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.
Last school holidays I managed to get myself to the Australian Maritime Museum in Sydney, to view the exhibition Escape from Pompeii. Most people have heard of Pompeii, the Roman city that got buried under layers of volcanic ash that preserved it so well. From this city, modern scholars have a snapshot of ancient Roman life through the architecture or art, like decorated walls covered with frescoes and mosaics.