My presentation on HuNi

My actual Prezi presentation can be found here: Please work

So for Donna’s module we had to do a presentation on a project from Around DH in 80 days and critically evaluate it using a key theme/issue from a list given to us.

This is the transcript for my presentation;

The Digital Humanities project I chose was Deakin University’s Humanities Networked Infrastructure, commonly known as HuNi. The theme I chose for this presentation was the representation of race, sexuality, class and gender. I really liked this project as it represented many Australian cultures without making a fuss.

HuNi’s virtual library combines data from a number of Australian cultural websites for research. Many researchers have noted that the library helps them to learn a lot more about where and when modern day Australian thinking and ideas were shaped.

Humanities Networked Infrastructure has improved the opportunities of many Australian projects and research by opening different research methods across a number of disciplines. It’s main aim is to help researchers unlock and unite data. HuNi also allows its users to collaborate, collect, connect and combine.

These areas of research are opened up by separating data into different categories. These categories – concept, event, organisation, person, place and work – are used to browse through the virtual library and create appropriate links.

These links are joined to make collections. These collections are created by users and can be made to be public or private.They are given as an interactive mind map and can be exported across a number of social media sites.

On the tech side of things, the HuNi virtual lab is made up of only open source components. This allows the project to be a collaboration with works from all over the world. The HuNi lab is made up of four components;

  • The Solr Document Index
  • The database – This stores profile information, links and collections
  • A HTTP server and an API service
  • A Proxy server

You can do numerous things with the data collected by HuNi’s labs including;

  • Browse and view the collections of others
  • Create virtual collections
  • Share your collection through social media.

Personally, I think that the Humanities Networked Information is a brilliant collaboration project. It also cancels a lot of borders within Australia as it includes all cultures and doesn’t focus too much on this fact.

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