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QCIF becomes new lead of HASS virtual lab project

QCIF is the new lead agent of the Humanities and Social Sciences Data Enhanced Virtual Laboratory (HASS DEVL) and its Tinker Web portal.

QCIF will continue to operate, maintain and expand the project's outputs while focusing on the project’s mission: to encourage HASS researchers to experiment (hence the platform name “Tinker”) as a way to build skills and give confidence to those using digital tools and methods in HASS research.
 
With greater availability of large-scale HASS data sets and increasingly accessible digital research tools, HASS DEVL was created as a national collaboration aiming to provide pathways for HASS researchers to use new digital tools, access data repositories and receive training.

eRSA (eResearch South Australia) was the lead agent of the HASS DEVL project in 2018. However, it was announced late last year that the organisation would be disestablished in 2019.
 
“eRSA did a great job in delivering the Tinker Studio, the Data Curation Framework, the HASS Champions program and the popular DH [Digital Humanities] Pathways events. On behalf of the steering committee and project partners, we thank them and bid them farewell,” said HASS DEVL Steering Committee Chair Richard Maltby.
 
“We are proud of the project's achievements so far and we look forward to working with the Queensland institutions and the University of Melbourne, and a bright future for HASS DEVL and the Australian digital HASS research community.”

This year, the project will be composed of two nodes: a Queensland node (the Queensland Digital HASS Network — a collaboration between UQ, Griffith and QUT) that will carry out technology development, training and skills development, communications and contribute to a future vision for digital HASS research; and a Victoria node (based at the University of Melbourne) that will deliver a Data Curation Framework and community engagement activities including the HASS Champions program.

Tinker e-newsletters will now be issued by the Queensland node. So, if you would like to keep up with changes and continue to receive the Tinker e-newsletter, we invite you to click on the link below. 

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