas events.

But even so it is an interesting statistic given the general perception that Australians would prefer to attend a sporting event rather than a cultural one. The reason for this is perhaps the definition of cultural venues which include 36% visiting zoological parks and aquariums 34% percent visiting local, state and national libraries, 34% visiting botanic gardens, and 25% visiting a popular music concert. Art galleries and Museums were next in line in terms of attendance.

It should also be noted that across the board women were more likely to attend a cultural venue with the visit to the library showing the largest discrepancy. In 2006, the ABS Adult Literacy and Life Skills Survey found that reading was a favourite activity for 61% of people aged over 15 years. The activity was a favourite for 73% of females surveyed – compared with this sad indicator my genders general bookish interests – 50% of males.

Strangely in the period leading up to middle age (i.e. 44), people were more likely to visit museums and after this Art Galleries assumed the ascendance. I was surprised because of it is often the museum that is associated with the older market and the Art Gallery with the younger one … Hmmmmm? Also noted that Museums tended to get more one-off visits while galleries, libraries get more repeat visits.

The second table discussed is the 2009 OVERSEAS CULTURAL AND HERITAGE VISITORS. Arranged by activity we find 57% attending Museums and Art Galleries but the greatest number 62% visit historical/heritage buildings, sites or monuments. I’m thinking the Sydney Opera House and other major heritage building may have been responsible for quite a few of these however.

Australians took around 66 million overnight visits and 9.3 million of these visited: the theatre, a concert, performing arts, museum, art gallery, Art, craft workshops, festivals, fair, cultural event, Aboriginal displays site or community, or a historical/heritage building, site or monument.

When it comes to government funding the main part of Federal revenue, $1,391,100,000 goes to Radio and TV services while State and Territory Government spends the most on Performing Arts venues $241,200,000. By comparison table 4.1 with 2008-2009 figures shows

Heritage Expenditure by Australian Government in millions followed by %
Archives 105.4
Libraries 60.0
Environmental heritage 207.0
Other museums and cultural heritage 266.0
Art museums 91.5
Total heritage 729.8

Heritage Expenditure by State and territory Government in millions
Archives 65.9
Libraries 337.4
Environmental heritage 1,397.0
Other museums and cultural heritage 338.3
Art museums 175.2
Total heritage 2 313.8

Arts Expenditure by Australian Government in millions
Other arts 136.3
Multimedia 6.2
Film and video production and distribution 115.5
Radio and television services 1,391.1
Design 0.2
Visual arts and crafts 33.4
Music composition and publishing 0.7
Performing arts venues __
Other performing arts 7.0
Music theatre and opera 24.0
Dance 21.6
Drama 28.3
Music performance 59.3
Literature and print media 31.2
Total arts 1 854.7

Arts Expenditure by State and Territory Government in millions
Other arts 124.2
Multimedia 5.9
Film and video production and distribution 122.7
Radio and television services 1.7
Design 4.9
Visual arts and crafts 41.1
Music composition and publishing 0.5
Performing arts venues 241.2
Other performing arts 34.6
Music theatre and opera 16.9
Dance 18.2
Drama 30.1
Total state and territory government 3 033.7

Totals for Heritage and Arts expenditure were as follows: Australian Government 2,584.500,00 and State and Territory Government 3,033,700,000.

There are % figures on this but I have not included them as I wasn’t sure how they were worked out but if any one else can work out how they are arrived at please let me know.

I’ll leave it here for now and try to get out Part 2 on the report next week. All the best Geoff.

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CAN – GLAM Sector News – 20 Oct – 27 Oct 2010

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Lots to report on from the Can001 twittersphere this week

One of the most useful documents tweeted this week was released on the 19th Oct by the Australian Bureau of Statistics – A statistical overview of Arts and Culture in Australia – http://tiny.cc/ztcp4

Also this week we were finally given an erudite answer to the most pressing question on the internet – Why Does the Web Love Cats?

The Australian Film Institute Award 2010 Nominees were announced http://tiny.cc/itd9s

Playing Australia, the Australian Government’s national performing arts touring program, Round 37 is open http://bit.ly/2Yf1E5 - This program is designed to assist the touring of performing arts across state and territory boundaries. A principal objective of Playing Australia is to support tours to regional and remote Australia and is open to theatre, music, opera, dance, puppetry and circus.

