2018 Internship projects

  • Melbourne Urban Directories: Putting People in Place
    Academic(s): Professor Andrew J May, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
    Intern(s): Mr Argyris Karavis, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

    Project Summary

    The Melbourne Directories are a rich source of historical information held in the Baillieu Library. Information in the directories reflects the expansion of the metropolis and development of its social and commercial life. The directories contain three types of information: an alphabetical listing of surnames, property-by-property and street-by-street listing across Melbourne’s suburb; and trade and professional listings. The directories have recently been fully digitised to PDF format, with accompanying Optical Character Recognition (OCR) generated transcriptions. This internship project focuses on further processing to the OCR data to make it useful for the purposes of Digital Humanities research. The project aims to produce a subset of the data from one city block for analysis and geospatial tagging.

  • Captured and Captioned: Representing Family Live on Instagram
    Academic(s): Dr Signe Ravn, Dr Ashley Barnwell, Dr Barbara Barbosa Neves, School of Social and Political Sciences
    Intern(s): Ms Fangyi Lu, School of Culture and Communications

    Project Summary

    The project explores different family representations on Instagram, through a qualitative study of a purposive sample of posts (images and text) related to family relationships and moments. Data includes hashtags associated with family, generations and memories. One hundred and fifty posts were collected which included public images and user-data, text, and comments. The researchers have identified some coding and ethical issues that have halted the project. The intern project revisits the initial dataset to supplement this with additional data. The intern will also give advice on ethical issues surrounding the data and social media mining.

  • Visualisation for Database on Fatal Shootings of Drugs Suspects
    Academic(s): Dr Dave McRae, Asia Institute
    Intern(s): Ms Eliza O’Donnell, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

    Project Summary

    This project involves a partnership with Indonesia’s leading human rights monitors to establish and disseminate a joint database of fatal shootings of drugs suspects in Indonesia. There were 99 such shootings in 2017, a significant increase on previous years. Shootings have continued at a similar rate in 2018. In coordination with Amnesty International Indonesia, The Commission for Missing Persons and Victims of Violence, and Community Legal Aid, Dr McRae has established a Google Form to enable all organisations to input data to a common spreadsheet. Historical data is also available for 2017, 2016 and 2015. The internship focuses on establishing a verification workflow for raw data on common spreadsheet to ensure optimal coding for analysis and visualisation, and advice on appropriate software platforms for visualisation and mapping.

  • VCA Film and Television Digital Archive Project
    Academic(s): Ms Donna Hensler, Faculty of Fine Arts and Music, VCA Film and Television
    Intern(s): Ms Victoria Perin, Art History, School of Culture and Communications

    Project Summary

    Over the past fifty years, VCA Film and Television (formerly the Swinburne School of Film and Television) has amassed an archive which comprises hundreds of short films. These films reflect a broad cross section of Australian daily life and film culture and illustrate how it has changed over that time. The Archive is a significant and unique resource of cultural information, sound, stories and images that document Australian life and history. The Film School is preparing its assets to release the student film archive online, which will be the largest short film repository in Australia. Once accessible through digitisation, the Archive will be a rich and expanding resource on film culture and local history for university staff, students, alumni, Australian screen industry professionals and the public by providing a unique social and cultural history. The intern will work in the academic supervisor to assist in the creation of metadata for films. The project work will support the digitisation and online publication of the film archive channel.

  • Upgrade the Classics & Archaeology Virtual Museum
    Academic(s): Mr John Burke, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
    Intern(s): Miss Gemma Lee, Classics and Archaeology, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies and Ms Sophie Claire Russell, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

    Project Summary

    The Virtual Museum comprises data about some 2400 items in one of the university's major cultural collections, along with over 23,000 images of them; there are 100 QuickTime Virtual Reality object movies. The website presents an overview of the collections and their history. The internship focuses on updating new acquisitions and missing objects that have been found, creating new data for items where possible and designing a new web interface that expands search functionality and usability.

  • Network Analysis the Cross-Cultural Interaction of International Students
    Academic(s): Associate Professor Paul Gruba, School of Languages and Linguistics
    Intern(s): Mr William Lukamto, School of Social and Political Sciences

    Project Summary

    Despite the integrated use of social media in the lives of contemporary students, little is known how they interact across cultures to foster friendships, publicise events and otherwise generate a sense of belonging. The purpose of this study is to investigate ways that international students interact across social media networks; with the insights generated by analysis, training at the university for the development of ͚global citizens͛ may be enhanced. The internship focuses on the scope of data collection (ie identification of appropriate platform(s)), gathering the data, data wrangling, formatting and identification of suitable tool(s) for analysis.

  • Genealogies of Warruwi Community: integrating current materials
    Academic(s): Dr Ruth Singer, School of Languages and Linguistics
    Intern(s): Ms Dang Nguyen, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

    Project Summary

    This project seeks to trace mobility of people and changes in ethnolinguistic affiliations of members of Warruwi Community, over the last century. The study of this small community in western Arnhem Land aims to trace the emergence of the Mawng language as the 'main language' of a highly multilingual community. A scanned genealogy compiled during the mission era has been put into an orphaned kinship/genealogy app 'KinOath'. The aim of the internship is to explore meaningful ways to export this data and access it through other databases apps, and also incorporate additional data collected at Warruwi by anthropologist Peter Sutton in 1981, and by linguist Heather Hewett in the 1960's.

  • Digital Collection Engagement
    Academic(s): Mr Ryan Johnston, Buxton Contemporary, Chancellery
    Intern(s): Ms Nicole Davis, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

    Project Summary

    Buxton Contemporary is a new museum focused on contemporary Australian art. It has been founded to house the Michael Buxton Collection of 350 artworks by 59 artists. The collection cannot be displayed all at once, and the museum will host non-collection shows, so the Museum is interested in providing a rich digital collection experience through the website. A particular focus of the museum is the foregrounding of artists voices and processes. The internship will explore avenues for digital engagement, which may include new modes of digital presentation or collection search; optimising catalogue meta-data for online engagement; or ways of adding other rich content to online catalogue records (eg bibliographic texts, audio recordings etc...).

  • Execution Ballads of Pre-Modern Europe
    Academic(s): Dr Una McIlvenna, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies
    Intern(s): Ms Julianne Bell, Grimwade Centre for Cultural Materials Conservation, School of Historical and Philosophical Studies

    Project Summary

    This project has developed a database on execution ballads (cheaply printed songs about crime and punishment dating from c. 1550-1900) that includes hundreds, if not thousands of items. These are partly in textual form (transcriptions of lyrics, notes on historical context, dates of publishing, etc), partly pictorial (images of the pamphlets and broadsides, images of historical figures who feature in the ballads, etc), and some audio recordings. Until recently, this has been stored in a MySQL database on Heurist software. The intern project will transfer and set up the database correctly in the content management software Omeka, as well as adding to the database.

  • War Words and the Evolution of Australian English
    Academic(s): Professor Véronique Duché, School of Languages and Linguistics
    Intern(s): Dr Daniel Russo-Batterham, School of Languages and Linguistics

    Project Summary

    This project examines a corpus of around 170,000 words drawn from the wartime issues of Aussie: The Australian Soldiers’ Magazine. The internship extends this corpus to issues of Aussie magazine published after the war, which were produced monthly until 1932. Around 140 of these issues are available on microfilms, but these will be digitised and scanned with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) software prior to the commencement of the internship. The result will be a set of searchable PDFs. The intern will add metadata to the articles in each issue; translate the PDF data into plain text; provide summary statistics of the contents of the database and, if time permits, add the totality of the extracted text to a Sketch Engine corpus.