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HuNI - Humanities Networked Infrastructure
The HuNI Project is using linked Open Data technology to integrate 28 of Australia’s most important cultural datasets into a ‘virtual laboratory’. These datasets comprise more than 2 million authoritative records relating to the people, objects and events that make up the country’s rich heritage.
The HuNI Virtual Lab will facilitate specialist research and help to break down barriers between disciplines and uncover new insights into Australia’s cultural landscape.
HuNI is one of the first large-scale eResearch infrastructure projects for the humanities in Australia, and the first national, cross-disciplinary virtual laboratory worldwide. HuNI is a NeCTAR-funded project, which commenced operation on 1 July 2012.
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The HuNI project is a partnership between 13 organisations and is led by Deakin University in Melbourne. The project is guided by the philosophy that all good interoperation projects are multi-layered and involve institutional, semantic as well as technical drivers.
Central to this partnership are the two lead development agencies – VeRSI and Intersect – who are responsible for hosting Team HuNI and building the HuNI technical and ontological components. The remaining 10 partners are contributing as co-operators and co-developers by providing a significant cultural dataset and/or tool for integration into the HuNI Virtual Lab. Read more.
Big digitisation offers many opportunities for collections that want to restrict access to fragile archival items while at the same time improving access to its digitised proxy. They also hold the promise, through initiatives such as HuNI, to open Australia’s cultural collections to new forms of discovery, analysis and collaboration. Read more.