Over the weekend of the 28-30 July, I volunteered at GovHack. While I was a Mentor volunteer, I felt I made my own role, but that worked for me. In the end, I connected hackers with Mentors and Coaches who could answer their project and/or database questions. For those of you who don’t know, GovHack is an open government and open data hackathon that has been running in Australia for around eight years.
Today, in Canberra, was a day to discuss digital humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, linked data, collaborations and how to prove the value of our work in this space. All around Australia there have been Digital Humanities Pathways Forums and the one in Canberra was attended by people from GLAMR, academia and the commercial sector, a great spread of different viewpoints.
I attended all of the New Librarians Symposium (NLS8), including the workshops on Friday before the conference proper. But before I start reflecting I just wanted to say thank you Amy Walduck. If you didn’t suggest a topic for me to present on, I wouldn’t have even heard of NLS8.
I went to Dr Tim Sherratt’s workshop: Random acts of meaning: Digital skills for a post-truth world (I must be a permanent fixture in your workshops by now Tim) and Carmi Cronje and Fiona Jones workshop: Introduction to the Library Carpentry toolbox.