Digital Culture Fund deadline is coming up (Nov 22nd) a new round of the Geek in Residence program about to open- Ozco’s artsdigitalera want to talk about your idea for a digital arts project or a geek in residence placement? Adelaide 29 Oct – 1 Nov; Brisbane 3-4 Nov; Perth 8-9 Nov; Melb 10-12 Nov; Hobart 15-16 Nov; Syd 18 Nov – more details – http://bit.ly/digf2f

Had the pleasure of vicariously watching Tim O’reilly deliver his keynote @ Xinnovate conference on 26th. Some great ideas and the O’reilly innovation plan: innovating starts with fun – think of a great idea that could change the world – work on the business model – build an ecosystem – i.e. apple gives money to people to develop app platforms for its iphone – revalue people

I also came across this nice idea – a youtube version of the British Library exhibition on the stories behind 15 21st century British inventions. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=klzwXrGOD8I

Work of Aussie film photographers Greig Fraser (Let me in) & Adam Arkapaw (Animal Kingdom) showcased in October edition of American Cinematographer.

The Australian Maritime Museum listed a few new upcoming events including Matthew Flinders Return: 200th anniversary symposium, 31 October 2010, Bligh: Master Mariner – with Rob Mundle, Friday 12 November, behind-the-scenes at Wharf 7, 24th November – more at http://bit.ly/cur8fk

The 17th Biennale of Sydney advertised an exciting role to join the Biennale team as the Nick Waterlow OAM Curatorial Fellow. A unique opportunity to work closely with high calibre national and international artists, arts workers and venues in a fast-paced and exciting festival. Applications close Monday, 22 November. http://bit.ly/9eUdbZ

ABC Innovation, Sydney, is also looking for PHP/Python developer to work on exciting new mapping and education projects – close date 5 November – http://bit.ly/90JRgn

ABC Arts also posted a video of Gilbert & George in conversation with Virginia Trioli on Artscape Monday, 22 February 2010, video at http://bit.ly/c4F3XU

The Perth Institute of Performing Arts (PICA) performance space to continue operations into 2011 – http://tinyurl.com/38ajbsm

Darren Beauchamp John Hillier from AGIMO (Australian Government Information Management Office) present their slideshow at the IPV6 summit. What is this – well apparently Internet Protocol Version 6 offers the world simpler networks, enhanced mobility and security, and almost unlimited addresses for the next-generation Internet. – see more at – http://bit.ly/9dOz2K

The Museum of Islamic Art in Old Cairo opens after seven-year renovation project http://bbc.in/cUGxpd

Launch of “Sciences& curiosities at the Court of Versailles” – an exhibition on the scientific exhibitions held in Versailles – http://bit.ly/900vWT

A selection of impressive nature photographs – From the Guardian – top 40 – A polar bear dance, a doomed thresher shark, and a crowd of giant tortoises gathered at dawn in the Galapagos etc – http://ow.ly/2XQMt

Finalists from Guggenheim’s ‘Play’ a biennale of Creative video – saw 25 selected from 23,000 entries from around the globe including one Australian – the amazing work of Keith Loutit for his Bathtub IV – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us6kDalkqgM – more about the event http://bit.ly/b3P1aH

This is a link to check whether your Gallery Library Archive or Museum is listed in the world catalogue registry http://www.worldcat.org/registry/institutions/

Interesting – Edmodo – a social learning network for teachers, students, schools and districts provides free classroom communication for teachers, students and administrators on a secure social network. – http://www.edmodo.com/

This is a nice list of 200 old occupation definitions compiled by Jane Hewitt – @familyresearchr http://tinyurl.com/3×4ktdk

The National Library of Australia has acquired a rare account of an 1840s attack on a group of Indigenous people by white squatters in Queensland http://bit.ly/aZTPw9

More accolades for the sector as a librarian enters the Guinness Book of Records for collecting 22.1 grams of ‘belly button fluff ‘ – http://bit.ly/9zEsZ8

