Media release: Monday, 4 June 2012
National Archives data has inspired some excellent and creative digital projects as part of the recent GovHack 2012 conference held at the University of Canberra.
Winning entries included a website that gives users their own personal bus tour exploring Canberra's history using National Archives images, produced by team 'History in ACTION'. Another team called 'Double Rainbows' presented a new take on the National Archives' online PhotoSearch facility that aims to make browsing and finding National Archives images more intuitive.
The conference, held over 48 hours from Friday 1 to Sunday 3 June, brought together over 40 teams. Projects were produced using datasets from government agencies including the National Archives, Geoscience Australia, Bureau of Meteorology, Australian Bureau of Statistics and CSIRO.
Director-General of the National Archives, David Fricker, enjoyed his role as a judge for projects in the Digital Humanities category.
'It was wonderful to see our datasets picked up by so many teams,' he said. 'We'd like to congratulate all of the winners for their excellent work. We were very proud to be part of GovHack and to contribute data that can be used for so many diverse projects. We hope to contribute more and see our data used in even more imaginative ways for the benefit of Australians.'
The National Archives of Australia was a key supporter of the conference, contributing $10,000 in cash for prizes in the Digital Humanities category. This included $5000 for the best overall Digital Humanities Award, which could use data sets from any of the participating organisations, and $2500 each for winning teams from Canberra and Sydney using data sets from the National Archives. The Archives also contributed a large number of data sets, including sets on flying saucers and other aerial objects, photographs from the PhotoSearch database, case history material for Tropical Cyclone Tracy, and images from the Immigration Photographic Archive.
More information: http://www.govhack.org/