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Life of a fragment of history

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Presentation I gave to the Working History conference organised by the Professional Historians Association of Victoria and Professional Historians Australia, 19-20 August 2016.

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Life of a fragment of history

  1. 1. The Life of a Fragment of History Working History: Professional Historians Association conference, 2016 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  2. 2. Indexingonthefly–searchingfortheword‘Arabic’ CSV file produced by program in Python written with the aid of http://programminghistorian.org/ 2 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  3. 3. Stumbling Through the Future 3 www.stumblingfuture.wordpress.com By JMortonPhoto.com & OtoGodfrey.com, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wiki media.org/w/index.ph p?curid=44599375
  4. 4. 4 Data Capture Processing FilingStorage Retrieval Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  5. 5. API • Application Programming Interface • A really powerful and quick way of downloading lots of files • Learn how to use the Trove API the easier way – step by step instructions at: https://stumblingfuture.wordpress.com/2014/03/11/an -introduction-to-the-trove-api/ 5 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  6. 6. DIY Digitisation Studio 6 My not cheap small camera BORROWED tripod FREE desk dumped in laneway FREE cardboard box $30 lamp $7 glass cut to specs by glazier CHEAP cotton gloves from supermarket Instructions: http://www.instructables.com/id/Bargain-Price-Book-Scanner-From-A- Cardboard-Box/
  7. 7. 7 Data Capture Processing FilingStorage Retrieval Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  8. 8. OCR • Optical Character Recognition • Adobe Acrobat Pro • Omnipage by Nuance OCR enables a CTL + F search on digitised documents 8 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  9. 9. http://transcripts.sl.nsw.gov.au/page/295919/view#overlay-context= 9 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com <date when=“1918-09-10”>Tuesday</date> ... Had MESS with a <hi rend=‘bold’>mixed</hi> INDIAN CAVALRY Camp – Representation from 10 Indian Cavalry Regts were there some very R<hi rend=‘bold’>ich</bold> education Rajah chaps – real silver on the Table etc :- Many courses <del rend="overstrike">not much grog</del> - Some castes are allowed to smok + <hi rend="underline">not</hi> drink, others drink … TEITranscription Learn TEI yourself: http://teibyexample.org/
  10. 10. 10 Data Capture Processing FilingStorage Retrieval Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  11. 11. Melodee Beals • ‘TEI for Close Reading: Can It Work for History?’: http://mhbeals.com/researchblog/tei-for-close-reading-can-it- work-for-history/ • ‘XMLing My Way to Data Management; or, What should I do with my old notes’: http://mhbeals.com/xmling-my-way-to- data-management-or-what-should-i-do-with-all-my-old-notes/ 11 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  12. 12. Our Code of Ethics • 3.6 “Members should acknowledge help from informants. They should respect an informant’s request for privacy, except where compulsion of law requires disclosure. “ • 4.10 “Members must not use confidential information to the advantage or disadvantage of the client, nor disclose such information except where required by law. “ 12
  13. 13. 13 Data Capture Processing FilingStorage Retrieval Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  14. 14. 14 Data Capture Processing FilingStorage Retrieval Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com
  15. 15. Thank you Libraries & Archives! In this presentation I used the digitised resources provided by the following institutions: • State Library of New South Wales @statelibrarynsw – WWI diaries transcriptions • National Archives of Australia @naagovau – WWI service records 15 Yvonne Perkins Twitter: @perkinsy Blog: www.stumblingpast.com

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