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Project Members:

Roger Osborne (Data Source Administrator, r.osborne@uq.edu.au)

ANDS Contact:

Julia Martin (Julia.Martin@ands.org.au)

Project Status:

Completed

Aus-e-Lit: Collaborative Integration and Annotation Services for Australian Literature Communities

AustLit, University of Queensland

Project Description:

Aims
Provide eResearch services to address the needs of researchers involved in the study of Australian literature, building on the existing AustLit web portal. New services will be developed to enable data integration and search across multiple relevant databases including AustLit, Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS), Australian National Bibliographic Database, Australian Digital Theses, National Library of Australia's PeopleAustralia and PictureAustralia; for collaborative annotation of digital resources such as documents; and for compound object authoring, editing and publishing with a Literature Object Re-use and Exchange (LORE) tool.

Outcomes
* Federated search - operational on the AustLit web site, but inclusion of some databases has been delayed waiting on the National Library of Australia’s project to federate their internal archives.

* Full-text search - operational on the AustLit web site, including tools and documentation for adding documents to the AustLit full-text search.

* Annotation and compound object authoring tool - the LORE (Literature Object Reuse and Exchange) tool incorporating secure authenticated access has been released on SourceForge and the Mozilla Firefox add-ons site.

* Compound Object applications - Black Words trails in AustLit, integrated Agent network visualisation in AustLit based on LORE explore view.

* Empirical reporting services – completed and handed over to AustLit for further development and integration into the main website.

* Improved AustLit Analytics including charts, maps, timelines and empirical reporting.

* Federated Search of several repositories (AustLit, Scholarly Electronic Text and Image Service (SETIS), Australian National Bibliographic Database, Australian Digital Theses, National Library of Australia's PeopleAustralia and PictureAustralia) via AustLit portal.

Benefits
* Users can more quickly find compound objects by title and author with new search capability

* Provision of a new full-text search service across a corpus of hundreds of works of fiction, poetry and criticism from the early 19th century to the 1930s, enabling users to quickly locate word usage and themes within hundreds of selected works.

* The Federated Search service (beta version) enables users to quickly review and organize search results from up to nine databases in addition to AustLit.

* The Annotation Service and Compound-object Authoring Service prototype will support a number of trial projects with the assistance of a small group of researchers, raising awareness of the potential of collaborative interpretation and scholarship in literary studies.

ANZSRC-FOR code:

20 LANGUAGE
COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE