Phys .org: Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria re-launches VicFlora database to help identify plants. “Today, Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria re-launched its plant biodiversity website, VicFlora. The new portal features upgrades that allow users to identify Victoria’s plants more easily. It is based on a new, open-source core that allows Gardens botanists to easily add new usability and accessibility features to continually improve the user experience.”
Gippsland Times: Telling the stories of our history. “AN online platform has been launched to share stories from Victorian Traditional Owners and Aboriginal people – including a story a local massacre. As negotiations get underway for Australia’s first treaty, the new website, Deadly and Proud, features Aboriginal storytellers from across the state sharing their stories of pride in Aboriginal culture, resilience, community and the historic path to treaty and truth-telling.”
Government News (Australia): Database links government with startups. “The database contains publicly sourced information on more than 2,000 Victorian startups as well as data on venture capitalists, local accelerators, workspaces and universities. The data can be searched by sector, location or investment, and features a tool to ‘match’ startups with investors.”
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.”
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.”