Published: 22 Mar 2019 under INTERVIEW
Everyone loves Trove
Radio National Late Night Live interview from Wednesday 20 March 2019
The Digital Studio supports international knowledge exchange across the digital humanities, arts and social sciences, by hosting a range of fellows and visiting researchers.
The Digital Studio hosted Dr Rafael Cabredo from 19 October until 14 December 2019, in partnership with Graduate House as part of the United Board Fellowship program.
Dr Rafael Cabredo is the Dean of the College of Computer Studies at De La Salle University in the Philippines. Digital humanities is a burgeoning domain for researchers at De La Salle University, with new collaborations established between the College of Computer Studies and the College of Liberal Arts supporting the development of a number of local digital heritage projects - from documenting native dance and local languages, to using natural language processing to analyse historical texts and literature. Dr Cabredo's research draws on classical music training to blend music theory with computer science techniques, such as discovering how different chord progressions evoke emotional responses in listeners.
As an Honorary Fellow in the Digital Studio, Dr Cabredo explored how the digital humanities are delivered at the University of Melbourne, examining models for interdisciplinary practice and collaboration that can help inform research at his home university. He engaged with academics across faculties at Melbourne to share perspectives and approaches that support the continuing development of digital humanities tools and methods in the Philippines.
The Digital Studio hosted Dr Liz Stainforth from June to October 2018, as part of the Australian Endeavour Fellowship Scheme.
Being based in the Digital Studio was a brilliant experience. Taking part in the Studio's Digital Heritage Seminar Series, provided invaluable networking opportunities and connected me with other Digital Humanities researchers.
Elizabeth Stainforth completed her doctoral studies in 2016 and has since worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities (University of Edinburgh) and as a Lecturer at the University of Leeds. Her research explores digital heritage and memory cultures, and she is currently working on a collaborative book-length project about digital archiving practices (provisional title: All and Each: Dialogues in the Digital Archive). She has been an Associate Editor for parallax journal and published articles in journals including Museum and Society and Digital Humanities Quarterly.
Elizabeth's Endeavour Research Fellowship explored digital heritage culture in Australia, and the ways in which digital cultures inform wider social transformations. The study focuses on Trove, a digital heritage aggregator hosted by the National Library of Australia, which provides online access to a range of Australian cultural heritage resources. Trove is one among a number of aggregators, including Europeana, Digital NZ and the Digital Public Library of America, that point towards the reimagining of library and museum spaces online. This development raises important questions about the negotiation of public space, collections preservation and cultural engagement in the digital environment.
The project has two distinct but related aims: first, to investigate the development of Trove, alongside comparable initiatives, in order to promote new understandings of their infrastructures; second, to look at the social context for digital heritage, with an emphasis on the collections of Australian public heritage institutions.