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Built in a weekend -- 'Eyes on the past', an experiment in using facial/eye detection to build an exploratory interface to digitised newspapers in Trove.

http://desolate-shelf-4021.herokuapp.com/
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New bloggage catching up on recent projects and experiments. Includes some WWI faces, a bit of geolocating of newspapers, a new view on what 'Trove is...', some playing around with Radio National data in Trove, what's 'In a word...', and an intro to the Tung Wah Newspaper Index.

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Something I made with all the lovely ABC current affairs data now in Trove...

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Trove Manager by day, Trove tinkerer by night -- a summary of my experiments and talks over the last 8 months...

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After fiddling around a bit with d3 sunburst visualisations, I created the Trove Zone Explorer -- http://dhistory.org/trove/zone-explorer/

It's zoomable, so you can drill down through the Trove zones to explore the different format and resource types hidden inside. Once you get to a 'leaf', it heads off to the Trove API and pulls back 10 random resources.

There's still a few limitations, but it's sort of interesting to explore.

The code is buried in my dhistory repo, with the important stuff here: https://github.com/wragge/dhistory/blob/master/dhistory/collectionviews/static/js/trove-sunburst.js

I also made a gist of the basic code that converts facet data from Trove into the json structure used by many of the d3 demos: https://gist.github.com/wragge/7856103

You should be able to plug this in to some of the other visualisations.
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So today is Constitution Day in Australia, not that most Australians realise it. On 9 July 1900, Queen Victoria gave her assent to the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Bill, providing the legal basis for the nation that was founded on 1 January 1901.

Yes, Australia was created through an act of the British Parliament. But the Constitution itself was drafted at a series of conventions and voted on at referendums in each colony.

At one point I was the in-house constitutional history 'expert' at the National Archives of Australia. I got to create a little timeline, but never got to finish my story about 'The sneeze that saved Federation'.

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