Author: peter

  • Digital and hybrid archives chapter published

    Digital and hybrid archives chapter published

    Our chapter ‘Digital and hybrid archives A case study of the William J. Mitchell collection’ has now been published as part of the Routledge International Handbook of New Digital Practices in Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums and Heritage Sites. Thomas Kvan, Peter Neish & Naomi Mullumby ‘Digital and hybrid archives: A case study of the William…

  • VALA 2018

    VALA 2018

    I presented a couple of papers at VALA this year. Demystifying digital preservation: taking action with a capability maturity model see paper Upskilling by doing: integrating data management planning and online learning see paper

  • GBIF Challenge

    GBIF Challenge

    I’ve been working with Ben Raymond of Grevillea colour distribution fame on an entry to the GBIF Ebbe Nielsen Challenge, which aims to inspire scientists, informaticians, data modelers, cartographers and other experts to create innovative applications of open-access biodiversity data. You can see a sneak peak at our entry at Its a system that…

  • Linked Data talk at VALA 2014

    Linked Data talk at VALA 2014

    Below are the slides from a talk I gave at VALA 2014 on how we went about trialling Linked Data at the Victorian Parliamentary Library. There is also a longer paper that goes along with the talk.   Linked Data: thinking big, starting small from Peter Neish

  • Heatmap of votes by booth

    Heatmap of votes by booth

    Here’s another visualisation of some data from the 2013 Australian Federal Election. I wanted to see how consistent voting patterns were across booths within an electorate. From handing out how to vote cards at my local polling booth I had the feeling that not every booth is the same. Fortunately the Australian Electoral Commission publishes…

  • Visualising Senate Preferences in the Australian 2013 Election

    Visualising Senate Preferences in the Australian 2013 Election

    The Australian Electoral Commission have released the data for preference allocation and makes a good subject for a visualisation. Using a PERL script I was able to group the ticket preferences into groups and then create a matrix in a format suitable for input to a d3js chord diagram. Getting useful data is always a…

  • Using d3js to visualise the Atlas of Living Australia

    I’ve been playing around with d3js,which is an amazing JavaScript library for visualising data. Using the Atlas of Living Australia Web Services I was able to build a simple data explorer that displays a bubble chart of occurrence data for a taxon. At the moment it is fairly basic and is not entirely intuitive (no…

  • Linux Mint on an Acer em350 netbook

    A quick note on installing Linux Mint on an Acer eMachines netbook (em350) for anyone going down the same path. This netbook is a few years old and the installed OS  (Windows 7 starter) had slowed almost to a crawl. After some painful session trying to work out what was causing excessive load under Windows…

  • Exporting records from Horizon

    The Horizon LMS from SirsiDynix provides a utility to export marc records from the system. This is quite robust, except if your bib records are quite large and have a lot of subject tems. The following VBscript allows you to export smaller batches of marc records and skip over known bad records.

  • LOD-LAM meeting at Melbourne Museum 17 April 2012

    Yesterday I spent a really interesting morning at Museum Victoria attending and presenting at a workshop on Linked Open Data in Libraries, Archives and Musuems (LOD-LAM) organised by Culture Victoria. As usual with these things, there were varying levels of technical and background knowledge on the topic. However, I think the level of the presentations…