Category Archives: Events

‘Open Archives, Open Minds’: Increasing the value of data through shared collections (Software Carpentry)

On August 31st, our Cultures & Community Engagement Officer, Tyne Sumner, will be holding the next meet-up of the Digital Collections Collective:

‘Open Archives, Open Minds’: Increasing the value of data through shared collections (Software Carpentry)

Tyne will be joined by Alexis Tindall (Research Engagement Specialist, eResearch South Australia) in hosting a presentation and discussion aimed at exploring the current (and future) landscape of cross-archival data sharing.

They’d like to hear from all those interested in the research possibilities of data sharing and transfer across archives.

The meet-up will feature a demonstration and discussion of the new 360 data sharing model developed out of the Cultures & Community Project: a sustainable and scalable API standard that allows data sharing between archives, institutions and research projects (in particular, the Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office and The Prosecution Project). The meetup will also explore the value of APIs for HASS researchers, and introduce you to other common APIs like the TROVE API, and how you can reuse the C&C API by developing your own meta data schema.

Especially welcome are new members of the flourishing Omeka community who are interested in hearing about and discussing some of these ideas.


Thursday 31st August 
2.00pm – 4.00pm

The University of Melbourne
The Lab – Digital Studio, Level 2 (Arts West)
Parkville, VIC 3010

To register:

Hope to see you there!

Victorian Digital Humanities Pathways Forum in Melbourne – July 14th

Next Friday the 14th of July several of our team members will be attending the Victorian Digital Humanities Pathways Forum in Melbourne.

This is a free, day-length event that will bring together local and national research groups, platforms, tools and services working across the digital humanities, arts and social sciences (HASS).

It is an opportunity for those wanting to hear about and discuss the ways in which eResearch technologies have been applied to the humanities to accelerate research projects.

The Melbourne event is built around a theme of ‘communities,’ which the VicNode Cultures & Community Engagement officer Tyne Sumner has spent the past 12 months focusing upon, especially when it comes to storage and infrastructure support for Humanities researchers. The interactive, discussions-based program means that you can have your say on how the community can come together across a range of subjects including: training, expert support mechanisms, technology platforms, data or collections infrastructure.

The program will include the following topics and speakers:

Coffee & networking

Introduction and Keynote by Ross Wilkinson, ANDS Executive Director

Unlocking the Australian Archives
Cultures and Community 360 data sharing model – Sarah Nisbet, eRSA
Prosecutions Project – Professor Mark Finnane, Griffith University

Victoria Digital HASS – A discussion exploring digital HASS research in Victoria, highlighting institutional activities, indicative leading projects, and challenges.
Facilitator – Greg D’Arcy

Networking Lunch

Digital Humanities beyond the University – Cultural institutions in the Victorian GLAM sector speak about their collections and how they make them available to researchers.
Facilitator – Dr Lyle Winton, University of Melbourne

Panelists to be confirmed – Join the panel!

National HASS infrastructure – An opportunity to discover the latest in HASS infrastructure in Australia and how it is relevant to our current projects.

Data & Cloud and what’s next for Digital Humanities -An interactive session around cloud-based research and the upcoming developments and challenges facing Digital Humanities.

This Pathways forum is for anyone in Victoria working across the humanities, social sciences, arts and GLAM sectors. If you’re a researcher or supporting research in the humanities and social sciences in Victoria, this event is for you.

Register to secure your spot:

Fri. 14 July 2017
9:00 am – 3:45 pm AEST

Deakin Downtown
Level 12, Tower 2
727 Collins Street
Melbourne, Victoria 3008

Data Storytelling for Researchers Event at the University of Melbourne

Data Storytelling event for researchers is a 2 day intensive event run by the Research Platform Services on Monday 3 July and Tuesday 4th July from 9am – 5pm at the University of Melbourne Arts West, Digital Studio, Level 3 Digital Workshop.

The event has  4 streams:

  • Displaying data divinely – archiving and online exhibits
  • Digital Archives of 3D objects
  • Textual Analysis of Social Media data
  • Analysis and Visualisation of Public Datasets

It is an interactive team based event. Participants will be mentored in groups and supported in answering self guided research questions with new digital methods, from data collection to communicating your research story with data visualisations.

Drinks and canapes will be served at the final presentation

To register please go to

Digital Collections Collective Meeting 15 June 3pm

The VicNode team would like to invite you to the 3rd meeting of the Digital Collections Collective on Thursday 15 June from 3-4pm at the University of Melbourne, Room 211, Digital Studio Arts West. The meeting will be followed by drinks at Tsubu afterwards.

This is an opportunity for researchers, librarians and archivists to discuss ongoing projects that create or make use of digital collections. This meeting will have a focus on the digitization and display of RARE Books.

To register please go to

For more information please email Tyne Summer

Data Custodian Meet up at the University of Melbourne -Wednesday 22 March

The next Data Custodian Meet up is being held on Wednesday 22 March at the University of Melbourne, Arts West Building, Digital Lab on Level 2 at 11am.

We want to hear from you and get a chance to talk about your research data collection, storage and data management. The session will give you an opportunity to talk to VicNode Sponsors, storage operators, managers as well as our Collections Manager and Technical Infrastructure Specialist.

Discussion topics are:

  • University of Melbourne Operating centre updates
  • Using Omeka to showcase your collection
  • On building a film archive

FREE Lunch will be provided from 12pm onwards.

Please RSVP by Monday 20 March for catering purposes.

If you have any dietary requirements please email

Data Custodian Meet up at Monash University on 16 February at 11am

The next Data Custodian meet up will be held on Thursday 16 February at Monash University at 11am.

The agenda for our next meet up is as follows

  • Monash University updates
  • Monash Data Centre Move updates
  • Data Management best practice use case
  • Lunch and networking

FREE lunch will be provided. For catering purposes please RSVP by Monday 13 February using the link below

Monash University Data Centre Move in 2017

Monash University will be shifting the location of its “research data centre” (by approximately 2kms). Monash hosts over 3800 direct users on nationally accessible and privately prioritized research computing infrastructure, many of which are effected by this move.

The move will take place in 2 phases:

Phase 1: 14 – 22 January 2017

High performance computing and research data systems will be completely offline. Users won’t be able to log in during this week.

Phase 2: early February – early March 2017

Research Cloud will be moved gradually, while keeping the overall service online. Existing Research Cloud instances/VMs will be offline – migrated to the new facility. A one hour downtime per instance is expected.

What this means for VicNode users

Users of the Ceph Market (VicNode) will be offline migrated between the two data centers, a key technological advantage of our Ceph approach. During this period some performance degradation maybe felt and some users may have nuances that cause minor outages. Users of the SONAS (VicNode) infrastructure will have an outage. We urge you to download any data that you may need access to during the outage period.

For the full notice and more information on how this will affect your research please see the Monash Notice below

If you have any specific questions, require advice and/or assistance, or wish to further discuss your needs or concerns, please contact


The Research Bazaar 2017 Registrations Open

The Research Bazaar is a worldwide festival promoting the digital literacy emerging at the  centre of modern research.

This year the Melbourne event will be held on 21 – 23 February at the University of Melbourne. The event is free and researchers from all career stages and walks of life are welcome.

Applications for the Melbourne site close on 15 December, so head to to apply!

(Not from Melbourne? Check the global page for a site near you.)

If you’ve got a question please see The Research Bazaar website You can also tweet the team at @ResPlat or email