How does digital first ABC Podcast TRACE and the future Retail 4.0 experience inform the library experience? Join Jeremy Story Carter, Walkley award-winning reporter and digital content producer with ABC RN, Renowned Futurist Marcus Barber and Library Passionata Jane Cowell as they discuss the current and future content experiences from a consumer point of view & discuss these as drivers for library industry change.
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.
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 through the project supports systematic access to archival data and derived data publishing, and has demonstrated the value of a 360-degree model for data sharing and interoperability. The 360-degree model enables humanities and GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, and museums) cross-community collaboration and can be broadly applied to enabling systematic access to data in cultural collections for all Australian research.
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.
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.
Imagine wandering the alleyways of your town as audio stories emerge straight out from the spaces around you. Or standing on a historical site watching layers of history unfold in front of your eyes. Thanks to emerging mobile technologies stories, histories, knowledge and learning can now be directly linked to and accessed within to their physical context – as they always have been for many first nation and indigenous peoples. In this way the technologies that facilitate these experiences have the potential to fundamentally disrupt the notion of traditional libraries as much as the development of the internet.
Maggie Buxton’s presentation discusses her PhD research and community based practice using these emerging tools to re-story places and re-place stories. She will be sharing experiences and projects working across a wide range of groups including Maori, Pacifica peoples, school children and the elderly. This spiritual, social, political, developmental practice is fundamentally aimed at expanding awareness, shifting perception and generating individual and collective learning. For further information go to http://www.awhiworld.com/ & http://maggiebuxton.com/
Linked Data has been on the metadata horizon for libraries and other cultural heritage institutions for some time. While great progress has been made we are still in the early days of adopting and applying these new methodologies. Though we often think of Linked Data as a universal big data endeavor, being worked on by large entities, some of its most compelling uses are small scale bottom-up projects. For example, using Linked Data to uncover underrepresented individuals and their histories. Or utilizing it as a pedagogical platform to build new skills for current and emerging information professionals. And even thinking of Linked Data as a tool for increasing civic engagement.
We’ll explore projects like these and think broadly how Linked Data can be used in exciting ways. We will also reflect on what we can rethink during this period of transition. Data models, workflows, how we collaborate and more can be looked at with a critical eye. While Linked Data presents significant challenges it also creates important new opportunities for change and growth.
Despite the concept of Linked Data being over ten years old, it has yet to make a practical impact in the library world. Libraries prize standards and best practices, but there is no clear leader in the field and many Linked Data implementations appear experimental or isolated. Nonetheless, stakeholders in Sweden, Norway, the United States of America, and Australia are working to integrate Linked Data into the open-source library management system Koha. There are many challenges, but developers are collaborating globally to overcome them.
Linked data is an approach to digital information infrastructure that aims to enhance the utility of data on the web, by making it more consistent, structured and connected, and therefore discoverable and able to be analysed within and across information systems. Key elements are the need for information rich structured data, standardised classification systems and stable online locations for linking across information systems. The implementation of linked data approaches is allowing APO to go beyond standard bibliographic information on publications and data to consider every piece of structured and unstructured information as a potential source of data that can be analysed and visualised to provide new knowledge on policy issues and the policy process.
Iterative and incremental development in software engineering involves small, ongoing “evaluate, review, act” cycles, allowing rapid development of rough prototypes of a software product that can be altered and re-tested, long before the product is considered “finished” and made available to the final stakeholders. This paper investigates whether Australian academic libraries are currently applying iterative and incremental evaluation to the development of student learning initiatives run by the library. It examines whether there are possible places in the development-cycle of these initiatives where iterative evaluation could happen, and whether it actually does happen.