Projects in focus
The ABC wanted to use a 3D environment to enable web users to gain a deeper understanding of what it was like to be at the Gallipoli landings in 1915. They also wanted a way to show the great variety of archival content (photography, diaries, oral history etc) in context. The DIU were able to provide the ABC significant assistance in the structuring of the many thousands of separate records that make up the collection.
We provide the technical resources that underpin the Dictionary of Sydney, a major ARC funded public history project. While we continue to support the regular publishing of this extensive online resource we are also working on mobile delivery methods.
The project is producing an ethnographic portrait of Harlem in 1915-1930 when the arrival of migrants from the south and the West Indies transformed the neighbourhood. The basic dataset is surviving case files of the Manhattan District Attorney, which reveal all manner of things that would not ordinarily be labelled criminal - street life, black language, music, family life - as well as evidence of the role of gambling, violence and confidence men in the black community. In addition, it uses probation files, prison records, undercover investigations, social surveys, census schedules and the two major newspapers published in Harlem.
Due in part to the work of Margaret Mead and Gregory Bateson in the 1930's a body of scholarship exists around the significant collections of traditional and more recent Balinese paintings held in the Australian Museum, the American Museum of Natural History, Princeton University, several important Dutch institutions and in various other significant collections around the world.