The hidden stories in Australia's cultural data

12 May 2022

The Australian Cultural Data Engine (ACD-Engine) is an Australian Research Council (ARC) funded LIEF Project (Linkage, Infrastructure, Equipment and Facilities) based at the University of Melbourne in collaboration with Swinburne University of Technology, Curtin University, The University of Newcastle, Flinders University, The University of Queensland, The University of New South Wales, RMIT University and King’s College London.

The research explores the importance of preserving, disseminating and analysing the cultural data currently held in our national collections as a key element for the survival of the arts and cultural industries, and the important stories we tell about the value of the arts in all aspects of social and personal life.

The ACD-Engine identified the Digital Archive of Queensland Architecture (DAQA) as an important database on Australian culture and is developing tools that harvest cultural data from it and other Australian databases such Oz Theatre or the DAAO.  DAQA is an ATCH/E-lab collaboration and was launched in 2014 as part of the Architectural Practice in Postwar Queensland (1945-1975) and Hot Modernism projects. 

Read more about this fascinating research here


Teaser image courtesy of Ivan Tsaregorodtsev via Unsplash.