About me

Tim Sherratt

I’m a digital historian, web developer and cultural data hacker who’s been developing online resources relating to archives, museums and history since 1993. I’ve written on weather, progress and the atomic age, and developed resources including Bright Sparcs, Mapping our Anzacs and QueryPic. I’m currently the Manager of Trove at the National Library of Australia, as well as being an Adjunct Associate Professor in the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research at the University of Canberra. I’m one of the organisers of THATCamp Canberra and a member of the committee of the Australasian Association for the Digital Humanities. Email: tim@discontents.com.au

Bookish things

Tim Sherratt. (2007). Inigo Jones: The Weather Prophet. Melbourne: Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology.
Tim Sherratt, Libby Robin, & Tom Griffiths (Eds.). (2005). A Change in the Weather: Climate and Culture in Australia. Canberra: National Museum of Australia Press. Retrieved from http://www.nma.gov.au/about_us/publications/a_change_in_the_weather/
Sherratt, T. (2003). Atomic Wonderland: Science and Progress in Twentieth Century Australia (PhD). Australian National University. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/shoebox/history-of-australian-science/atomic-wonderland
Tim Sherratt, Lisa Jooste, & Rosanne Clayton (Eds.). (1995). Recovering Science - Strategies and Models for the Past, Present and Future - Proceedings of a conference held at the University of Melbourne, October 1992. Canberra: Australian Science Archives Project. Retrieved from http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/confs/recovering/

Book chapters and articles

Tim Sherratt. (2011). Bringing Life to Records: “Mapping Our Anzacs” at the National Archives of Australia. In Kate Theimer (Ed.), A Different Kind of Web: New Connections between Archives and Our Users with Web 2.0. Society of American Archivists.
Sherratt, T. (2011). It’s all about the stuff: Collections, interfaces, power and people. Journal of Digital Humanities, 1(1). Retrieved from http://journalofdigitalhumanities.org/1-1/its-all-about-the-stuff-by-tim-sherratt/
Tim Sherratt. (2009). Emerging technologies for the provision of access to archives: Issues, challenges and ideas. Retrieved from http://www.scribd.com/doc/24402148/Emerging-technologies-for-the-provision-of-access-to-archives-issues-challenges-and-ideas
Tim Sherratt. (2008). The motion that might have saved the Whitlam government. National Archives of Australia. Retrieved from http://naa.gov.au/whats-on/online/feature-exhibits/dismissal/index.aspx
Tim Sherratt. (2006). Frontiers of the future: science and progress in 20th-century Australia. In D. B. Rose & R. Davis (Eds.), Dislocating the frontier: essaying the mystique of the outback (pp. 121–142). Canberra: ANU E-Press. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/frontiers-of-the-future
Tim Sherratt. (2006). Civilisation versus the giant, winged lizards – Changing climates, changing minds. Altitude, (7). Retrieved from http://pandora.nla.gov.au/pan/13197/20060927-0000/www.api-network.com/cgi-bin/altitude21c/flyfacd.html?page=Issue7&n=1
Tim Sherratt. (2005). Human elements. In T. Sherratt, L. Robin, & T. Griffiths (Eds.), A Change in the Weather: Climate and Culture in Australia (pp. 1–17). Canberra: National Museum of Australia Press. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/human-elements
Tim Sherratt. (2005). Remembering Lawrence Hargrave. In G. Davison & K. Webber (Eds.), Yesterday’s Tomorrows: The Powerhouse Museum and its precursors (pp. 174–185). Sydney: Powerhouse Museum in association with UNSW Press. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/remembering-lawrence-hargrave
Tim Sherratt. (2001). The weather prophets. In Federation and Meteorology. Melbourne: Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre. Retrieved from http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/fam/0006.html
Tim Sherratt. (2001). A climate for a nation. In Federation and Meteorology. Australian Science and Technology Heritage Centre. Retrieved from http://www.austehc.unimelb.edu.au/fam/0001.html
Tim Sherratt. (1998). Atomic testing. In Graeme Davison, John Hirst, & Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Australian History (pp. 42–3). Melbourne: Oxford University Press.
Tim Sherratt. (1998). David, Tannatt William Edgeworth (1858-1934). In Graeme Davison, John Hirst, & Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Australian History (p. 178). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/edgeworth-david
Tim Sherratt. (1998). Florey, Howard Walter (1898-1968). In Graeme Davison, John Hirst, & Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Australian History (p. 258). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/howard-florey
Tim Sherratt. (1998). CSIRO. In Graeme Davison, John Hirst, & Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Australian History (pp. 164–5). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/csiro
Tim Sherratt. (1998). Science, history of. In Graeme Davison, John Hirst, & Stuart Macintyre (Eds.), Oxford Companion to Australian History (pp. 572–3). Melbourne: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/history-of-science-in-australia
Tim Sherratt, & Anne-Marie Conde. (1996). A wartime observatory observed: the Mount Stromlo community, 1940-1945. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/shoebox/history-of-australian-science/a-wartime-observatory-observed
Tim Sherratt, & Gavan McCarthy. (1996). Mapping scientific memory. Archives and Manuscripts, 24(1). Retrieved from http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/pubs/articles/gjm/mapscimem.htm
Tim Sherratt. (1993). “A physicist would be best out of it”: George Briggs at the United Nations Atomic Energy Commission. Voices, (Autumn). Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/a-physicist-would-be-best-out-of-it
Tim Sherratt. (1985). Australian scientists at the British atomic tests. In Robyn Williams (Ed.), Science Show 2 (pp. 216–9). Nelson. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/australian-scientists-at-the-british-atomic-tests
Tim Sherratt. (1985). “A political inconvenience”: Australian scientists as the British atomic weapons tests, 1952-3. Historical Records of Australian Science, 6(2), 137–152. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/a-political-inconvenience
Tim Sherratt, & Tom Griffiths. (206AD). What if the northern rivers had been turned inland. In Stuart Macintyre & Sean Scalmer (Eds.), What if? Australian history as it might have been (pp. 234–254). Melbourne: Melbourne University Press.