UK Museums – Renaissance in the Regions – An independent review of Renaissance, published in July 2009, endorsed the flagship funding programme as the most important intervention in English non-national museums since the Museums Act of 1845. Says the £300m invested since the programme started in 2002 has helped transform the regional museum sector across the country and boost visitor figures. 15 mill visitors to these hub museums per annum up 18.5% since 2002/03 http://tinyurl.com/nn6bgu

Librarians – Social Networking – Facebook – an interesting outline in the Course Wiki: http://bit.ly/a1onjI

National Museum of Australia has posted the ‘Caring for collections’ symposium – Audio downloads of speakers – http://www.nma.gov.au/audio/series/collections-2010-series

Open Library – open source – book reader – http://github.com/openlibrary/bookreader#readme

Melbourne Museum Exhibition has minerals online in 3D at http://tinyurl.com/36kjnvj

Australia Library Technicians Conference Perth Sept 2011 call for papers http://conferences.alia.org.au/libtec2011/call.html

A guide for using statistics for evidence based policy, 2010 http://bit.ly/a8yZGp

Mackay Council – Ooralea Local Area Plan – online consultation process up and running http://ow.ly/2WS44

Australian Poetry – two positions – NSW director and National Admin Assistant – details: http://ow.ly/2XtPz

An interface built by Tim Sherratt at the National Archives of Australia for searching on their fact sheets – [tip - make sure you click on the fact sheet links] http://bit.ly/bSg18L

Next Records Managers Forum for NSW Public Sector on ICT and records partnerships – Nov 8 – Register here: http://bit.ly/97NyBq

Interesting new museum experiences from launch of Powerhouse Museum Collection database API – Amped – http://tinyurl.com/2dn53bx

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Historians and Digital Scholarship

How difficult is it for historians to publish work in digital form?

This was the question posed by Rachel Ensign in her Chronicle article today. While an American survey of 4000 historians found most wanted to include interactive maps or databases in their work the publishers of journal were far less enthusiastic.

According to Ensign the system of peer review and printed journals has not embraced digital-born work and instead much of this work makes it way into blogs or Wikipedia. In my experience a lot of the work appearing in this form also appears with poor footnoting and references, often not helped by the technical limitations of the software used to create this work. About 20 percent of scholars in the survey, conducted by Robert Townsend, assistant director of research and publications at the American Historical Association, said they had published work in a native digital form.

One of the projects mentioned in the article by Doug Seefeldt, pointed to new digital scholarship which works in ways paper cannot. I had a quick look at one of these the Stanford University’s Spatial History Project, where interactive maps, searchable primary sources, video, and audio are given the same importance as the text, and thought the ‘Colorado Railroad Accidents 1894 -1895′ project was an interesting example of how this kind of scholarship could work.

I would be interested to know what others thought about this – and what success they have had developing, and publishing, digital-born content.

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Uncertain future for Kenmore Hospital Museum site, Goulburn

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The Goulburn community is deeply concerned about retaining access to the old Kenmore pyschiatric hospital site as they believe one of two buyers is close to signing a contract. The heritage listed complex has played a central role in the community since 1895; hosting art and craft workshops, theatre and musical productions, sporting events — even Donald Bradman has famously played there, and a museum. The site, boasting an amazing array of Victorian buildings, has been up for sale since Longreach Capital Pty Ltd liquidated last year and now there are several keen buyers who, depending on the winning vendor, will take the site in very different directions. There was also controversy when Longreach bought the site in 2003 from the State Government. The story has made it to Canberra’s ABC Stateline and the volunteers are actively building support to maintain community access.

Kenmore Hospital Museum volunteers Leone Morgan and Lorraine Hyde are deeply concerned by the possibility of the rumoured plans by one prospective buyer to turn the site into a gated community. Mrs Hyde says while the Kenmore site is listed on the State Heritage Register, the uncertainty that now surrounds heritage and planning laws could mean that the historical integrity of the Walter Liberty Vernon designed hospital-village could be lost forever. ‘These days a development application appears to have more benefit than a heritage listing. We are very worried there could be bulldozers at midnight,’ she said. They are concerned that if it becomes a nursing home, community access will be slowly phased out by the new owners and they will not be sympathetic to the site’s strong links with the community.

