HASS Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (DEVL)

Project details

The Digital Studio is playing a key role in the future of national Humanities data-driven research as one of the nodes that is leading the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (HASS DEVL). Following a formative year with eResearch South Australia, the HASS DEVL and Tinker (its online data and tools platform) have come under new management in 2019.

The project’s new lead agent, QCIF, in partnership with the University of Melbourne will bring together fragmented data, tools and services into a shared workspace as well as deliver training and engagement opportunities for HASS researchers nationally. University of Queensland’s Marco Fahmi (HASS DeVL project manager) is working closely with Dr Tyne Daile Sumner at the University of Melbourne in her role as deputy project manager. Tyne brings an invaluable set of skills and experience to the project with a research background in Humanities (Literary Studies and Surveillance Studies) as well as experience in digital research tools training, building communities of practice, consulting on digital and data projects and leading dynamic teams.

Funded by NCRIS investment through the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), the HASS DEVL project aims to increase the capacity for innovative data-driven research in the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences by building skills and giving confidence to those using digital tools and methods. The Tinker digital platform provides an easy-to-use ecosystem of data, tools and services including Text Analysis tools, Transcription tools, guidance on working with Geospatial data, and a bespoke HASS environment for learning and using Jupyter Notebooks.

The project’s Queensland node (the Queensland Digital HASS Network — a collaboration between The University of Queensland, Griffith and QUT) will carry out technology development, training and skills development, communications. Meanwhile, the Victorian node (based at the University of Melbourne) will deliver a Data Curation Framework and community engagement activities including the Digital HASS Champions program, roundtables and workshops. Both nodes will continue working closely together to  contribute to a future vision for digital HASS research

The project’s key institutional partners include:

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