Attendees at Open archives, open minds: Increasing the value of data through shared collections at University of Melbourne Digital Studio. Photo: Tyne Daile Sumner

Open archives, open minds: Increasing the value of data through shared collections is an opportunity to bring researchers, representatives of the GLAM sector, and those that work in research support  together to learn about the Cultures and Communities Open API, discuss data sharing, build links between research projects and learn about maximising discoverability and use of research and collections data through various tools 

This program was originally delivered at the University of Melbourne Digital Studio in August 2017, as part of Research Platform Services' Digital Collections Collective series, and was supported by eRSA and Griffith University through their involvement in the Cultures and Communities project. The workshop materials are shared here for users to access online, and for re-use at future events. At the August 2017 event the presentations shared here were complemented by a presentation on extensions to the metadata schema to improve discoverability of archives online, a showcase of tools and experiments using the Trove API, and a discussion of how Museums Victoria are using their Collections Online API. You can read more about that event here

Similar events could include digital humanities research showcases, demonstrations of how to use an API, discussions of how to build an API, overview of metadata schema that are useful in archival collections or humanities research or many other topics. 

Presenters opened with an overview of the Cultures and Communities project, the research infrastructure support landscape for the humanities, and the relationship with the Prosecution Project: 

Open Archives, Open Minds (Powerpoint, PDF

The developer from the Prosecution Project then provided an introduction to the Open API, including demonstration of how it delivers Prosecution Project data to source institutions, and some simple applications of the tool for analysing the available data: 

Prosecution Project OAI-PMH Demonstration

Please contact eRSA if you would like further information about this program or are interested in hosting it locally.