VALA2018 Proceedings

 

The VALA2018 19th Biennial Conference and Exhibition will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, Melbourne, Australia from 13 - 15 February 2018. 

The following papers will be presented at VALA2018. See also the VALA2018 Program.

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Prospects for a combined GLAM curriculum

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION 1
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 10:50 - 11:20

Philip Hider and Mary Carroll

Charles Sturt University

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The content of museum and art curatorial studies courses offered by Australian universities was mapped against the 32 domain-specific “foundation knowledge, skills and attributes” (KSAs) required by ALIA, ASA and RIMPA. Most of the KSAs were covered by at least one course, though only about half were touched on by a majority. Few curriculum elements could not be mapped onto a KSA. The mapping and the literature suggest a fair degree of subject alignment between LIS and museum studies, but also clear differences of emphasis. Contextual differences affecting interpretation and application need further investigation.

 

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Cinderella Collections come to the digital humanities ball

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION 1
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 12:00 - 12:30

Roxanne Missingham

Australian National University

Ingrid Mason

AARNet

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When the Cinderella Collections reports were released in 1996 and 1998, 256 university museums and collections in Australia were identified as needing investment to aid in transforming research and teaching. Digitisation then was a functional extension of access to physical collections;, however, 20 years on, a new paradigm for digitisation is emerging. This new digitisation paradigm is driven by strategic pragmatism and scholarly coherence through collaboration in digital scholarship, redefining collections “as data”, and in the use of new technologies and methodologies..

 

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Skills for IT specialists in digital preservation: a fourth lens for DigCurV?

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION 2
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 11:25 - 11:55

Sarah Mason

Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford

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This paper investigates the current landscape of best practice curriculum frameworks for IT specialists working in digital preservation. The DigCurV curriculum framework was developed for digital preservation, but does not currently include a lens for IT specialists; the SFIA 6 framework for IT specialists does not encompass digital preservation tasks. Recommendations for improving the current skill frameworks include advocating the addition of digital preservation skills to SFIA version 7 and adding technical specialist focuses to the three DigCurV lenses..

 

 

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Digitising journals on Trove: a national approach to sharing content, engaging communities and collaboration in the digital world

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION 2
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 12:00 - 12:30

Hilary Berthon and Julia Hickie

National Library of Australia

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Trove’s success is underpinned by the availability of a significant quantity of digitised material achieved through partnerships between the National Library of Australia (NLA) and many other organisations. The National Library is using the lessons learned through earlier digitisation collaborations, as well as a history of content aggregation, and has now turned its attention to journals. Existing processes for digitisation project management and online discovery have been expanded, with new delivery and browse features introduced to facilitate new ways of navigating content. The result has been rapidly growing usage and the engagement of new communities.

 

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Talking, tapping, clicking and coding: developing diverse digital literacy programs in public libraries

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION  3
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 10:50 - 11:20

Margaret Goninon

Wyndham City Libraries

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Digital technology is continually developing, and libraries must consult their communities to co-design diverse digital literacy programs that meet their needs. Digital literacy covers not just beginners' computer classes, but a range of formats and topics, that enable social engagement, creativity, lifelong learning, and exploration and enjoyment of technology across all ages. This paper discusses methods of consulting patrons, and describes different programs to meet digital literacy learning needs, from one-on-one sessions and beginners' computer classes for adults, to code clubs for kids.

 

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It takes a village: creating communities of digital volunteers

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION  3
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 11:25 - 11:55

Elise Edmonds

State Library of New South Wales

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The State Library of New South Wales has been digitising its significant heritage collections. Several post digitisation projects are underway to make these collections searchable and re-usable. Crowdsourcing projects have been just one of the myriad approaches the Library has undertaken to improve access to these collections. Digital volunteers have transcribed large archival collections, with the resulting transcriptions able to be interrogated via search and API . Oral history recordings have been transcribed and maps geo-referenced. This paper will focus on some of the crowdsourcing platforms created by the State Library, and will discuss some of the lessons learnt when engaging with digital volunteer communities.

 

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Can archives fly? Delivering Australian archives to researchers

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION  5
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 14:45 - 15:15

Gavan McCarthy and Peter Tonoli

University of Melbourne

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This paper outlines the rationale and initial development of a service that will allow digital materials held by archives to be delivered, via request through an online form, to researchers anywhere in the world. Rather than attempting to provide access to privacy and rights-compromised materials in an online environment, the delivery of derivative copies of these types of unpublishable materials directly to the researcher, under clearly-articulated conditions, helps deal with a range of onerous technical and administrative issues. The process supports, rather than complicates, researcher information transfer needs while meeting the custodial obligations of the information provider.

 

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360-degree model for archival data sharing: humanities and GLAM interoperability

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION  5
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 15:20 - 15:50

Sarah Nisbet

eResearch South Australia

Ingrid Mason

AARNet

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In the Cultures and Communities project, common cross-community aims to make archival information accessible and reusable for academic research and to share data have been realised. The API developed supports systematic access to archival data and derived data publishing and has demonstrated the value of a 360-degree model for archival data sharing. The 360-degree data sharing model enabling humanities and GLAM interoperability can be broadly applied to humanities research and GLAM digital collections, enabling systematic access to data and cross-community collaboration.

 

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Tales from the field: enhancing the discoverability of field notes and field specimens

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION  6
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 14:45 - 15:15

Janine Epps, Colin Bates, Bernadette Houghton, Kristen Thornton

Deakin University Library

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Field specimens and field notes provide a rich source of data for researchers. In 2016 Deakin University Library implemented a project to make accessible an historic field specimen album by William Harvey and a set of field diaries by noted scientist, Edmund Gill. Such unique and unusual items created challenges for the digitisation process and also led us to explore a range of methods to enhance their discovery and promotion. This paper outlines the digitisation project, the use of metadata, digital exhibitions and social media to expose the digitised items and the collaboration required to successfully complete the project.

 

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Creating a digital legacy: QANZAC100: Memories for a New Generation

VALA2018 CONCURRENT SESSION  6
Tuesday 13 February 2018, 15:20 - 15:50

Margaret Warren and Robyn Hamilton

State Library of Queensland

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Through collection acquisition, digitisation, engagement and data sharing activities, State Library of Queensland’s QANZAC100: Memories for a New Generation project has created a unique digital legacy of Queensland participation in the First World War. With an aim to increase understanding of Queenslanders’ experiences during and after the First World War, the project has also built the capacity of community stakeholders to explore and share local and family stories, enabled researchers to access content, explored how the war is remembered, and encouraged a re-examination of the past. In order to sustain a digital legacy, outcomes of the project have been considered as data, with intent to achieve open, structured, interoperable, and re-usable data.

 

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