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The responsibilities ofdata:Reconstructing lives from therecords of the White AustraliaPolicyTim SherrattFraming Lives: Th...
‘Because archives are themselves almostuniversally the products of specific institutions,our contact with them ensures that...
Invisible Australians: ‘The real face of WhiteAustralia’                               http://invisibleaustralians.org/   ...
http://invisibleaustralians.org/
http://discontents.com.au/shed/experiments/topic-modelling-in-the-archives
Identities
http://www.londonlives.org/http://www.foundersandsurvivors.org/
http://trove.nla.gov.au/people                                         http://viaf.org/                   http://www.world...
http://lod-lam.net/summit/http://www.canadiana.ca/en/pcdhn-lod
Networks
http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=18148
‘The most unhistorical thing we can do is toimagine that the past is us in funny clothes’.                                ...
https://republicofletters.stanford.edu/http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/xtf/search
‘If human beings matter, in their individual andcollective existence, not as data points in themanagement of statistical i...
Representations
http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/true-crime-scene/they-dont-take-mugshots-like-this-anymore/story-                        ...
‘Nothing can be returned to the past. Not lifeto its dead. Not justice to its victimised. But wetake something from the pa...
National Archives of Australia:ST84/1
National Archives of Australia:ST84/1
National Archives of Australia:ST84/1
National Archives of Australia:ST84/1
http://storify.com/wragge/the-people-inside
http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/138111
tim@discontents.com.au@wraggehttp://discontents.com.auhttp://invisibleaustralians.org
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The responsibilities of data: Reconstructing lives from the records of the White Australia Policy

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Paper presented at Framing Lives: The 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association
17–20 July 2012, Canberra

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The responsibilities of data: Reconstructing lives from the records of the White Australia Policy

  1. 1. The responsibilities ofdata:Reconstructing lives from therecords of the White AustraliaPolicyTim SherrattFraming Lives: The 8th Biennial Conference of the International Auto/Biography Association17–20 July 2012Australian National University, Canberra
  2. 2. ‘Because archives are themselves almostuniversally the products of specific institutions,our contact with them ensures that theinstitutional voice is heard in all its stentoriansplendour -- effectively drowning out thequieter tones uttered by the individual.’ Tim Hitchcock ‘Digital searching and the re-formulation of historical knowledge’, in The Virtual Representation of the Past, Ashgate, 2008, p. 83
  3. 3. Invisible Australians: ‘The real face of WhiteAustralia’ http://invisibleaustralians.org/ faces/
  4. 4. http://invisibleaustralians.org/
  5. 5. http://discontents.com.au/shed/experiments/topic-modelling-in-the-archives
  6. 6. Identities
  7. 7. http://www.londonlives.org/http://www.foundersandsurvivors.org/
  8. 8. http://trove.nla.gov.au/people http://viaf.org/ http://www.worldcat.org/identities/http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/NAAC_index.html
  9. 9. http://lod-lam.net/summit/http://www.canadiana.ca/en/pcdhn-lod
  10. 10. Networks
  11. 11. http://www.virginia.edu/uvatoday/newsRelease.php?id=18148
  12. 12. ‘The most unhistorical thing we can do is toimagine that the past is us in funny clothes’. Greg Dening Readings/Writings, Melbourne University Press, 1998, p. 209
  13. 13. https://republicofletters.stanford.edu/http://socialarchive.iath.virginia.edu/xtf/search
  14. 14. ‘If human beings matter, in their individual andcollective existence, not as data points in themanagement of statistical information, but aspersons living actual lives, then finding ways torepresent them within the digital environmentis important.’ Johanna Drucker http://www.uminnpressblog.com/2012/05/representation-and-digital- environment.html
  15. 15. Representations
  16. 16. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/true-crime-scene/they-dont-take-mugshots-like-this-anymore/story- fnat7dag-1226277051009
  17. 17. ‘Nothing can be returned to the past. Not lifeto its dead. Not justice to its victimised. But wetake something from the past with ourhindsighted clarity. That which we take we canreturn. We disempower the people of the pastwhen we rob them of their present moments.We dehumanise them, make them our puppets.We owe them more, it seems to me...’ Greg Dening Performances, Melbourne University Press, 1996, p. 204
  18. 18. National Archives of Australia:ST84/1
  19. 19. National Archives of Australia:ST84/1
  20. 20. National Archives of Australia:ST84/1
  21. 21. National Archives of Australia:ST84/1
  22. 22. http://storify.com/wragge/the-people-inside
  23. 23. http://userscripts.org/scripts/show/138111
  24. 24. tim@discontents.com.au@wraggehttp://discontents.com.auhttp://invisibleaustralians.org

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