Indigenous Ngambri elder Shane Mortimer has a vision to turn the site into a space for creative and agricultural industries to co-exist and interact. He wants to turn the site into a production space — artist’s studios, performance art and a centre for native plant propagation. So far he has raised four million dollars and just needs one more million to develop a place where Indigenous people around the world can showcase their work. He has set up a trust, AARK (Agriculture Art Residency Kenmore), with an appointed board to manage the property. Mr Mortimer has the majority of the community users’ support.

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Collection item: Canvas jacket in good condition (as new). Eyelets down each side with 2 pockets in front, both sleeves sewn into pockets, 81cm long x 58cm wide.

Mrs Hyde started working at the Kenmore Hospital site in 1962 and remembers the site being used for a wide range of high profile sporting activities. Cricket has been played on the grounds every summer for over 100 years. International, National and State hockey teams travelled to Kenmore to play demonstration matches against the local teams. Many other sports played by staff and community included soccer, football, tennis, bowls etc. Weekends were extremely busy as the community came to participate or to watch. She also remembers that Kenmore was seen as a leading carer in the field. ‘In 1938 medical superintendants from around Australia travelled to Kenmore to to observe the experiments in colour therapy, just one of the many different types of treatments introduced over the years. It was also a trial hospital for the introduction of medications in the 1950/60s.’ Part of the Kenmore Hospital Museum collection has been uploaded to CAN’s national collection database.

Please email Lorraine Hyde or Leone Morgan with any form of support.

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Geelong Art Gallery online: Veronica Filmer

A $15,000 grant from the Gordon Darling Foundation was enough to enable the Geelong Art Gallery to put its entire collection online last month. Registrar Veronica Filmer and her team at the gallery had been working towards this goal since 2003 when they bought the collection management system KE EMu. But they did not have enough money to take the last step to make it happen. ‘Without the grant we wouldn’t have been able to do it now. It would have been years before we did it,’ Ms Filmer said.

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Geelong Art Gallery registrar Veronica Filmer

KE EMu was installed and linked to the Intranet in 2004 but they could not afford to link it to the Internet at that stage. The Gordon Darling grant covered the website design ($3000), an additional KE EMu licence ($5000) and an upgrade to the server so that images could be accessed quickly online ($2000). The remaining $5000 covered photography equipment so that high quality images could be taken of the 5,300 items in the collection. Ms Filmer wanted the website to reflect the calibre of its collection — which includes works by Frederick McCubbin, Arthur Streeton and Eugène von Guérard — so the majority of the items were rephotographed and transparencies rescanned.

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The barter, Eugène von Guérard, 1854, courtesy of Geelong Art Gallery

Copyright clearance forms were sent out to 588 artists and estates, 455 were located and 70% responded to the Gallery’s request – all of them delighted to have their works reproduced on the website. While every work in the collection is online, those works that have not been given copyright clearance appear without an image.

Ms Filmer’s next step is to continue the copyright clearance process and put more images online. In the future, she hopes to utilise the narratives function in the KE EMu software, like the National Gallery of Australia and Museum Victoria have started to do. That way she can start to build education kits based on the Geelong Art Gallery collection.

The next round of Gordon Darling Foundation funding closes on May 31. To find out more, email or call Aileen on 03 98203168.

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iPhone app follows 7000 nautical mile flight around Australia

Author and aviator Owen Zupp has almost finished his 7,000 nautical mile flight around Australia. He is traversing the country, visiting some of the most historic locations in aviation history over 18 days. An iPhone app was built to follow the journey. The website There and Now and blog, Twitter and Facebook accounts have kept Mr Zupp connected since he left on May 5. Hayley Dean, at the Australian Aviation Museum (AAM), has been actively helping Mr Zupp raise money for the Royal Flying Doctor Service through the AAM’s social networking channels, including a Facebook group set up for the mission.

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It is the centenary of the first powered flight in Australia today. To honour this milestone and the achievements of Sir Lawrence Hargrave, Sir Charles Kingsford Smith and Harry Houdini, Mr Zupp wanted to set himself this challenge in the name of charity.

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Owen Zupp, route map, There and Back flight around Australia, May 5 – 23, 2010

The museum sector has been very supportive of Mr Zupp in recognition of his voluntary work he carried out for the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society, (Albion Park Rail, NSW) the AAM (Bankstown, NSW) and Bradman Museum of Cricket (Bowral, NSW). He was awarded an Aviation Press Club award in 2006. Owen’s father, Phillip Zupp made the NSW Air Ambulance Beechcraft Queen Air VH-AMB’s final flight in 1985 from Tamworth to Sydney. It now hangs from the Powerhouse Museum ceiling.

