1. Ingrid Mason

    Autumn leaves float across the Tasman sea

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    Connections, it is all about connections… that’s all I could think about whilst swimming this morning. A gorgeous Sunday in Sydney, Australia. Blue dome sky and a stupendously bright tree radiating autumn. The reason I have connections on the brain is that my sister Cara and I exchanged images via email last week. She sent me a beautiful picture of golden leaves and I returned with this flaming tree. We were connecting our sense of the season change across the Tasman sea. Linked Open Data Designers Where is this post going you ask? Well, it is going in the direction of something that always bothers me: who are the beneficiaries of the efforts made to provide linked open data? What impact are we going to have as a community of archivists, curators, developers, information managers, librarians, architects — as designers — on our communities, people like my sister, or the researchers I work with? This is a HUGE season change within the GLAM sector. I finally found the time to read a post by Marshall Breeding: The Systems Librarian, 26 May 2013 “Linked Data: the Next Big Wave or Another Tech Fad?. I recommend it, there is a potted history...
  2. Ingrid Mason

    Pop-Up LODLAM at THATCamp Brisvegas

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    Pop-ups are for LODLAM events and not only for café, shops, restaurants or exhibitions! A pop-up LODLAM will happen at the THATCamp in Brisbane on Saturday 25th August 2012. For more details see the THATCamp Brisbane website and make sure if you’re keen to be part of the LODLAM pop-up, ideally you register. The good bit about registering is you also get lunch catered for.   The THATCamp Brisbane organisers invite digital arts and humanities researchers and professionals in the GLAM sector to join in and participate in the unconference. The pop-up LODLAM at the THATCamp follows on from the two LODLAM events run in Melbourne with the support of Eleanor Whitworth (Culture Victoria) and Ely Wallis (Museum Victoria). At both Melbourne LODLAM events, Conal Tuohy has attended to talk about linked open data, and more recently how linked open data might work on the “HuNI” (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) virtual laboratory project, funded by NeCTAR in Australia. The HuNI project website is in the process of being filled and the Trac/wiki working site is up, called Apidictor which may be interesting to follow if people want to see a humanities linked open data project in action. Conal Tuohy will be...
  3. Ingrid Mason

    LODLAM posse for THATCamp Brisbane?

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    Digital humanities plotting by Anna Gerber and others has blossomed into the organisation of a THATCamp in sunny Brisvegas, Queensland, Australia. We’ve been keen to have a LODLAM event in any state or territory in Australia that can rustle up space and interest in talking about and testing our linked open data. So, for anyone in Brisbane on Saturday 25th August 2012, that would like to be a part of the THATCamp action, it is entirely possible that linked open data enthusiasts from the GLAM sector will appear to thrash out their ideas and test some of their code. Queensland GLAMMers and Digital Humanities folk that want to be a part of that, get in touch: thatcampbne [at] gmail [dot] com
  4. Ingrid Mason

    Melbourne LODLAM event, lightning talks and more

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    The Melbourne LODLAM event is shaping up. Put a slot in your diary for Tuesday 17th April! The day will start with a series of lightning talks (5-10 mins) from people active in the field (including Mia Ridge @mia_out) and move to a structured discussion around practical applications in the Victorian and National context (including collaboration around WWI/ANZAC material). More details to come closer to the date. Lightning talks are being arranged. For those that have projects being worked on, please get in touch with Eleanor Whitworth @elewhitworth – the more the merrier! Session details are: 9.30am – 1.00pm (lunch provided) Date: Tuesday 17th April Place: Melbourne Museum, Carlton Gardens RSVP: 10th April: Eleanor Whitworth, Senior Arts Officer/Content Curator, Culture Victoria (Monday – Wednesday) Email: eleanor[dot]whitworth[at]dpc[dot]vic[dot]gov[dot]au or @elewhitworth
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    Canberra LODLAM minibar – Tuesday 27 March 2012

