A Digital Humanities umbrella?

(via Chris Chester at the University of Sydney from October of last year. I don’t think that the proposal went anywhere).

Is there any value in raising a Digital Humanities umbrella in
Australia?

Next Thursday 6-8pm, Arts Informatics and RIHSS at the University of
Sydney are hosting a talk by Harold Short, and a public forum to
probe the possibilities of establishing an Australian chapter of the
international umbrella body ADHO: the Association of Digital
Humanities Organisations (see my fibreculture-announce post last
week, or the RIHSS website: http://www.rihss.usyd.edu.au/short/ ).

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Darwin’s Missing Notes Go Online

A MISSING notebook clutched by British naturalist Charles Darwin, who circumnavigated the globe, returned to Britain and demolished the Victorian hubris that humans stood alone as the pinnacle of creation, was published for the first time yesterday.The original notebook, which documents Darwin’s observations throughout his five-year voyage to the Amazon, Patagonia and the Pacific aboard HMS Beagle, is presumed stolen, but using a microfilm copy, Cambridge University scientists yesterday made it available free online, along with the entire works of the scientist credited with the most important advance in science of the past 300 years (from the Age) See the site: The Complete Works of Charles Darwin

What is the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories?

The Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories is in many ways, a needed national initiative, except for one small detail. It lacks courage, innovation, and risk. Learning how to keep all the files made by US software in Australian repositories is useful enough in itself, but wouldn’t it be grand if there were Australians who could actually make ‘digitally-born’ e-scholarly works themselves? At the end of the day this is a sophisticated archiving project, but archives can never exist in isolation. There has to be people that make innovative works to put in the archive. The repository movement must never be in the driving seat of scholarship, scholarship must be in the driving seat of scholarship. Australians build buses with no wheels, Aeroplanes with no wings, and repositories with no scholarship. (link)

The APSR Project aims to establish a centre of excellence for the management of of scholarly assets in digital format.

It has an overall focus on the critical issues of the access continuity and the sustainability of digital collections. It will build on a base of demonstrators for digital continuity and sustainability, embedded in developmental repository facilities within partner institutions. It will contribute to national strength in this area by encouraging the development of skills and expertise and providing coordination throughout the sector. It will actively provide international linkages and national services.
The project has four interlinked programs:

Digital Continuity and Sustainability
Centre of excellence to share software tools, expertise and planning strategies.
International Linkages Program
Participate in international standards and maintain a technology watching brief.
National Services Program
Support national teaching and research with technical advisory services; knowledge transfer; consultation and collaboration services.
Practices & Testbed
Build expertise in sustainable digital resource management through partner relationships.

What is ‘ICT Guides’?

The UK based Arts and Humanities Data Service at Kings College in London is a leading example of a centre that advances the use of ICTs within the Humanities. They have a number of fine innovations; such as the Methodologies Network directed by Harold Short plus the recently released ICT Guides. ICT Guides seeks to promote the use of computational methodology across various humanities disciplines at a national level in the UK.

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities at Kings directed by Harold Short (and home to Willard McCarty of the listserv list Humanist) also has a new program offering Ph.Ds in Humanities Computing. What a innovative, bold, and intelligent country England has become under the intellectual power-house government of Tony Blair’s.