Government of Australia: National Cultural Policy launched

Government of Australia: National Cultural Policy launched. “The policy will stimulate new employment and training opportunities, ensure creative workers can access fair remuneration and safe work environments, and that intellectual property rights of our creators are protected. It also recognises the crucial place of First Nations stories and the importance of self-determination.”

Trove in trouble: why does it cost money to keep the resource online? (Cosmos)

Cosmos: Trove in trouble: why does it cost money to keep the resource online?. “The online database Trove may go offline in the middle of the year without additional funding. Trove, which is owned and operated by the National Library of Australia (NLA), is a free resource which provides access to billions of digital documents, images, media and records of physical documents. It also contains millions of digitised Australian newspaper pages and issues.”

ABC News (Australia): Murray River flood photos on social media to help create archive for future planning

ABC News (Australia): Murray River flood photos on social media to help create archive for future planning. “When water levels along the South Australian stretch of the river started increasing in mid-to-late 2022, so too did the number of photographs capturing the changing landscape. Multiple social media pages dedicated to sharing visual updates of floodwaters have gained thousands of audience members far and wide.”

ABC News (Australia): National galleries and museums hopeful for May budget cash lifeline after Anthony Albanese labels them ‘starved of funds’

ABC News (Australia): National galleries and museums hopeful for May budget cash lifeline after Anthony Albanese labels them ‘starved of funds’. “The nation’s largest cultural institutions are hopeful the prime minister’s suggestion they have been ‘starved of funds’ in recent years will be followed with hefty cheques in the next federal budget, due in May.”

The Conversation: Trove’s funding runs out in July 2023 – and the National Library is threatening to pull the plug. It’s time for a radical overhaul

The Conversation: Trove’s funding runs out in July 2023 – and the National Library is threatening to pull the plug. It’s time for a radical overhaul. “The repeated threats to the public’s access to nationally significant collections are part of a broader malaise. Australia’s national collecting institutions have been hobbled by funding cuts and debilitating efficiency dividends for decades, with the some of the deepest cuts occurring in the years since Trove was launched. Reduced access to these publicly funded resources is more than an inconvenience: it is an attack on democratic accountability.”

ABC News (Australia): National Gallery of Australia chair projects $265 million shortfall over 10 years, jobs could go

ABC News (Australia): National Gallery of Australia chair projects $265 million shortfall over 10 years, jobs could go. “The National Gallery of Australia (NGA) may have to cut up to half its staff if the national institution’s funding isn’t increased by June of next year, independent senator David Pocock says.”

Drive: Fight for Ford Australia historical archives goes international

Drive: Fight for Ford Australia historical archives goes international. “The entire collection of almost 100 years of Ford Australia’s historical documents – including brochures, photographs, car designs and engineering information – could perish in boxes in a Melbourne warehouse unless permission is granted to ship the material to an air-conditioned time capsule in Detroit.”

Australian War Memorial: First World War diaries and letters get new life online

Australian War Memorial: First World War diaries and letters get new life online. “Eyewitness accounts of the end of the First World War, as recorded in diaries and letters, are now available online as part of a major digitisation project led by the Australian War Memorial. These diaries and letters give an intimate insight to this globally significant day, as Australians gather to mark Remembrance Day and commemorate the Armistice of the First World War, which was signed at 11 am on 11 November 1918.”

ArtsHub: Powerhouse acquires photography archive worth $1.6 million

ArtsHub: Powerhouse acquires photography archive worth $1.6 million. “The Australian Centre for Photography (ACP) in NSW has been in hibernation since 16 December 2020 following a decision to ‘stem the risk of ongoing financial losses and protect the capital in an investment fund it considers vital to its long-term viability’. Throughout 2021, the ACP held extensive consultations with the community to assist the Board in identifying future pathways and use of the ACP Fund. Today, that future has been delivered by Powerhouse, which announced the acquisition of the archive and fund of ACP.”

University of Western Australia: Race against time to find Indigenous boab bark art

University of Western Australia: Race against time to find Indigenous boab bark art. “Researchers are working with a group of First Nations Australians in some of the roughest terrain on Earth to document ancient art in the bark of boab trees. Carvings in the boab trees tell the stories of the king brown snake (or Lingka) Dreaming in a remote area of the Tanami Desert, which straddles the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory.”

Kotaku Australia: How Do You Preserve A Video Game?

Kotaku Australia: How Do You Preserve A Video Game?. “The National Film and Sound Archive (NFSA) very recently appointed Chris Arneil as their Assistant Curator in Games, which is the first time they have had someone in a full-time role regarding video game curation in their archive…. To learn a little more about what goes into the work of preserving games, as well as how the NFSA will go about archiving the history of the Australian video games industry, I decided to sit down and have a chat with Arneil.”

ABC News (Australia): Pandora shipwreck history to be shared through digital project in Queensland

ABC News (Australia): Pandora shipwreck history to be shared through digital project in Queensland. “Thousands of underwater films, photographs, hand-drawn maps, field journals and other unseen archive material are being digitised to bring to light the untold story of the discovery and excavation of the Pandora wreck 120 kilometres east of Cape York.”

Flinders University: Historical dataset could help scientists better understand sharks

Flinders University: Historical dataset could help scientists better understand sharks. “For the first time, the longest-running historical record of human-shark interactions in Australia is now accessible online. This follows a growing trend to make scientific datasets accessible, maximising the use and impact of the data. Taronga’s Australian Shark-Incident Database (ASID) describes more than 1000 shark-human interactions that have occurred in Australia over the past 230 years.”

‘I became desperate’: the singer trying to recover her legacy from the ABC (Sydney Morning Herald)

Sydney Morning Herald: ‘I became desperate’: the singer trying to recover her legacy from the ABC. “Marilyn Richardson, one of Australia’s finest ever opera singers, fears a chaotic approach to archiving at the ABC [Australian Broadcasting Corporation]– capped by a recent announcement of archivist staff cuts – could mean some of her historic performances have been lost forever. On one occasion, a family connection helped her track down a forgotten pile of recordings that had been left on a shelf in a locked room in a former ABC building in Adelaide.”