Liberating lives: Invisible Australians and biographical networks

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Liberating lives: Invisible Australians and biographical networks

  1. 1. Liberating lives Invisible Australians and biographical networks www.invisibleaustralians.org Tim Sherratt @wragge
  2. 2. www.invisibleaustralians.org Records
  3. 3. www.invisibleaustralians.org
  4. 4. www.invisibleaustralians.org NAA: ST84/1, 1909/22/41-50
  5. 5. www.invisibleaustralians.org NAA: ST84/1, 1909/22/41-50
  6. 6. www.invisibleaustralians.org NAA: A1, 1911/13854
  7. 7. www.invisibleaustralians.org NAA: B2455, ALLEN C A
  8. 8. www.invisibleaustralians.org NAA: SP42/1, C1922/4449
  9. 9. www.invisibleaustralians.org NAA: ST84/1, 1909/22/41-50
  10. 10. www.invisibleaustralians.org For the years between 1902 and 1948 there remain: ● More than 50,000 CEDTs ● 90 shelf metres of records ● 15,000 case files
  11. 11. www.invisibleaustralians.org What changes when we examine the world through the collected fragments of knowledge that we can recover about a single person, reorganised as a biographical narrative, rather than as part of an archival system? – Tim Hitchcock
  12. 12. www.invisibleaustralians.org (Auto)biographical ambitions
  13. 13. www.invisibleaustralians.org
  14. 14. www.invisibleaustralians.org Bright Sparcs will continue to grow. We will keep adding and linking, building layer upon layer of this information environment. New resources will be interwoven. New gateways will be constructed – thematic exhibitions tailored to particular audiences. We will encourage contributions to Bright Sparcs, and assist individuals and organisations to make their material available over the WWW. Each addition will enrich this environment, adding flesh to the original database, until Bright Sparcs’ archival underpinnings seem no more than lines spoken in a grand, unfolding theatre – part of the story, not abstracted ‘collections’. – Tim Sherratt 1996
  15. 15. www.invisibleaustralians.org http://www.invisibleaustralians.org
  16. 16. www.invisibleaustralians.org NAA: ST84/1, 1909/22/41-50
  17. 17. www.invisibleaustralians.org ● Crowdsourced data extraction ● 50,000+ CEDTs ● Other files ● Match identities ● Eeek! http://www.invisibleaustralians.org
  18. 18. www.invisibleaustralians.org Pauline Ah Hee, 1906. NAA: ST84/1, 1906/111-120
  19. 19. www.invisibleaustralians.org Pauline Ah Hee, 1906. NAA: ST84/1, 1906/111-120
  20. 20. www.invisibleaustralians.org Choy Hing family including their adopted daughter, Pauline Ah Hee, 1906. NAA: SP244/2, N1950/2/4918
  21. 21. www.invisibleaustralians.org Pauline Ah Hee, 1906. NAA: SP244/2, N1950/2/4918
  22. 22. www.invisibleaustralians.org Pauline Ah Hee, 1921. NAA: SP244/2, N1950/2/4918
  23. 23. www.invisibleaustralians.org Pauline Ah Hee, 1926. NAA: SP244/2, N1950/2/4918
  24. 24. www.invisibleaustralians.org Pauline Ah Hee, c. 1950. NAA: A659, 1950/1/1954
  25. 25. www.invisibleaustralians.org Pauline Ah Hee
  26. 26. www.invisibleaustralians.org Shadee Khan, 1916. NAA: E752, 1916/8
  27. 27. www.invisibleaustralians.org Shadee Khan, 1916. NAA: E752, 1916/8
  28. 28. www.invisibleaustralians.org Shadee Khan, 1921. NAA: E752, 1921/21
  29. 29. www.invisibleaustralians.org Shadee Khan, 1925. NAA: E752, 1925/7
  30. 30. www.invisibleaustralians.org Shadee Khan
  31. 31. www.invisibleaustralians.org Pauline Ah Hee Shadee Khan
  32. 32. www.invisibleaustralians.org
  33. 33. www.invisibleaustralians.org Serendipity & semantics
  34. 34. www.invisibleaustralians.org History wall defining.net.au/wall
  35. 35. www.invisibleaustralians.org Use URLs to identify things in the real world
  36. 36. www.invisibleaustralians.org Making connections #1 (online)
  37. 37. www.invisibleaustralians.org On the WWW we have the opportunity to give archives back their context, to embed them in stories about the people, places and events that brought about their creation. Our aim should be to create an infinite number of pathways through this collective memory – opening our culture for exploration and greater participation, not simply arranging our institutions in a virtual showcase. – Tim Sherratt 1996
  38. 38. www.invisibleaustralians.org This is me: http://nla.gov.au/nla.party-479364#foaf:Person
  39. 39. www.invisibleaustralians.org Wragge’s identity browser wraggelabs.com/identities
  40. 40. www.invisibleaustralians.org The Flickr Machine Tag Challenge wraggelabs.com/fmtc/
  41. 41. www.invisibleaustralians.org Making connections #2 (offline)
  42. 42. www.invisibleaustralians.org
  43. 43. www.invisibleaustralians.org ● Make links ● Give advice ● Create tools & examples ● Help! http://www.invisibleaustralians.org

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