Digital Humanities Pathways Forum Recap: Sydney, 10 November 2017

Macquarie University Library hosted the latest instalment of our series of Digital Humanities Pathways events on Friday 10 November.


  1. The fifth in this series brought together around 60 participants, including researchers, librarians, archivists, eResearch support, and people who manage facilities that host digital tools, including immersive and simulation environments.
  2. Professor Ross Harley, Dean of UNSW Art and Design, kicked off with a rich, wide-ranging talk about Design and Art Australia Online, Humanities Networked Infrastructure, and various projects that enable new and more appropriate ways of discovering, sharing, exploring and analysing humanities research data. He described the value of visualisation and opportunities to explore collections beyond the search box.
  3. HuNI: Helping Humanities researchers Get Lucky
  4. Ross Farley posed some challenges towards the end of his presentation, especially around sustainability and open access principles. He explained that so many projects depend on voluntary contributions, which leaves us with some big challenges after the initial idealism of the Creative Commons movement. He also challenged us to remember the civic nature of cultural data and to think about sustainability in an environment where large corporations are absorbing and using our open access public data.
  5. In closing, Ross promoted the amazing upcoming Visualisation Matters, which looks like an amazing opportunity to explore visualisation in art and science - November 21 and 22 in Sydney.
  6. After Ross Harley's inspiring projects and provocative challenges, we explored platforms and infrastructure from Alveo, FAIMS and Macquarie's own Pedestal 3D visualisation system. Steve Cassidy, Shawn Ross and Peter Reeves talked about the development of their platforms, touching on issues such as managing and collating small data, data citations and tracking contribution effort, and using 3D visualisation in teaching and learning.