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    Australian politics might dominate the landscape in Canberra during the day and politicians swell the bars in the evening, but linked open data helps anyone to make good connections! rain + night + driving | swirling thoughts | CC by-nc 2.0 The Canberra Linked Open Data – Libraries, Archives Museums (LODLAM) minibar will be held on Tuesday 27th March, 2012 from 5.30-6.30pm. We will meet in the Fellows Bar and Cafe, University House at the Australian National University. Those local to Canberra and in the library, archives, museum and gallery world of metadata and web development, or gov2 enthusiasts or those attending the Australasian Digital Humanities 2012 conference may wish to find peers and interested in attending the lodlam minibar. The Fellows Bar at University House is about 5 minutes walk from the Shine Dome (where the conference is being held). The event is a means to: Get to know each other – let’s all get a drink from the bar and we do some introductions Get some shared understanding – let’s collate some information about what people are doing, ask questions and do some quick brain storming lodlam attendees may like to head out to dinner to continue the...
  6. Ingrid Mason

    LODLAM Australian Style

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    So what is LODLAM Australian style? Does it mean our linked open data will have a particular twang that we all know and love? Will a fantastic dictionary of Australian slang finally impart to the world of searchers and researchers the cultural subtleties between saying AC/DC or acker dacker; or enable people to understand that when you say someone was wearing bathers, swimmers, budgie smugglers or togs – it meant that they were wearing a swim suit? Oh… the joys and that’s just the slang, of amazing connections linked open data is going to offer. Think about all the different (but almost similar) ways events, places, object, and people are referred to – it’s so spooky possums – it can make a girl dizzy! Bondi Swimming Club by Tom Holbrook | CC BY NC SA 2.0 In November last year DigitalNZ hosted a LOD-LAM summit in Wellington, New Zealand. There was a small contingent of Aussies over in Wellington for the National Digital Forum that stayed on for a day to attend the summit. It was a day of great exchange and collective understanding, and better, some rattling of chains into action. The word is that WWI and ANZACs are...
  7. Ingrid Mason

    Time and Tide

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    There are benefits to posting post-event quickly (you get the word out fast) and maybe there are benefits to being so swamped with work that you get time to mull.  It has been nearly a month since lod-lam NZ happened in Wellington and the session on Dec 1, Thursday afternoon on vocabularies was one I’ve been waiting for for some time.  Tim Wray (who is a PhD student from University of Wollongong) wrote in an email “I was wondering if you like to contribute your part – particularly your humanist / social perspective on the issue of vocabularies and alignment”.  Tim is going to explain the discussion in that session from a computational linguistics point of view and his own perspective, so this post is food for the culture vultures and semi-technical cake eaters of the GLAM sector keen on linked open data. These were the topics the conversation ranged through in the vocabularies session: curatorial questions around selecting vocabularies vocabulary as cultural artefact cultural questions around automating vocabularies roles of curation and linguistic computation in aligning vocabularies The discussion that afternoon started solidly thanks to Stuart Yeates from the New Zealand Electronic Text Centre (NZETC) who lead the discussion...
  8. Ingrid Mason

    Persistent Object Identifiers POID

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    I learned about a workshop discussing ideas around persistent identifiers held in the Netherlands last month as a result of seeing an email from Andrew Treloar @atreloar (Australian National Data Service – ANDS).  This workshop organised by the Knowledge Exchange was a seminar to pay: “attention to the usage of PIDs for publications, and increasingly for data, and for combinations of text, media and data. Also the relation with Author Identifiers was discussed. Standardisation and specifications for transparency between systems was addressed.  In break out sessions participants discussed the benefits and challenges in operating multiple persistent identifier systems and the relation of persistent identifiers to Linked Data.” This grabbed my attention because of some of the discussions both semantic and technical at #lodlam back in May and some of the architectural conundrums facing linked open data enthusiasts. “more than 40 experts involved in various Persistent Object Identifier (POID) communities met for a Knowledge Exchange seminar to discuss the challenges and opportunities involved in interoperability between multiple PID-systems.  Three major systems – Handle, URN:NBN and DOI – presented their current state of affairs and examples of their systems in practice….” The presentations from this seminar are online and provide some food for...