Posts Tagged ‘digital’
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
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.
The State Library of Western Australia (SLWA) has just published an excellent resource on how to create and keep digital treasures. It is a very comprehensive 19 page pdf that can be downloaded from the SLWA website. It covers extremely important issues like creating several copies of digital files and storing them in different locations, ensuring preservation copies can be read using open source software, keeping file formats current, periodically checking access to digital files and creating a metadata system.
World’s Columbian Exposition: Ferris Wheel, Chicago, United States, 1893. Flickr Commons / Brooklyn Museum Archives
QR codes work in a similar way as barcodes but are capable of handling substantially more information. Museums have seen opportunities in using QR codes within exhibitions. Visitors point their mobile phone at the small black square and a URL will flash onto the screen with the object’s description. The Powerhouse Museum has recently applied this technology to Contemporary Japanese Fashion: the Gene Sherman Collection. The museum has also installed Bluetooth inside the museum so viewers can access the Internet for free.
Mobile phones must either have in-built software, like the Nokia N95, or you will need to download a code reader onto your phone.
The Powerhouse Museum’s Seb Chan and the Australian Museum’s Lynda Kelly give us a better understanding of how QR codes can be used for marketing, as well as within the museum, in a conversation on the Museum 3.0 blog.
Digital archiving is an extremely important part of managing a collection yet it can be a little overwhelming. In reality, the hardest part is deciding on which system to use. A museum or gallery’s approach depends on the size and the resources of the institution.
Valuable advice has come out of CAN’s discussion groups on this topic, mainly for the smaller gallery or even independent artist.
One contributor advises all material should be backed-up onto hard drives, as DVDs deteriorate after two years. Hard drives are not completely reliable so all data should be uploaded onto a pair of hard drives and then upgraded every two years. Additionally, in case of fire, a digital collection should also be stored in another location. There are several companies which offer off-site mirrored network storage, such as Amazon S3 who offer 120GB at around USD13 per month. The CAN discussion group suggested partnering with other organisations to host your own mirrored network storage at a fraction of that cost.
Larger cultural institutions have engaged in extensive consultation on how to approach preserving digital heritage. The National Library of Australia has taken a lead role in this area and have set up a guide to Preserving Access to Digital Information, as well as a web archive called Pandora. The NLA has also published a set of digital archive initiatives.
The State Library of NSW has outlined guidelines for digitising images and preserving our digital heritage.