Too important not to try


National Archives of Australia: ST84/1, 1909/22/41-50

National Archives of Australia: SP244/2, N1950/2/4918

National Archives of Australia: SP42/1, C1903/1662

National Archives of Australia: SP42/1, C1915/8162

National Archives of Australia: SP42/1, C1934/584

National Archives of Australia: A1, 1916/31599

National Archives of Australia: ST84/1, 1905/291-300

Opening the archives

Making a start

Some principles:

  • opportunistic
  • flexible
  • collaborative
  • open

Every story

A different kind of finding aid

Blogged

Re-blogged

Inspiration

Featured

Compared

Studied

Serendipity

Experiments with topic modelling

Topics

Looks interesting..

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Files found!

Tagging probate records

Harvested and parsed

Late night inspiration

The files

The people inside

A file

The people inside

Sharing

Linking

Old loves

New views

LOD love


Yay!

free and open sharing—in small, imperfect increments... helps to reinforce what I think is good practice for a digital humanities shop like ours: the framing of big ideas as small, relatively low-risk, but very public pilot projects. The potential embarrassment of any failure you encounter is, to my mind, more than offset by the potential benefit of having shared a little idea that may well succeed somewhere else.
— Bethany Nowviskie, Too small to fail

Ridiculously ambitious,

totally unfunded,

but too important not to try.