Beyond the front page: From digital texts to digital histories

 

Meeting: Wednesday 27 June 2012
6.30 pm, networking and nibbles from 6.00 pm
Venue: ANU Emeritus Faculty, Building 1c/24 Balmain Crescent, Acton
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As more and more cultural resources become available in digital form, new possibilities emerge for exploration and analysis. Starting with the 60 million newspaper articles available through Trove, I’ll introduce some of the tools and technologies that can help us make sense of these digital riches. How can we use them to expose new perspectives and build new narratives? How can they help us to discover, to interpret and to play?

Dr Tim Sherratt is a digital historian, web developer and cultural data hacker who’s been developing online resources relating to archives, museums and history since 1993. He has written on weather, progress and the atomic age, and developed resources including Bright Sparcs, Mapping our Anzacs and The History Wall. He is currently working as a freelance troublemaker, as well as being a Harold White Fellow at the National Library of Australia, a Director’s Fellow at the National Museum of Australia, and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Digital Design and Media Arts Research Cluster at the University of Canberra. Tim is one of the organisers of THATCamp Canberra and a member of the interim committee of the Australasian Association for the Digital Humanities.