Seeing is believing: the AusStage database and the development of visualisation tools

Julian Meyrick

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    AusStage is the national online resource for live performance research in Australia. It comprises a freely accessible online database, and a suite of tools designed to enhance the research potential for scholars, industry and public alike. It currently holds records on over 85,000 performance events, 119,000 contributors, 13,300 organisations, 8,500 venues and 56,300 related articles, books, programs, images, videos and archival items. Development is led by a consortium of universities, government agencies, industry organisations and collecting institutions with funding from the Australian Research Council.

    Over its seventeen-year history, AusStage has gone through a number of development phases that have increased its resources and flexibility. This paper discusses Phase 6, now underway, which seeks to construct a new 2D and 3D visual interface and digital exhibition space for a crucial selection of Australian theatre venues. For live performance, the category of venue is primary. New visualisation technologies are crucial to the provision of enhanced venue information and enabling a more diverse range of scholarly, industry, and policy applications. They provide knowledge of venues that cannot be visited because of restricted access, intensive use, historical degradation, or the fact that they no longer exist. But they also open up venues as fundamental to understanding the way embodied space operates in the performing arts generally. In doing so, they alter the way existing information within the database inheres, and provide ways of generating substantial new knowledge about events that are no longer experientially available.
    Original languageEnglish
    Publication statusPublished - 2017
    EventDigitizing the Stage: Rethinking the Early Modern Theatre Archive - Bodleian Libraries, Oxford, United Kingdom
    Duration: 10 Jul 201712 Jul 2017 (Conference abstracts and speakers)


    ConferenceDigitizing the Stage
    Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
    OtherDigitizing the Stage 2017 (conference)
    Digitizing the Stage: Rethinking the Early Modern Theatre Archive was a conference held in Oxford, UK, from July 10-12, 2017. The conference was co-sponsored by the Folger Shakespeare Library, the Centre for Digital Scholarship at the Bodleian Libraries, and Professor Tiffany Stern. The conference sought to hear from early modernists engaging their subject through digital means, as well as to invite approaches from other disciplines, genres, and time periods which could prompt new thinking about the ways we preserve, describe, research, and teach the early modern stage.
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