This wiki space contains archival documentation of Project Bamboo, April 2008 - March 2013.
Please briefly describe the collection methods used
Collective reflection on a well established collaborative project and an extract from a joint paper of the scholar and collector that has been written for a conference in Istanbul in 2009.
This is the story of the Australian Women's Register, a major project of Australian Women's Archives Project. The register, an online database: collects and aggregates information about women, their roles in Australian society, and the resources in which their activities are documented; Acts as an all-in-one biographical dictionary, women's studies encyclopaedia/compendium, annotated bibliography and guide to records; Supports research, teaching and learning, and community engagement. See: http://www.womenaustralia.info/browse.htm The register was started in 2000 and is an ongoing collaborative project that aims to continue and develop into the future as a perpetual resource of enduring value for scholars and the community more generally. The following version of the story is taken from: Joanne Evans, Nikki Henningham and Helen Morgan, 'Out of the Shadows: Using Technology to Illuminate Women's Archives', a draft version of a paper prepared for The Problem of Sources in Women's Memory, 20th Anniversary Symposium of the Women's Library and Information Centre Foundation in Istanbul, 17-19 April 2009.
"Established in 1989, The National Foundation for Australian Women (NFAW) is a not-for-profit feminist organisation with a range of interests. Amongst them is a concern that the feminist struggles of the late twentieth century and the historical achievements of Australian women in general will be forgotten with the passage of time and the passing of the baton to the next generation of feminists. With this in mind, the NFAW established the Australian Women's Archives Project (AWAP) in 2000 to build knowledge and recognition of the contribution made by women to Australian public life. The NFAW's interest in women's history and heritage coincided with the ongoing concerns of academics in this area and the newly emerging fears of a generation of activists of the 1960s and 70s about the safety of their papers, and hence their historical stories. Not to put too fine a point on it, they were worried about who would look after the material, in the process of these women becoming old, senile and eventually dying. One of these women, Mary Owen, an important figure in the Australian women's movement, provided some modest funding to the NFAW for them to investigate solutions to this problem. From this investigation grew the collaborative partnership that now exists between the NFAW and the UniversityofMelbourne. Scholars in the SchoolofHistorical Studies provide leadership in the area of historical research while technical innovation and support to the project is provided by research fellows in the University's eScholarship Research Centre.
The Australian Women's Register contains the basic historical details of Australian women and their organisations, along with the location and content of relevant archival and bibliographical resources, including those provided online and in non-text formats. It provides browse and search facilities, together with links to similar national and international gateways. The Register links information about small and large repositories, can handle the description and display of information presented in a variety of formats, and represents the complex sets of data contained within archival holdings. It provides important contextual and historical information about women, organisations and their sources to a broad, national and international community. As a result, the Register has emerged as an important part of national scholarly information infrastructure. With most Australian universities supporting research in Australian history, politics, Australian studies, industrial relations and economic history, the Register has the potential to be used in a variety of research and teaching and learning activities across these disciplines. As an indication an analysis of the directory of postgraduate research published annually in the Melbourne Historical Journal suggests that at least 250 postgraduate students could use and potentially contribute to the site in any year, while a similar analysis of competitive grants awarded by the Australian Research Council in 2004 found that approximately thirty five of the funded grants could draw some benefit from use of the Register's database."
The scope section is provided by the collector, with input from the scholar(s), and attempts to estimate the scope of the group that performs the processes described: How broadly do the practices described in this story apply to others in same field, in related fields, etc?
Please provide some keywords that will allow us to group or cluster related stories--or aspects of stories.
1. Was this story collected for a particular Bamboo working group? Delete the working groups that do not apply to leave the keywords of the appropriate group(s).
2. Suggested keywords: Does this story contain elements that could be mapped to these keywords? If so, please indicate which ones and briefly describe the mapping. Add any additional keywords in #3. (These are global keywords from this page keywords)
3. Please list additional keywords here:
4. Related Stores: Are there parts of the story that relate to other collected stories? Please provide title(s).
Australian Women's Register Exhibitions - University of Melbourne [to be provided]