Archive for October, 2010

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

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 –

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

Playing Australia, the Australian Government’s national performing arts touring program, Round 37 is open - 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 –

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.

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

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.

ABC Innovation, Sydney, is also looking for PHP/Python developer to work on exciting new mapping and education projects – close date 5 November –

ABC Arts also posted a video of Gilbert & George in conversation with Virginia Trioli on Artscape Monday, 22 February 2010, video at

The Perth Institute of Performing Arts (PICA) performance space to continue operations into 2011 –

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 –

The Museum of Islamic Art in Old Cairo opens after seven-year renovation project

Launch of “Sciences& curiosities at the Court of Versailles” – an exhibition on the scientific exhibitions held in Versailles –

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 –

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 – – more about the event

This is a link to check whether your Gallery Library Archive or Museum is listed in the world catalogue registry

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. –

This is a nice list of 200 old occupation definitions compiled by Jane Hewitt – @familyresearchr×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

More accolades for the sector as a librarian enters the Guinness Book of Records for collecting 22.1 grams of ‘belly button fluff ‘ –

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

Librarians – Social Networking – Facebook – an interesting outline in the Course Wiki:

National Museum of Australia has posted the ‘Caring for collections’ symposium – Audio downloads of speakers –

Open Library – open source – book reader –

Melbourne Museum Exhibition has minerals online in 3D at

Australia Library Technicians Conference Perth Sept 2011 call for papers

A guide for using statistics for evidence based policy, 2010

Mackay Council – Ooralea Local Area Plan – online consultation process up and running

Australian Poetry – two positions – NSW director and National Admin Assistant – details:

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]

Next Records Managers Forum for NSW Public Sector on ICT and records partnerships – Nov 8 – Register here:

Interesting new museum experiences from launch of Powerhouse Museum Collection database API – Amped –


“La Stupenda” in Canberra – ACT Heritage Library

La Stupenda Mobile Quest Program

As we mourn the passing of Dame Joan Sutherland, Canberra remembers her performing at local venues at least three times in her career.

As one of Stars of the Mobil Quest 1950, a very young Joan Sutherland performed at the Albert Hall on 15 September 1950. It was also the first outing of the Canberra Concert Orchestra conducted by Les Pogson. The Canberra Times declared it a “delightful concert”.

Local audiences did not see the soprano again until 27 August 1976 at the Canberra when she gave a recital accompanied by her husband Richard Bonynge. Canberra Times reviewer, WL Hoffman said it was “La Stupenda at her magnificent best…”

The couple again played the Canberra Theatre on 31 August 1980, when Joan played the title role in the Australian Opera production of Lucia di Lammermoor and Bonynge conducted the orchestra.

All featured programmes and clippings are part of the ACT Heritage Library’s extensive performing arts ephemera collection.

A list of holdings for performances at the Canberra Theatre and Australian National University venues can be found on the library’s website.

Submitted by Antoinette Buchanan
Senior Librarian, ACT Heritage Library
ACT Library and Information Services


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.