Tim Sherratt and Greg D’Arcy present a workshop on Jupyter Notebooks with Tinker at DARIAH Beyond Europe

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The HASS DEVL project ran a workshop at the recent Australia-Europe knowledge exchange in Canberra.

Tim Sherratt, Associate Professor of Digital Heritage at the University of Canberra, used Tinker and Jupyter Notebooks to explore GLAM data. The workshop also explored the ways in which cultural institutions are making collection data available as machine readable downloads and APIs. Tim raised questions about how researchers explore the shape and meaning of this data and how they can establish the best kinds of research questions to ask.

Jupyter Notebooks can bridge the gap between humanities researchers and data by providing starting points and examples. The Notebooks combine explanatory text with live, working code, enabling researchers to see the data in action. As researchers gain confidence and knowledge they build on the examples to pursue their own questions.

Using platforms like Tinker Studio, SWAN, and Binder, Jupyter notebooks can be run in the cloud, without any need to install special software. This makes them ideal for skills development, demonstrations, and exploration. In the workshop Tim examined some of the possibilities of Jupyter notebooks using live data from Trove and elsewhere.