Draft, 08 August 2016
This page should be in a useful state, but still needs work before it's finished.
Full details of the three assessment items for this unit are on Moodle. In summary:
Anyone who’s used Moodle knows that it can be difficult to have conversations or keep up to date with the latest information. To overcome some of these difficulties and provide an easy-to-use communication channel, we’ll be making use of Slack – a popular messaging platform for teams.
Slack is widely used in workplaces so, unlike Moodle, it’s a tool you might make use of in your future careers. It’s also more fun than Moodle.
To sign up, just go to:
and use your canberra.edu.au email address to register. The process is painless – just follow the instructions and you’ll be set up in minutes. Once you have your account you might want to download and install one of the Slack apps, so you can have easy access on all of your devices.
For more information see Slack’s Getting Started guide.
Another handy tool you can make use of throughout the unit is Hypothes.is. Hypothes.is makes it easy to add notes and comments to any web page. Including this one – I’ve embedded Hypothes.is in this site.
Try selecting some text on this page – you should see an option to highlight or annotate. That’s Hypothes.is at work. To actually add an annotation you’ll need to set up a free account with Hypothes.is. There’s some more details on this page.
Why might this be useful? You can use it to add your own private notes to activities – to remind you of things to follow up, or important things to remember. If you come across something that I haven’t explained very well, you could add an annotation with a clarification or question. You can use Hypothes.is to make these pages better!
Try Hypothes.is and think about other uses within the cultural heritage sector. For example, here’s a recent blog post that talks about using it with historical sources.
Let’s start our exploration of collections by getting to know Trove.
Why? Trove is a collection of collections – it brings together the holdings of hundreds of organisations, from local historical societies to national institutions. It’s a useful place to get an overview of Australia’s cultural heritage collections. But don’t be fooled into thinking that Trove includes everything! (We’ll be following this up in coming weeks.)
Let’s try a simple search:
As you can see, using Trove you explore collections all around Australia. For more search hints see the Trove help documentation.
And now a challenge. What is the story behind this photo? [Hover for hint]
Stumped? [Another hint]
Trove brings together cultural heritage collections, but it does more. It’s a place where individuals can create and contribute their own collections. For example, anyone can add their photos to Trove, simply by sharing them with the Australia in Pictures group on Flickr.
Do you share photos, links, or posts online? Do you create your own collections using tools such as Pinterest or Tumblr? The development of social media and a range of digital collecting tools has made it easier for us to find, organise and share things that are of interest to us.
Along the way, however, the word ‘curator’ has taken a bit of a battering. Read this short article – ‘All curators now’ and watch this video:
Is there a difference between the sort of collecting that an individual undertakes and what happens in a museum or archive? What is that difference?
This is a question we’ll return to several times throughout this unit. We’ll examine questions like authority and control – who chooses what is kept and why? We’ll also look at how collection items can be embedded within systems that document their context and relationships. What gives an object its meaning, significance, and authenticity?
Using Trove, people can assemble their own collections, reflecting their interests, and serving the needs of their own communities. Let’s look at some examples:
Lists are another way that Trove users can create their own collections. They’re simply groups of resources on a particular topic. Here’s a short video describing how to use them:
Note that lists work a bit differently with digitised newspaper articles.
Following the instructions in the video and the information in the Trove Help Centre, try creating your own list.
Before you start adding items you’ll need to set up your own Trove account:
You’re welcome to create a list on any topic that interests you. If inspiration fails, how about following up on our search example and documenting the amazing history of butter in Australia?
Here are the requirements for your list:
Once you’ve done, go to your list (you can always find your own lists by looking under your User Profile). Click on the ‘List options’ link on the top right of your list and see if you can work out how to select a representative image for your list.
Once you’re done, share a link to your list on Slack.
Trove lists are handy, but they don’t look very pretty. That’s why I built a way of taking the content of a list (or a series of lists) and turning them into a simple online exhibition.
Here’s an exhibition about The Chinese in NSW that pulls together content from 10 different lists. Each list provides a different exhibition theme or topic.
It’s easy to turn your list into an exhibition, just follow these instructions. Have a go and share the results on Slack.
Not only is this a nicer way of presenting the contents of your lists, it’s an example of what becomes possible once we share collection data online. We can not only search it, we can build new things with it. We’ll be exploring more examples of this throughout the unit.