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Tuesday, November 21

13:30 NZDT

Migrating QuakeStudies to Islandora
The UC QuakeStudies digital repository stores over 150,000 items arising from the Canterbury earthquakes. In this case study we review the recent migration of the archive from a custom code solution to the open-source Islandora digital repository platform (Drupal, Fedora Commons, Solr). We describe motivations, the metadata changes (Dublin Core, DC Terms, schema.org, RDF, etc.) and technical challenges and solutions, and demo some new features.


Jonathan Hunt

Senior Web Developer, Catalyst IT
Jonathan Hunt is a Senior Web Developer at Catalyst IT with an interest in open data and cultural heritage.

Jennifer Middendorf

CEISMIC Production Coordinator at University of Canterbury, University of Cantebury
Jennifer Middendorf is the UC CEISMIC Production Coordinator at University of Canterbury, and has been involved with the QuakeStudies archive since its beginnings in 2011.

Tuesday November 21, 2017 13:30 - 13:55 NZDT
Rangimarie 1, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 55 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

14:00 NZDT

Oceania.digital – weaving Digital NZ and Trove into the Linked Open Data web
In this presentation I will explore the problem of how to facilitate and open up new uses for aggregated cultural metadata using Linked Data as an organising principle. The National Libraries of New Zealand and Australia, through their respective metadata aggregation services Digital NZ and Trove, are aggregating significant metadata collections from cultural heritage institutions in the two countries, and republishing them through web APIs which provide a search interface across their entire data aggregation. However, the utility of the aggregated datasets and their APIs is limited by their particular focus on the catalogue items themselves, at the expense of the contextual entities which relate to those items: people, places, things, and ideas, which are treated as secondary. I am developing Oceania.digital, a cloud based service for re-publishing NZ and Australian cultural heritage data as Linked Open Data. In this presentation I will use Oceania.digital to show how repackaging the aggregated metadata as Linked Data can facilitate reuse by web developers and end users, and enable new methods and approaches to online engagement with the dataset. Crucially, these new approaches allow the data to be interrogated from different perspectives, and to be richly interlinked with data and narratives from other sources, as part of the growing global web of Linked Open Data. This presentation will be of interest to collection managers and technologists in GLAMS, as well as humanities researchers and cultural creators seeking new kinds of access to collections data.

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Conal Tuohy

Independent software developer
I am an independent software developer and consultant, originally from NZ, but now based in Brisbane, Australia. I help digital humanities researchers and people in the cultural sector to unlock the value in their collection metadata or transcriptions and make them fit for new purposes... Read More →

Tuesday November 21, 2017 14:00 - 14:25 NZDT
Rangimarie 1, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 55 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011

14:30 NZDT

Unexpected connections: reimagining the nineteenth century through generative art
This talk probes how serendipity provides opportunities to rethink biography in the digital age as a complex system of meshworks, lifegrids, and palimpsests. Stumbling across hitherto unknown sources, making unexpected connections, and telling new stories with old objects is an experience that has been characterised as ‘the allure of the archive.’ Historians are now turning to digital technologies to help extend and enhance that experience. Generative art, in particular, provides one avenue for new modes of archival exploration and expression. Unexpected Connections is a digital installation based upon Mitchell Whitelaw’s interactive work Succession: digital fossils for an industrial age and reinterpreted by Marsden technical lead Rhys Owen. It explores the combination of serendipity and palimpsests using a randomised search algorithm to draw down a range of digitized print assets related to William Colenso and his contemporaries from DigitalNZ. The interface reassembles them into a suite of transparent overlays that both evokes the geology – if not palaeontology – of the archival research enterprise and affords opportunities to turn chance encounters into unexpected connections. The subsequent output of digital images to 3D printed plates then analogue printing by letterpress furthers complicates the boundaries between print and digital, and interrogates the metaphysics of the technology continuum.


Rhys Owen

Technical Lead
Rhys Owen is Technical Lead on Sydney's latest Marsden-funded digital humanities project. He comes with longstanding experience in data visualisation, systems design, and the use of digitised cultural heritage assets for research and user interaction.

Sydney J Shep

Reader in Book History and The Printer, Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington
Dr Sydney J. Shep is Reader in Book History and The Printer, Wai-te-ata Press, Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand. She is at the forefront of cross-disciplinary digital research in the humanities, embracing new digital humanities approaches and advanced computational science... Read More →

Tuesday November 21, 2017 14:30 - 14:55 NZDT
Rangimarie 1, Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa 55 Cable St, Te Aro, Wellington 6011