This con was one of those I thought I’d never get to anytime soon. As far as I knew it was only in America, and America is about number 55 on the list of countries I wanted to visit. So imagine for me, an adult woman with curly, frizzy hair squealing, dancing and stomping her feet in excitement. That was my reaction when I found out Vidcon was coming to Australia this year.
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.