Humanities, Arts & Culture Data Summit

Humanities, Arts & Culture Data Summit

The Academy's Humanities, Arts & Culture Data Summit will progress the humanities, arts and culture research infrastructure agenda and will be held 14-15 March 2018, Canberra.

Date: 14-15 March, 2018

Location:  National Film and Sound Archive, McCoy Circuit, Acton, Canberra, 

Overview:  Digital and ‘big data’ developments are transforming possibilities for research into Australian society and culture, enabling at-scale research into our history and heritage, our place in the region, and the way we live now and into the future. Yet Australia’s unique ‘data’ and source material required for this research – artefacts, field notes, film, oral recordings – are largely unconnected and locked away in individual projects, collections and institutions.

The Humanities, Arts & Culture Data Summit aims to bring together researchers, policy makers and institutions to discuss a national strategic approach to support future data-driven research and drive step-change in the way researchers can discover, access, mine and analyse Australia’s social and cultural data.

Themes include:

  • Visions for a national strategic collaborative agenda for humanities, arts and culture research
  • Current and future possibilities for sharing, mining, and analysing humanities, arts and cultural data
  • Critical and ethical approaches to research data management
  • Digital infrastructures and tools we need now and over next 5-10 years
  • Building next-generation platforms 

The Australian Academy of the Humanities has been working with the Academy of Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA) and gallery, libraries, archives and museum (GLAM) sector colleagues to develop a proposal for Platforms for Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) as part of the National Research Infrastructure roadmap and investment process. The summit will be an opportunity to discuss and progress this work for the humanities and arts.

Program highlights and speakers confirmed to date:

  • History and futures of research infrastructure, with Professor Gerard Goggin FAHA (University of Sydney) and Dr Kylie Brass (Australian Academy of the Humanities)  
  • Humanities, arts and culture data collections, practices, and curation lifecycles with Roxanne Missingham (Australian National University), Ingrid Mason (AARNet) Professor Julian Thomas FAHA (RMIT University) and Alison Dellit (National Library of Australia). 
  • Research infrastructure initiatives with Professor Joanne Tompkins (ARC), Professor Linda Barwick FAHA (PARADISEC, University of Sydney), Professor Julian Meyrick (AusStage, Flinders University), Professor Mark Finnane FASSA FAHA (Prosecution Project, Griffith University), Professor Patrik Wilkström (QUT) and Sarah Nisbet (HASS DEVL project, eRSA)
  • Models, platforms, and challenges with Alec Coles (Western Australia Museum) , Dr John La Salle (Atlas of Living Australia), Dr Merran Smith, (Population Health Research Network), Andrew Gilbert (Bioplatforms), Dr Steve McEachern (Australian Data Archive) and Professor Bert Roberts (ARC Centre of Excellence for Biodiversity & Heritage)
  • Vision for a national strategic collaborative agenda with Jan Müller (National Film & Sound Archive), Emeritus Professor Tom Cochrane (QUT) and Professor Rachel Fensham (Social and Cultural Informatics Platform, University of Melbourne)

Registrations: Please complete the registration form to confirm your attendance. The delegate fee includes meals, refreshments, complimentary reception on 14 March, and resources provided on the day. 

Further details: Delegates will be provided will full details of the program, speaker profiles, and other information closer to the date. Please contact the Academy's Director of Policy & Research, Kylie Brass.

The Academy is grateful for the Australia’s Academic and Research Network (AARNet) generous sponsorship of the Thursday evening reception and to the National Film and Sound Archive for their support in hosting the summit.  


March 14th, 2018 9:30 AM   through   March 15th, 2018 3:00 PM
National Film & Sound Archive
McCoy Circuit
Canberra, ACT
Delegate fee - $100 (including GST)
Delegate reception - 5pm-6pm 14 March (free event)

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