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Clever Collections: a national showcase of technical innovations for digital collections

To be held in association with ARROW and DART

Wednesday and Thursday, November 28 and 29, 2007.
Registrations commence at 9am and the program at 9:30am

221 Bouverie Street,
University of Melbourne

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Digital collections of research materials are revolutionising the way research is conducted, providing unprecedented ways of presenting, accessing, analyzing and manipulating scholarly information. World-class innovative development of such collections (and the systems that support them) is being undertaken in Australia. This event intends to showcase the excellent work being done.

Clever Collections will provide a showcase of technical innovation relating to repositories, data centres and other research collections as they are found in universities and major research organizations. The event will favour concise 20 - 30 minute presentations, and will deliberately juxtapose innovations from all manner of online collections, for example:

Clever Collections is also designed as a celebration of FRODO and MERRI projects conducted with Systemic Information Infrastructure (SII) Funding provided by the Department of Education, Science and Training. As these projects draw to a close, it is appropriate to review the outcomes of the very considerable technical developments which have been made possible over the duration of the projects.

Over the next five years, the National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) is enabling the further development of online collections of research data. These too will have a place in this showcase.

Who should attend?

Plenary speakers

  • Professor Noshir Contractor, Jane S. & William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University. Professor of Industrial Engineering & Management Science, McCormick School of Engineering; Professor of Communication Studies, School of Communication; & Professor of Management & Organizations, Kellogg School of Management, Director, Science of Networks in Communities (SONIC) Research Laboratory. Affiliate of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From Disasters to WoW: Enabling Communities with Cyberinfrastructure
  • Jock Phillips: General Editor, Te Ara: the Online Encyclopedia of New Zealand
    Research scholars and web users – Te Ara’s Attempt to Bridge this Digital Divide
  • Dr Elizabeth Webster: Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, University of Melbourne
    Disembodied Knowledge: The Importance of Intangible Capital
  • Dr Rhys Francis: Executive Director, Australian eResearch Infrastructure Council

Other clever speakers will include

  • Dr Ashley Buckle: NHMRC Senior Research Fellow, Monash University
    The Australasian Repository for Diffraction Images
  • Dr Warwick Cathro: Assistant Director-General, National Library of Australia
    Building the Mother of all Collections: The Future of the National Library's Resource Discovery Services
  • Leo Monus: Software Engineer, Australian National University
    Integrating Repositories with Researcher Environments
  • Stuart Ramsden: Researcher & Visualization Programmer, ANU Supercomputer Facility
    Publishing Computational Experiments at the Australian National University - the EPINET Story
  • Alison Stevenson: Director and Conal Tuohy, Senior Programmer, New Zealand Electronic Text Centre, Victoria University of Wellington
  • Dr Nick Thieberge ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Linguistics, University of Melbourne, University of Melbourne
    Doing it by Ourselves: Online Curation of Humanities Research Output
  • and more ...

ICE Workshop

A workshop on ICE: The Integrated Content Environment will be held on Tuesday, November 27, by the RUBRIC Project.


A dinner will be held at 7:00 for 7:30pm on the evening of Wednesday, November 28 at University House on the University of Melbourne campus. The cost of this is included in the registration for Clever Collections.


$160.00. This charge includes lunch, morning and afternoon teas, dinner on the night of November 28 and GST.

This amount is subsidised by the Australian Partnership for Sustainable Repositories and ARROW which are funded by the Department of Education, Science and Training as part of the Commonwealth Government's "Backing Australia's Ability - An Innovative Action Plan for the Future".


Registrations for this event have now closed. Enquiries may be addressed to

Cancellations and substitutions

Cancellations should be notified in writing to Refunds will be made for cancellations notified before November 20, 2007. Substitutions can be made but it is preferred that these be notified well before the event.


Clever Collections delegates are advised to use public transport.


The University of Melbourne is located just north of the City of Melbourne so there are many accommodation options available.

APSR has negotiated with the Rydges on Swanston (701 Swanston St and within walking distance of Clever Collections) for their corporate rate to apply for delegates. The Superior Suite will cost $165 and the Parkview Suites $180. If you require breakfast ($18), it is preferable to order this at the time of booking. Please forward bookings to

Delegates might like to consider also staying at Graduate House at the University of Melbourne. Rooms are available from $85.