Donations can be made on the There and Back website.

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Collectors: Keepsakes and Mementos

The Collections Council of Australia

The Collections Council of Australia (CCA) closed on 30 April 2010. It seems a fitting moment to reflect upon the nature of collecting and acknowledge the energy, support and intellectual insight Margaret Birtley and her team at the Council brought to the business of collecting in Australia.

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The CCA have found two new custodians for four of its major projects: the Department of the Environment, Heritage, Water and the Arts (DEWHA) and The Powerhouse Museum. Significance 2.0 and Australian Collecting Organisations Register (OZCOR) are to be handed over to DEWHA. Collections Law: Legal Issues for Australian Archives, Galleries, Libraries and Museums and SAGE (a.k.a Standards And Guidelines: an E-directory) are to be handed over to the Powerhouse. The CCA website remains up and it has been archived in PANDORA by the National Library of Australia. The CCA versions of these sites will be accessible via the Council’s static website until further notice.

 

Sector Events – Preservation

In the next two months there are two collecting sector events focusing on preservation – a symposium in Melbourne ‘Between Creation and the Collecting Institutions’ 3 June 2010 and a conference in Sydney ‘Digital Preservation: Ensuring the Longevity of Born-Digital Records’ 12-14 May 2010.

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The symposium in Melbourne focuses on two aspects of art collection: the benefits of keeping collections ‘today’s creations are tomorrow’s heritage’ and that most art is not held in national collections, it is held in private hands and by small associations. The conference Sydney focuses on the ‘how’ of digital records management, looking at approaches, methods and tools. These two events raise the same questions: what is kept?; what is discarded?; who keeps it?; how do they keep it?; who gets access to it?; what it costs to keep it?; and why keep it?. These can be hard questions to ask let alone answer. In the realms of digital preservation it is worth noting a change in directorship from Chris Rusbridge to Kevin Ashley in the Digital Curation Centre in the UK and checking out the news on the Twitter archive recently donated to the Library of Congress recently in the National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program. It is also worth looking at the tools page on the DCC and NDIIPP sites to see just what resources are out there. While the realities of physical collecting are being solved, the realities of virtual collecting remain a challenge.

 

Putting Collections Online

Last year at the Allsorts Online forum in Adelaide collectors from the arts, media, academy and the GLAM sector were represented as presenters. The presenters talked about their online projects and making collection items available online. Whether these practitioners see themselves primarily as collectors, researchers, broadcasters or publishers of collection information is another debate. The aim of having the discussion was to get those actively and those incidentally in the business of collecting in the same room to share thoughts about what happens when organisations put collections up online. For example, an implicit expectation that a collection is ‘a click away’ is set up in the mind of the searcher or researchers online that seems to be quite different to the reality of of actually accessing a collection. For collections filled with moving image, images and text there is some ready translation into the online world via the computer screen. For artefacts, the representation is mostly 2D with some representations that permit zooming and rotation.

 

The physical spaces of libraries particularly are changing to enable a space that once housed more physical collection material to house searchers and researchers to access the collection online in the library space (or beyond its walls and anywhere). An historical society might find itself in very different circumstances in that they seek a basic requirement, i.e. a permanent home to store the precious local history collection they’ve gathered up with the help (often) of volunteers. The extent of difference in challenges faced by collecting organisations reflects the wonderfully diverse and the highly practical nature of collecting…the intriguing aspect of collecting lies in the collection items themselves and in the kernel of intent embedded in the rationale for collecting.

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Collection Policy
Archives of data, footage, images, and records and artefact and library collections are often developed as an adjunct the the core business of an organisation. This is why having collection policy is so important to enable the brief for collection management to be identified and guide decision-making. The strategic and operational policies express the rationale and identify constraints which can give direction on how issues on legislation, scope, location, access, preservation, assessment, retention and deaccession can be resolved. An opportunity arises through short term gathering or incidental collecting to make use and enjoy the benefits of artefacts and resources close at hand. At some point an assessment of what to let go and what to keep is needed to be more efficient with managing the collection, to change what is collected or made accessible because of a change in collection focus or governance; or to accept a fate of reduced means or recognise the significance of what is collected and to disperse, dispose, sell, or donate a collection.

