Current funded projects

A collaborative repository of computational generative systems for art and design

Dr Camilo Cruz Gambardella, Dr Maria Teresa Llano, Professor Jon McCormack, Dr Maria Teresa Llano and Dr Xavier Ho

Personal computing devices are becoming ubiquitous and increasingly powerful. As a result, the popularity of computational generative systems as methods to support creativity in architecture, design and art, as well as tools for the exploration of complex ideas in computer science and other related fields, is on the rise.

Sitting at the intersection of two fields, this repository is expected to appeal to a diverse audience including academic researchers, artists, designers and other creative practitioners, as well as hobbyists, educators and anyone interested in creative coding.

Cybersecurity Metadata Modelling for Resilient Recordkeeping Systems and Digital Archives

Associate Professor Carsten Rudolph and Associate Professor Joanne Evans

Security is critical for records and archives, with authenticity, confidentiality, reliability and integrity all integral to data.

Digital records are fundamentally changing how these security requirements can be satisfied – particularly in the context of these records becoming continuous and participatory.

Metadata standards have been established to improve trustworthiness and reliability, however existing standards don’t include sufficient information on cybersecurity controls and other security-relevant properties of digital systems. As a result, the concept of security-aware provenance graphs was developed.

This project will explore how the approach of security-aware provenance can be applied to recordkeeping and archives to extend the set of available metadata, improve risk assessments and enhance continuous monitoring of security risks in participatory recordkeeping. It will also create the opportunity to identify the level of cybersecurity maturity achieved even on an individual level of records.

Library, Information Science, Archives and Recordkeeping: Doctoral Research trends in Australia

Steven Wright and Tom Denison

Research in the Library Information Science (LIS), Archives and Recordkeeping sectors faces challenges caused by course closures which could impact a number of future ‘academic-research-trained LIS  professionals’ – and consequently the volume and quality of future research.

This project aims to identify emerging trends in related PhD research together with community needs. The results are expected to support those seeking to develop research programs or undertake future research, funding bodies and the aforementioned sectors at large. This initiative will also help by not only identifying priority areas related to real need, but also the potential for cross-disciplinary collaborations.

Recordkeeping Frameworks, Protocols and Models for Transformative Participatory Practice: Voice, Treaty, Truth Telling

Sue McKemmish, Shannon Faulkhead, Greg Rolan and Kirsten Thorpe

Records held in government and non-Indigenous organisations and institutional archives are repositories of data created about, and collected from, First Nations people from the time of invasion. Resourcing for community-based recordkeeping and archiving is not part of the national agenda, yet Indigenous Data Sovereignty is central to First Nations Sovereignty and self-determination.

Conventional, western colonial data and recordkeeping practices dispossessed Indigenous people of their cultural material and knowledge, and were instruments of colonialism, with records and archives being weaponised against indigenous peoples since colonisation. Increasingly this data is being activated and converted to datasets through digitisation.

With emerging opportunities to enable communities to reclaim ownership of this data through transformation of recordkeeping and archives practice, this project will undertake a  series of exploratory and pilot studies to provide the foundations for an ARC Linkage Project application. The overall goal is to support First Nations Sovereignty and Data Sovereignty, with specific aims to research and co-design recordkeeping frameworks, protocols and models for transformative participatory practice in government and non-Indigenous organisations, and develop a network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Living Archives of People and Place.

Archives, records and Accounts: Visualising the Royal Capital of Medieval Angkor

Tom Chandler and Damian Evans

Compelling evidence of Angkor’s premodern urban demographics have been revealed by air-borne laser scanning technology’s unique capability to ‘subtract’ vegetation and reveal the archives of human activity inscribed on the ground.

The massive enclosure of Angkor Thom is key among these findings. Not only was this the royal capital and heart of the Khmer empire, it was also the location of the only eyewitness account of Angkor by the 13th century Chinese emissary to Angkor, Zhou Daguan.

Virtual reality technologies allow us to examine the physical record of the past in unparalleled visual detail. This project draws upon archives, records and accounts to reanimate a medieval South East Asian nexus of power.

Empowering Volunteers for Recordkeeping and Storytelling in Migrant Community Organisations in Australia

Delvin Varghese, Viviane Hessami and Yi-Shan Tsai

This project will enable sustained engagement with migrant community organisations in Victoria that serve marginalised communities.

Through an Action Research approach, researchers will collaborate with Migrante and Australian Karen Organisation who work with Filipino and Myanmar communities, respectively. The collaboration will result in a better understanding of this under-researched community informatics context, the capacity building of migrant communities and the design of an innovative storytelling platform by re-using the NGOs existing online documentation and social media archives.

The platform will respond to the unique cultural, linguistic and socio-technical constraints and opportunities of the migrant communities.

Investigation of the recordkeeping systems used by community-based organisations and youth organisations in Bangladesh

Dr Viviane Hessami, Dr Khalid Hossain

Since the 1990s, a significant number of community-based organisations (CBOs) have been formed mostly by non-government organisations (NGOs) in Bangladesh to empower local communities. These CBOs and youth organisations (YOs) get registration from the Government and to remain registered they must meet several criteria including keeping records of their discussions and decisions. This project aims to investigate current practices of recordkeeping by CBOs and YOs in Bangladesh to identify improvements that could be made to their recordkeeping practices to help them acquire and maintain official recognition and to support their capacity building. It is intended as a preliminary investigation that will enable the investigators to gather data and build collaborations in preparation for a larger project which will look at how the development of recordkeeping capabilities can support capability-building in community-based organisations in Bangladesh.