Mining for meanings

Yes, I have a suit. On 8 May at the National Library of Australia I gave my suit an outing as I delivered my Harold White Fellowship presentation. Thanks to everyone who came along.

If you missed it or want to relive the fun, the NLA has made a podcast available. My slides are also online, so you can follow along for the full audio-visual-not-quite-3D experience.

Use your arrow keys to navigate through the slides, and yes the first page is intentionally left blank. If you linger for a bit on slide two or three, you’ll see the Trove API in action. The presentation itself was constructed using deck.js.

The slides also include links to lots of different examples and demos, and introduce my new favourite plaything. I don’t really know what to call it yet, or what it’s actually for, but it makes me happy, and it makes me think. TF-IDF FTW. I’ll write up some more details shortly.

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I'm a historian and hacker who researches the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections.


  1. […] In my Harold White lecture I wondered whether what I was trying to do was really beyond the reach of ‘an ordinary bloke and his laptop’. I suspect the day is rapidly coming where my work will be superceded by well-funded academic projects with access to supercomputers and a pool of bright young graduate students. But for now I’ll just keep pushing the boundaries of what’s possible over a dodgy home broadband connection. […]

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