Kerry Kilner & Anna Gerber, UQ: Austlit

Transforming the Study of Australian Literature through a collaborative eResearch environment


Austlit aims to be the central virtual research resource for Australian literature research & teaching. Has provided extensive biographical & bibliographical records, specialist data set creations. Was converting paper to web-based projects (Bibliography of Australian Literature); moves to process rather than product view of scholarship.

Supports research community building. Upcoming: Aus-e-Lit, deeper engagement with new forms of scholarly communication & publication.

  • Federated search, visual reports (graphs, maps: New Empiricism). Allow intelligent metadata queries.
  • Tagging & Annotation: collaborative (Scholarly editions; simple tagging)
  • Compound Object Authoring tools (OAI ORE), for publishing as aggregates
    • Data model: Literature Object Reuse & Exchange (based on FRBR)

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