The Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (DeVL): 2019 Update

Published by Katy McHugh on

With the start of a new year, the Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences (HASS) Data Enhanced Virtual Lab (DeVL) and its Tinker digital platform have come under new management following the the closure of eResearch South Australia (eRSA) in early 2019. The project’s new lead agent, QCIF, will work together with the University of Melbourne to bring together fragmented data, tools and services into a shared workspace as well as deliver training and engagement opportunities for HASS researchers nationally.

The project’s Queensland node (the Queensland Digital HASS Network — a collaboration between The University of Queensland, Griffith and QUT) will carry out technology development, training and skills development, communications and contribute to a future vision for digital HASS research. Meanwhile, the Victorian node (based at the University of Melbourne) will deliver a Data Curation Framework and community engagement activities including the Digital HASS Champions program, roundtables and workshops.

Marco Fahmi from the University of Queensland will lead the HASS DeVL’s project and Dr Tyne Daile Sumner at the University of Melbourne will continue her work on the team as deputy project manager.

The project’s key institutional partners include:

Funded by the Australian Research Data Commons (ARDC), the HASS DeVL project aims to lower barriers to entry for HASS infrastructure by building skills and giving confidence to those using digital tools and methods. The Tinker digital platform provides an easy-to-use ecosystem of data, tools and services. Community development will be underpinned by by skill-building opportunities and community engagement events. You can find a listing of upcoming events and workshops here.

A national digital research methods training program will be announced in the coming months and Tinker e-newsletters will now be issued by the Queensland node. To keep up with changes and continue to receive the Tinker e-newsletter, we invite you to subscribe.