We’re very excited to be working with two of our LIEF partners, The University of Melbourne (Prof Jaynie Anderson and A/Prof Alison Inglis) and Deakin University (Prof Deb Verhoeven), on this upcoming event.  We’ll post more details shortly.


The Australian Institute Of Art History
5 June 2015

Prof Deb Verhoeven
Deb Verhoeven is Professor and Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University, She is also Director of the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) project, a national linked data initiative that unites and unlocks Australia’s cultural datasets.

Dr Gillian Fuller
Gillian Fuller is Visiting Research Scholar at National Institute of Experimental Arts, UNSW and former Research Director of Design &  Art Australia Online.

We’ve been hearing a lot about e-research and Digital Humanities in recent years. Coupled with these term are other terms, equally opaque, such as metadata, virtual laboratories, data mapping. Then come the acronyms, NLA, DAAO, HUNI, RDF,SQL, API. It seems so removed from established research practices in Humanities. In this talk Verhoeven and Fuller will discuss how data-driven research is being used in the creative arts and showcase two leading digital humanities projects in the area: Design & Art Australia Online and HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure).

We will also address three pressing issues for Digital Humanities:

  • Representation: ensuring Australia’s cultural heritage is preserved and visible.
  • Methods of Analysis; what can you do with cultural data? What kind of research does it afford? And what critical discussions need to be had about data driven methods?
  • Participation and engagement:  What do we really mean by this?

HuNI (Humanities Networked Infrastructure) is a national Virtual Laboratory project developed as part of the Australian government’s NeCTAR (National e-Research Collaboration Tools and Resources) program. HuNI combines information from 30 of Australia’s most significant cultural datasets covering more than 2 million authoritative records relating to the people, organisations, objects and events that make up Australia’s rich cultural heritage. HuNI also enables researchers to work with and share this large-scale aggregation of cultural information.

Design & Art Australia Online (DAAO) is a collaborative e-Research tool built upon the foundations of the Dictionary of Australian Artists Online. DAAO is an open source freely accessible scholarly e-Research tool that presents biographical data about Australian artists, designers, craftspeople and curators.