Speeches and presentations

Sherratt, T. (2013, February 26). Exposing the archives of White Australia. Invited presentation presented at the UK Institute of Historical Research’s Digital History Seminar series. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/exposing-the-archives-of-white-australia/
Sherratt, T. (2013, March 1). Exploring with confidence. Invited presentation presented at the 2013 Australian Digital Alliance Copyright Forum, Canberra. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/exploring-with-confidence/
Sherratt, T. (2013, April 25). A map and some pins’: open data and unlimited horizons. Keynote presented at the Digisam conference on Open Heritage Data in the Nordic Region, Malmö. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/a-map-and-some-pins-open-data-and-unlimited-horizons/
Sherratt, T. (2013, June 21). Conversations with collections. Presented at the Digital Treasures Symposium, University of Canberra, Canberra. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/conversations-with-collections/
Sherratt, T. (2013, October 23). Beyond Discovery. Presented at the eResearch 2013, Brisbane.
Sherratt, T. (2013, October 21). From portals to platforms: building new frameworks for user engagement. Presented at the LIANZA 2013 Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand. Retrieved from http://www.nla.gov.au/our-publications/staff-papers/from-portal-to-platform
Sherratt, T. (2013, September 23). Collected Content / Distributed Meanings. Presented at the South Australian State History Conference, Adelaide. Retrieved from http://www.nla.gov.au/our-publications/staff-papers/collected-content-distributed-meanings
Sherratt, T. (2013, September 10). Reinventing digital culture. Presented at the Innovative Ideas Forum, National Library of Australia. Retrieved from http://www.nla.gov.au/podcasts/innovative-ideas-forum.html#reinventing-digital-culture
Sherratt, T. (2012, May 8). Mining for meanings. Presented at the Harold White Fellowship public lecture, National Library of Australia. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/speeches/mining-for-meanings
Sherratt, T. (2012). Inside the bureaucracy of White Australia. Presented at the Digital Humanities Australasia, Canberra. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/wragge/inside-the-bureaucracy-of-white-australia
Sherratt, T. (2012, February). Mining the treasures of Trove: new approaches and new tools. Presented at the VALA2012, Melbourne. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/mining-the-treasures-of-trove/
Sherratt, T. (2012). The responsibilities of data: Reconstructing lives from the records of the White Australia Policy. Presented at the Framing Lives: The 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association, Canberra. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/wragge/the-responsibilities-of-data-reconstructing-lives-from-the-records-of-the-white-australia-policy-13768896
Sherratt, T. (2012, October 12). Digital disruptions: Finding new ways to break things. Presented at the Faculty of Arts eResearch Forum, University of Melbourne. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/conference-papers/digital-disruptions-finding-new-ways-to-break-things
Sherratt, T. (2012, October 19). Too important not to try. Presented at the Dipping a Toe into the Digital Humanities, Deakin University. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/too-important-not-to-try/
Sherratt, T. (2012, November 20). Small stories in a big data world. Presented at the National Digital Forum, Wellington. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/small-stories-in-a-big-data-world/
Sherratt, T. (2012, November 29). Archives of emotion. Presented at the Rethinking Archival Methods, Sydney. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/archives-of-emotion/
Every story has a beginning. (2011). Keynote presented at the Australian and New Zealand Society of Indexers Annual Conference, Melbourne. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/every-story-has-a-beginning
Sherratt, T. (2011, November). It’s all about the stuff. Presented at the National Digital Forum, Wellington. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/its-all-about-the-stuff-collections-interfaces-power-and-people/
