Tim Sherratt - Sharing recent updates and work-in-progress

Tim Sherratt

Sharing recent updates and work-in-progress

18 Aug 2023

Family history resources in the GLAM Workbench

It’s Family History Month, so I thought a brief post was in order describing some of the family history related resources in the GLAM Workbench. GLAM Name Index Search This is the biggie (in more ways than one). I’ve brought 263 datasets fr...
17 Aug 2023

Bye bye birdsite

In early June I pinned a “nobody’s home” post to my profile and said goodbye to Twitter. After 15 years, I was sad to leave behind friends and colleagues, but glad to get away from the hate, the nazis, and the transphobes. I hadn’t been pos...
08 Aug 2023

Exploring the front pages of newspapers (10 years on)

Way back in 2012, I used the brand new Trove API to download the details of 4 million articles published on the front pages of newspapers. I did it for two reasons: first, I wanted to see how the content of front pages changed over time; an...
18 Jul 2023

Trove API Console updates

The Trove API Console provides examples of the Trove API in action that you can run, edit, and share. It’s been online for 9 years now, and I’ve just updated it to use version 3 of the Trove API by default. I’ve also added a new ‘Share’ but...
03 Jul 2023

Getting to work on the Trove Data Guide

The ARDC has started work on the development of a HASS Community Data Lab to support digital research in the humanities. I’m part of the team of contractors, and my work package is focused on the development of a Trove Data Guide. My aim is...
08 May 2023

Updated harvest of NSW State Archives indexes – more than 2 million rows of data!

The NSW State Archives (now part of Museums of History NSW) publishes a series of useful indexes to its collections. The indexes include basic data transcribed from the records, such as names, dates, and places, providing fine-grained acces...
24 Mar 2023

A big milestone, Trove contributor data, and the coming of API v3 – recent GLAM Workbench updates

There have been quite a few GLAM Workbench updates over the last month, here’s some notes. (See February’s update for more recent changes…) General developments After many months of work, all thirteen Trove repositories within the GLAM Wor...
17 Feb 2023

Maps, people, lists & more – recent updates to Trove resources in the GLAM Workbench

Once again I’ve gotten a bit behind in noting GLAM Workbench updates, so here’s a quick catch up on some Trove-related changes from the last couple of months. Trove API introduction The section that introduces the Trove API (or APIs!) hasn’...
11 Dec 2022

Real Face of White Australia – updated site to transcribe records from the National Archives of Australia

Back in 2017, I worked with students from my ‘Exploring Digital Heritage’ class at the University of Canberra to develop and launch a site to transcribe records from the National Archives of Australia relating to the administration of the W...
10 Dec 2022

Recent presentations – Library of Congress Data Jam, Everyday Heritage, Wikidata, and GLAM Workbench!

October and November brought a flurry of presentations from which I’m still recovering. Here’s a few details and links. Library of Congress Data Jam In October, the Computing Cultural Heritage in the Cloud project at the Library of Congress...
21 Nov 2022

The Australian history industry and the impact of digitisation (open access preprint chapter)

The Australian History Industry was published recently. Edited by Paul Ashton and Paula Hamilton, the book ‘explores the complex, multi-roomed house of Australian history’, exploring academic, school, and public history, the impact of digit...
21 Nov 2022

Recent updates to trove-newspaper-harvester and trove-newspaper-images

Catching up on some software package updates over the last few months. The trove-newspaper-harvester package is now at v0.6.5. Recent changes include: Fix to handle articles with missing metadata Don’t try to re-download existing text and ...
22 Sep 2022

Do you want your Trove newspaper articles in bulk? Meet the new Trove Newspaper Harvester Python package!

The Trove Newspaper Harvester has been around in different forms for more than a decade. It helps you download all the articles in a Trove newspaper search, opening up new possibilities for large-scale analysis. You can use it as a command-...
15 Sep 2022

From 48 PDFs to one searchable database – opening up the Tasmanian Post Office Directories with the GLAM Workbench

A few weeks ago I created a new search interface to the NSW Post Office Directories from 1886 to 1950. Since then, I’ve used the same process on the Sydney Telephone Directories from 1926 to 1954. Both of these publications had been digitis...
05 Sep 2022

Fresh harvest of OCRd text from Trove's digitised periodicals – 9gb of text to explore and analyse!

I’ve updated the GLAM Workbench’s harvest of OCRd text from Trove’s digitised periodicals. This is a completely fresh harvest, so should include any corrections made in recent months. It includes: 1,430 periodicals OCRd text from 41,645 is...
05 Sep 2022

Explore Trove's digitised newspapers by place

I’ve updated my map displaying places where Trove digitised newspapers were published or distributed. You can view all the places on single map – zoom in for more markers, and click on a marker for title details and a link back to Trove. If...
01 Sep 2022

Making NSW Postal Directories (and other digitised directories) easier to search with the GLAM Workbench and Datasette

As part of my work on the Everyday Heritage project I’m looking at how we can make better use of digitised collections to explore the everyday experiences woven around places such as Parramatta Road in Sydney. For example, the NSW Postal Di...
29 Aug 2022

Interested in Victorian shipwrecks? Kim Doyle and Mitchell Harrop have added a new notebook to the Heritage Council of Victoria section of the GLAM Workbench exploring shipwrecks in the Victorian Heritage Database: glam-workbench.net/heritage-…

29 Aug 2022

Updates!

25 Aug 2022

Minor update to RecordSearch Data Scraper – now captures ‘institution title’ for agencies if it is present. pypi.org/project/r…

16 Aug 2022

Many thanks to the British Library – sponsors of the GLAM Workbench’s web archives section!

You might have noticed some changes to the web archives section of the GLAM Workbench. I’m very excited to announce that the British Library is now sponsoring the web archives section! Many thanks to the British Library and the UK Web Archi...
15 Aug 2022

New GLAM data to search, visualise and explore using the GLAM Workbench!

There’s lots of GLAM data out there if you know where to look! For the past few years I’ve been harvesting a list of datasets published by Australian galleries, libraries, archives, and museums through open government data portals. I’ve jus...
09 Aug 2022

Zotero now saves links to digitised items in Trove from the NLA catalogue!

I’ve made a small change to the Zotero translator for the National Library of Australia’s catalogue. Now, if there’s a link to a digitised version of the work in Trove, that link will be saved in Zotero’s url field. This makes it quicker an...
01 Aug 2022

View embedded JSON metadata for Trove's digitised books and journals

The metadata for digitised books and journals in Trove can seem a bit sparse, but there’s quite a lot of useful metadata embedded within Trove’s web pages that isn’t displayed to users or made available through the Trove API. This notebook ...
29 Jul 2022

Where did all those NSW articles go? Trove Newspapers Data Dashboard update!

I was looking at my Trove Newspapers Data Dashboard again last night trying to figure out why the number of newspaper articles from NSW seemed to have dropped by more than 700,000 since my harvesting began. It took me a while to figure out,...