[24 March is Ada Lovelace Day, an international day of blogging to celebrate the achievements of women in technology and science. Find out more at http://findingada.com/. This post is less polished than I would like it to be, as I am dashing it off at the end of the work day.] Donna alerted me to Sr Judith Zoebelein, who is Editorial director at Internet Office of the Holy See – i.
In my most recent talk on humanities computing, one of the issues that I raised, and that others asked about, was how humanities computing projects are evaluated in a way that can contribute to career advancement, especially for those of us who do not hold traditional research positions but are some kind of hybrid developer/research assistant. The time that I spend developing a database and website (what our end-users see) is time that I don’t spend writing scholarly articles (which would be better for my career).
One of the goals of the Founders and Survivors project (the one that concerns me the most) is to compile and publish data about the Van Diemen’s Land convicts from a variety of sources, and make links or cross-reference between records from different sources that relate to the same individual (or, potentially, the same family). Our sources include convict indents carried on the convict ships, conduct records, police gazettes, and registers of births, deaths and marriages.
I am still buzzing one week after my happiest linux.conf.au ever, which was followed by the immensely rewarding DrupalSouth; but I go back to work tomorrow, and while I’ll be putting the fruits of the previous weeks to good use, this may be my last chance in a while to reflect on the highlights of the conferences and what they indicate to me about the current state of the free software community.
I participated in the great geek love-fest that was DrupalSouth Wellington, and the online love-fest on identi.ca and twitter that accompanied it. I think the frenzy reached its greatest heights during Angela Byron’s demonstration of Drupal 7, the upcoming major upgrade with innumerable awesome features and improvements. Some of the geeks who did not attend DrupalSouth were less than enthusiastic about our enthusiasm, and my non-geek friends who were following along on Facebook were very confused.