BBC: Coronavirus: Victoria declares state of disaster after spike in cases. “The Australian state of Victoria has declared a state of disaster and imposed new lockdown measures after a surge in coronavirus infections. Under the new rules, which came into effect at 18:00 (08:00 GMT), residents of the state capital Melbourne are subject to a night-time curfew. There will be further restrictions on residents’ ability to leave home.”
Xinhua: Australian artefacts go global in new digital archive. “Some of Australia’s most precious artefacts will be available to history buffs all around the world via a new online archive, storing thousands of digitised images from six museum’s collections. Authorities revealed on Tuesday that following a successful trial, six regional galleries from across the state of Victoria will partake in a broad rollout of the initiative.”
FootballToday: VicFootball archive unlocks incredible Victorian state league history . “What drives someone to compile and produce an online archive of over 4,500 matches, 3,000 players, 100 referees and 31 clubs over 28 seasons of top-tier senior men’s football in Victoria? Take a pinch of skin in the game, mix it with a large dose of passion, add a dash of spreadsheet genius and finish with a massive vacuum of statistical and historical data to fill. Throw it all together and you end up with Tony Persoglia and his incredible VicFootball project.” This is about football in Australia, but it’s the football we Americans call soccer, not Australian-rules football.
The Mandarin: Victoria opens up catalogue of government APIs, following lead of NSW. “The Victorian government has begun a public catalogue of application programming interfaces (APIs) that allow software developers to more easily build third-party apps that pull information from its open datasets.”
Victorian female prisoner registries have gone online. (Please note that this is “Victorian” as in “area in Australia,” not as in “era in history.”) “The prison records of more than 7,000 Victorian women incarcerated between 1855 and 1934 are available to view online for the first time, thanks to the State Archives. The Public Record Office Victoria (PROV) cleaned and digitised the records, which were then indexed by volunteers over an 18-month period.”