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Working with data across the humanitites and creative arts: the Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNi)

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Toby Burrows
University of Western Australia

The Humanities Networked Infrastructure (HuNI) is one of the national “Virtual Laboratories” which have been developed as part of the Australian government’s National e-Research Collaboration Tools and Resources program. Their aim is to integrate existing capabilities (tools, data and resources), support data-centered workflows, and build virtual communities to address well-defined research problems. HuNI is being developed by a consortium of thirteen institutions, led by Deakin University. It aggregates heterogeneous data from thirty different datasets which have been developed by academic research groups and collecting institutions (libraries, archives, museums and galleries) across the full range of humanities disciplines. The datasets include Design and Art Australia Online, the Australian Dictionary of Biography, AustLit, AusStage, the Dictionary of Sydney, the PARADISEC linguistics archive, and the AUSTLang database. Incoming records are mapped to a common data model, but not merged, while their provenance and distinctive content are retained. HuNI also provides tools for working with the aggregated data. These include tools for data linkage, visualization, and annotation developed at the University of Queensland through the LORE project, and tools for creating and uploading new datasets for aggregation (using the Heurist package developed at the University of Sydney).

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