I’ve been a home a few days now and have finally unpacked the conference satchel. I haven’t unpacked my head yet – there are so many thoughts floating about, clues to follow, posts to write, books to read and contacts to enter up in the database.
I was reminded today of one of the finals day’s presentations from Tim Sherratt, manager of Trove , the treasure house of wonderful information and resources available to us all via the National Library of Australia. Tim’s entertaining presentation explored the how, when, where and why of Trove as well as some of the places it is going in the future.
One of the interesting sidelines of the Trove service and, by default, community that has grown up around the site is how ‘Trove’ as a word has entered the lexicon. My house mate commented over breakfast this morning about how, on a word site he belongs to, they define a word a day. Trove, they say, is usually found in the company of treasure as a phrase and nowhere else is it in common use…..that is, except in Australia!
Shhhhh! We won’t tell that word site about the online game called Trove, will we?
Tim was delighted to recount examples of how the extended Trove community was creating its own ways of interacting with Trove. He gave examples of amazing efforts in OCR text correction, support by local history groups in submitting their digitized newspapers for inclusion, IT gurus who have taken the Trove API and created new ways of interacting with the service, blog posts like ‘Trove Tuesday’ and particularly Carmel’s Troveictionary!
We can all be part of expanding this wonderful resource if we so choose. We can give back by text correcting the OCR transcriptions of articles, we can add tags and build lists thereby enhancing the search experience for others; if we are smart enough, we can build our own TroveBot or QueryPic as Tim has done.
We can also help to make it possible for more resources to be added by contributing to the fund raising for the digitization of the Hamilton Spectator, a Victorian Western District newspaper, from 1860 to 1913. Inside History magazine has launched a Pozible Fundraising campaign to raise $10,000 needed to complete this project.
Your support is needed and would be welcomed! You can help get the Hamilton Spectator into Trove.