 

The Collection Horizon
Meanwhile, across the Tasman in New Zealand there are moves to integrate the National Library of New Zealand and Archives New Zealand into the Department of Internal Affairs. The strategic intent behind keeping these collections is enshrined in legislation and this forms an important aspect of societal fabric and democracy. One of the key issues raised in this process of integration are the statutory independence of the National Librarian and the Chief Archivist and statutory provisions for the role of a Chief Librarian for the Alexander Turnbull Library. In the light of two reports published recently: Culture is not a Department: The Role of Governance in National Cultural Institutions and A Balancing Act: Balancing the need to Protect Collections and Save the Earth – the horizons seem to be changing in Australia too in the collecting sector.

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‘From the Archives’ streams live on Hobart FM

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Lindsay McCarthy took his career as a commercial radio disc jockey into retirement by setting up and running one of Australia’s finest sound equipment collections (apparently rivalling part of the National Film and Sound Archive). He has proved age is no barrier – uploading part of the radio and record player collection online. The president of the Sound Preservation Association of Tasmania (SPAT) is also running a oral history program to record the stories of his peers. The sound preservation library has recorded noises particular to Hobart from street chatter, gatherings at market places and people singing in the street, to children at play and traffic noises.

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SPAT’s archives are not sitting in the Bellerive’s Old Post Office to gather dust either – they are being used as content for Mr McCarthy’s radio programme ‘From the Archives’. The Hobart FM show is streamed live on the Internet on Tuesdays from 2- 3pm. He plays old pieces from the SPAT collection of 30,000 records – most of which is out of copyright.

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When McCarthy was visiting Launceston recently, an old friend gave him the 1954 ‘Australian Amateur Hour’ recordings – a 1950s version of talent show Australian idol. He took the recordings home and re-recorded them onto mini-disc for “From the Archives’. Someone else brought in a box of tapes of recordings from when the Inkspots played in City Hall in 1955. After a bit of editing on his sound system at home, they were ready for the public to enjoy a little journey down memory lane.

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Seeing the Two Worlds: Dr Joe Gumbula

The University of Sydney Archives has taken a leading role in the research, interpretation and access rights of Indigenous material in Australia. The university’s first Indigenous Research Fellow Yolngu Elder Dr Joseph Gumbula worked with academic Dr Aaron Corn to research photographs taken in the 1920s and 1930s in north-eastern Arnhem Land. The images were taken during the early settlement of the Miliŋinbi (Milingimbi) community by anthropologist William Lloyd Warner in 1927-29 and the missionary T.T. Webb from 1926-1939. Dr Gumbula also looked at records created by Professor AP Elkin and Dr Annie Margaret McArthur of Miliŋinbi (Milingimbi) and Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island).



In this video, Dr Gumbula and University Reference Archivist Julia Mant talk about the Yolngu-led project that was started with an Australian Research Council grant in 2007. It covers how access rights to the university archive collection were determined – categorising the photographs into garma, dhuni and ngarra access groups according to Yolngu way. Dr Gumbula reflects on how the consultation process with the Yolngu elders, whose family are depicted in the images, has had a significant impact on the community. Not only has the project had a profound impact on him personally, but it has created opportunities for a better understanding between the two worlds.

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Miliŋinbi (Milingimbi) and Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island), North-Eastern Arnhem Land

The Macleay Museum is currently hosting the exhibition Makarr-garma: Aboriginal Collections from a Yolŋu Perspective. Guest curator Dr Gumbula shares his understanding of Aboriginal artefacts in the Macleay Museum from the Yolngu perspective. The exhibition at the University of Sydney charts the course of a day using objects, artworks and natural history specimens, historical and contemporary photographs, sound and light. It will run until 15 May 2010.

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The Gumbula Project team, Julia Mant (far left), Dr Joe Gumbula and Dr Aaron Corn (centre)

Further reading
Matjabala Mali’ Buku-Ruŋanmaram: implications for archives and access in Arnhem Land

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