Merry Christmas from the VicNode Team!

We hope you all have a safe and Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. It has been our pleasure working with you all over the last year. We look forward to another successful year ahead.

The VicNode team will be on break from 22 December up until 7 January, returning on Monday 8 January 2018.



Congrats to Tyne Sumner for being a finalist for the an ACS Digital Disruptors Award

The VicNode team is thrilled to announce that Tyne Sumner, our Culture and communities Engagement team member was a finalist for the Young ICT Professional of the Year at the 2017 ACS Digital Disruptors Awards.

The Young ICT Professional of the Year award is awarded to both a male and female who have
demonstrated excellence in ICT and a commitment to professional development. They are a role model, an example to their peers and conduct themselves with the highest standards of ethics and professionalism.
The candidate is under 30 years of age.

Well done to Tyne on being such a superstar. We are so thrilled for you and to have you on our team.

‘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

Digital Collections Collective at University of Melbourne – 4 May 3pm

The Digital Collections Collective is being held at The University of Melbourne on Thursday 4 May at 3pm. Now in its second iteration, the DCC is an opportunity for researchers, librarians, and archivists to discuss ongoing projects that create or make use of digital collections.

We welcome along all people with an interest in cultural digital collections.

To register please email Tyne at

Thursday 4th May
3pm – 4pm at The Digital Studio, Arts West