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Making Meaning

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Making Meaning

The inaugural Making meaning: Collections as data symposium took place at State Library of Queensland on Friday 6 March 2020. It was a day for digital innovators, featuring influential and challenging speakers from the research, government, digital humanities and GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums) sectors. Coinciding with Open Data Day 2020, the symposium aimed to raise awareness of the potential of collections as data and build a community of practice in Australia. Explore the program below.

Making new meaning with our Digital collections catalyst

We opened applications for the inaugural Digital collections catalyst in Residence initiative at Making meaning: Collections as data. This initiative builds on the momentum and fantastic discussions held on the day to support innovative and creative uses of our digital collections and collections data. We are thrilled to announce Dr. Keir Winesmith as our Digital collections catalyst for 2020. Keir will develop 'Mapping future Brisbane' - an interactive predictive mapping tool that allows users to see Brisbane's past and experiment with how Brisbane could change into the future. The digital experience is powered by a machine learning model that is trained on State Library maps and collections.
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Dr. Keir Winesmith


Welcome and panel discussion

Opening keynote - Mauricio Giraldo

Sponsor lightning talks and curator’s tour of Spoken

Lightning talks: from data to meaning

Closing keynote: Chris McDowall


Audience listening at Making Meaning
Vicki McDonald on stage at Making Meaning
Audience taking notes at Making Meaning
Mauricio Giraldo on stage at Making Meaning
Speakers panel at Making Meaning
Attendee tries Virtual Reality
Attendees talking at Making Meaning
Attendees talking at Making Meaning
Audience taking notes at Making Meaning
Des Crump on stage at Making Meaning
Making MeaningPeople touring the Spoken exhibition
Presenter on stage at Making Meaning
Presenter on stage at Making Meaning

Explore collections as data projects

Index map of New York City, 1857
Building Inspector
Identify buildings on maps and train computers to recognise shapes on atlases.
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Screenshot of the Corley Explorer mapping interface
Corley Explorer
Explore and contribute to over 61,000 mapped photos of Queensland houses.
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Screenshot of Crotos - a search and display engine for visual artworks powered by Wikidata  and Wikimedia Commons,
Search and display engine for visual artworks powered by Wikidata and Wikimedia.
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Home of C.C. Dodson, Knoxville, Tenn.
Mapping Prejudice
Visualise the hidden histories of race and privilege in Minneapolis.
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LP album cover artwork for V/A - SCORES
Resample archival recordings as electronic music.
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Advertisement for H. Bruckmann, Amsterdam
Identify visual trends in advertisements in Dutch historical newspapers.
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Chapter II: Coral-reefs, their general structure, and theories of origin. The Great Barrier Reef of Australia : its products and potentialities / by W. Saville-Kent, 1893
Text Analyzer
Find key topics and terms in any text, then find similar content in JSTOR.
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'A Deep One' [portrait of George Barrington], ca. 1800
Visionaries Explorer
Investigate historical events, characters and places from NSW.
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Making meaning 2020 Program

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