Australian Research Council

The Library is a key supporter of several Australian Research Council projects, including:

Climate change data

This project brings together a team of Australia’s leading climate scientists, water managers and historians to work on reconstructing pre-20th-century rainfall, temperature and pressure for south-eastern Australia, using paleoclimate, documentary and early weather station data.

Partners include the Australian Bureau of Meteorology, Met Office Hadley Centre, the Murray-Darling Basin Commission, Melbourne Water, NSLA, the Department of Sustainable Environment, Monash University Powerhouse Museum, the National Institute of Water & Atmospheric Research, the University of Exeter, and other key Australian libraries.

Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in Australia

This project builds on the Library’s work leading up to our successful The medieval imagination exhibition. Melbourne University’s Professor Margaret Manion, who curated that exhibition, will lead the project to research Australian holdings of Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts, and document initiatives to present these precious materials online.

Aboriginal visual histories

Led by Monash University’s Centre for Australia Indigenous Studies, this project will review, for the first time, photographs of Aboriginal people in key collections around Australia and in Europe, and produce the first systematic history of photographing Aboriginal people.

Project partners include the state museums of Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia, the state libraries of New South Wales and Western Australia, the Northern Territory Library and Archives, the National Library of Australia, the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies; and from the UK, the Pitt-Rivers Museum, Oxford University and the Cambridge Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

The searchers

The Searchers project, in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology, has examined some of the challenges faced by major public libraries (that is, libraries that provide collection and reference services at state (provincial) or national levels). The three-year project (2007 to 2010) focused on the challenges associated with the online information environment and the use of new digital technologies.

Copyright & digitisation

The State Library of Victoria is taking part in a two-year project which addresses copyright issues facing Australian cultural institutions. Instigated by Museums Australia, Copyright and cultural institutions: digitising collections in public museums, galleries and libraries, is being conducted with the support of the Australian Research Council and six partner institutions:

  • Art Gallery of New South Wales
  • Australian Centre for the Moving Image
  • Australian War Memorial
  • National Museum of Australia
  • Museum Victoria
  • State Library of Victoria.

The project will evaluate the influence of copyright law on the processes of digitisation being undertaken by Australian cultural institutions. Increasingly, these institutions are using digitisation to make electronic copies of works for preservation or to create online collections which provide greater access to researchers and the general public.

The project is led by researchers at the University of Melbourne’s School of Earth Sciences.