Hacking
cultural heritage collections

to understand the limits of access

Tim Sherratt ⚬ @wragge

play along

a hack can be elegant or kludgy, authored from scratch or patched together and remixed — the important thing is getting things done, pushing the boundaries of what the humanities can do, what effects it can have in the world, and where.

Mark J Olson, 'Hacking the humanities: Twenty-first-Century literacies and the ‘becoming other’ of the humanities'

search engines lie

searching for 'white australia policy'

  • Advanced search for series
  • Exact phrase 'white australia policy'
  • Include notes!

try it yourself

A classic hack

HANSARD BLACK HOLE

TBE

Try it yourself

  • search for 'tbe'
  • play with the facets

NOT everything is digitised

They're just different

ARTICLES PER YEAR

try it yourself

  • Go to QueryPic
  • Click on 'Create'
  • Click on 'Query url'
  • Copy & paste this url:
http://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/result?q=+

functions by quantity

functions by items digitised

access is not always open

Try it yourself

  • Advanced search for items
  • Optionally enter a series ID
  • Select 'Closed' from 'Access status'

comparing harvests

Hack or be hacked

bots for everyone

QueryPic deconstructed

Hacking cultural heritage collections to understand the limits of access

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