Tim Sherratt. (2010, November 10). The 4Es -- Doing more with metadata. Presentation presented at the CAARA Residential School, Canberra. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/wragge/the-four-es-doing-more-with-metadata
Liberating lives: Invisible Australians and biographical networks. (2010). Presented at the “Life of Information” symposium, Canberra. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/wragge/liberating-lives-invisible-australians-and-biographical-networks
Tim Sherratt. (2010, May 4). (a hopefully fairly painless introduction to) Linked Open Data. Presentation presented at the NSW Reference and Information Services Group seminar, State Library of NSW, Sydney. Retrieved from http://www.slideshare.net/wragge/a-hopefully-fairly-painless-introduction-to-linked-open-data
Tim Sherratt. (2009, April 6). Of maps and metadata. public lecture, New York Public Library.
Tim Sherratt. (2009). Mapping our archives. Presented at the American Association for History and Computing, George Mason University.
Tim Sherratt. (2008). Recording the weather. Presented at the Australian Society of Archivists Annual Conference, Perth. Retrieved from http://naa.gov.au/Images/tim-sherratt_tcm2-13009.pdf
Tim Sherratt. (2008, February 25). What are the “matters of essentially national concern”? Presentation presented at the staff training session, National Archives of Australia, Canberra.
Tim Sherratt. (2007, December 12). All this paraphenalia – a Constitution for a nation. Presentation presented at the branch training session, National Archives of Australia, Canberra.
Sherratt, T. (2006). A climate of uncertainty. Presented at the Australian Historical Association Biennial Conference, Canberra.
Tim Sherratt. (2005, June 8). Inigo Jones: the weather prophet. public lecture, National Archives of Australia, Canberra. Retrieved from http://naa.gov.au/collection/issues/sherratt-2005.aspx
Tim Sherratt. (2002, September 26). Wragge. After-dinner performance presented at the Climate and Culture conference, Canberra. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/speeches/wragge
Tim Sherratt. (1998). Unsung heroes. Speech presented at the launch of Murray Upton, <em>A rich and diverse fauna</em>, CSIRO Entomology, Canberra. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/shoebox/history-of-australian-science/unsung-heroes
Tim Sherratt. (1998, May 6). A conspiracy reveal’d. After-dinner speech presented at the Working with Knowledge Conference, Canberra. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/shoebox/history-of-australian-science/a-conspiracy-reveald
Tim Sherratt. (1997, February 26). Unpacking the cabinet. Speech presented at the Cabinet of Curiosities Farewell, Canberra. Retrieved from http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/cabinet/events/farewell_speech.htm
Tim Sherratt. (1996). The Bright Sparcs Project - Combining Directory and Publishing Functions in a Subject-Specific Resource. Presented at the Resource Discovery Workshop 96, Melbourne. Retrieved from http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/confs/rdw96/bs_rdw1.htm
Tim Sherratt. (1996). On the beach: Australia’s nuclear history. Presented at the French Worlds, Pacific Worlds, University of Melbourne. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/shoebox/atomic-age/on-the-beach-australias-nuclear-history
Tim Sherratt. (1996). Pathways to memory. In Proceedings of AusWeb96 - The Second Australian World Wide Web Conference. Southern Cross University. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/articles/pathways-to-memory
Tim Sherratt. (1995). Advertising your archives on the WWW. Presented at the Australian Society of Archivists Annual Conference, Canberra. Retrieved from http://www.asap.unimelb.edu.au/asa/wkshp/asawww1.htm
Tim Sherratt. (1995). A world to win: The WWW experience of a small organisation with big dreams. Presented at the Asia-Pacific WWW Conference, Sydney. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/words/conference-papers/a-world-to-win
Tim Sherratt. (1992). Phyllis in atomic wonderland. Presented at the AAHPSSS Annual Conference, University of NSW. Retrieved from http://discontents.com.au/shoebox/atomic-age/phyllis-in-atomic-wonderland
Tim Sherratt. (0000-06-08 8 June 20). Confessions of an impatient historian.


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