My two lives

My blog hasn’t quite caught up the fact that I now have two jobs to go along with my two lives. Monday to Wednesday I’m still part of the Trove management team at the National Library of Australia, but on Thursdays and Fridays I’m Associate Professor of Digital Heritage in the Faculty of Arts and Design at the University of Canberra.

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I love working with the Trove team, but I also want to keep contributing to the development of the digital humanities in Australia through my own teaching and research. Hopefully now I can do both.

At the University of Canberra I’ll be helping to develop new digital heritage offerings in undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development courses. Exciting times ahead!

On the research front I’m hoping to reinvigorate a few stalled projects and poke around some more amidst the possibilities and politics of digital cultural collections.

These are the themes I’m thinking about at the moment.

Digital diversity

Using digital tools to expose alternative voices and experiences from within the cultural record.

  • Invisible Australians — yes it’s time to give this important project a home and kick it into gear
  • Every life counts — this is the working title for a new project around workplace deaths
  • I also want to expand on some of the questions in Seams and edges

Access, impact and understanding

How digitisation projects change our relationship with the past.

Data-enriched narratives

Developing new forms of online publication that use Linked Open Data to integrate historical writing and cultural collections.

All that in two days a week — wish me luck!

And if you’re interested in collaborating, please get in touch

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


  1. Michelle Watson
    April 18, 2015

    The workplace deaths project sounds interesting.

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