Timeline of Demonstrations covered by the Tribune from 1965 to 1969

Together the Events Team extracted the metadata from the State Library of NSW’s collection and streamlined the information and relevant photographs into a spreadsheet. The streamlined spreadsheet data included a title of the event, new tags and relevant photographs from the original negative strip.

Last week we translated that data into Knight Lab’s Timeline spreadsheet in order to create a timeline of the events we were working with. Our streamlined data made the conversion to Knight Lab’s spreadsheet a simple task and within a week we had a functioning timeline.

Click here to see our timeline!

The timeline also had several categories (such as Anti-Vietnam War and UAW Conference) to help see the nature of a demonstration before even clicking on it.


Making connections – photographs to articles

One of the tasks for our section of the class project was to develop a standardised method for linking descriptions/photographs to newspaper articles.

This method included:

  • Tagging
  • Within the comments section of Trove adding links to the Tribune collection and to the related photograph/article on Trove.
  • Two lists have been created to link the articles and photographs together on Trove.  Making Connections – 10154 ( https://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=123857  ) links all the articles and photographs on Trove together. Making Connections – 10154 – Photographs ( https://trove.nla.gov.au/list?id=123858 ) links only the photographs together.

We have also created a table that connects the Tribune collection with the digitised photograph and articles in Trove. Table 2. Making connections is seperated into three different parts by colour. The yellow section is the metadata the article itself, the blue is the metadata for the Tribune negatives and the green forms connections between these collections.


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Making connections

As part of the class project exploring the State Library of New South Wales Tribune Negatives Collection, we have been all about making connections.  Using Trove (as username MakingConnections10154) we have identified other photographic collections which overlap and connect to the Tribune collection through themes of activism, social and political movements, demonstrations and prominent individuals.  A spreadsheet (Table 1. Making connections) has been created to record the basic metadata of the collections we have discovered so far.  We have also used the identified themes of each collection to create tags within Trove as a way of making connections between these various collections.

Title: Item 064:  Tribune negatives including anti-Vietnam War protest, Tribune Fair, and demonstration outside Central Police Court, Sydney, New South Wales, October 1965.

Date:  1965

Institution:  State Library of New South Wales

Creator: Unknown

Collection: Part of Series 01: Negatives from the Tribune (Communist Party of Australia newspaper) featuring social and political movements 1964-1972.

Trove tags: protest movements, peace movements, political activism, demonstrations, social movements.

Source:  http://digital.sl.nsw.gov.au/delivery/DeliveryManagerServlet?embedded=true&toolbar=false&dps_pid=FL453311 

Acknowledgements:  Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales and Courtesy Tribune / SEARCH Foundation.

Title: Anti conscription demonstrations through Melbourne streets.

Date: 1966

Institution:  State Library of Victoria

Creator:  David Glenn

Collection:  Dalton collection

Trove tags: protest movements, peace movements, political activism, demonstrations, social movements.

Source:  https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/238798895

Acknowledgements:  State Library of Victoria.

Title:  An elderly woman and a young child in a pusher, at a peace rally in Melbourne.

Date: 1960

Institution:  University of Melbourne Archives

Creator: Unknown

Collection:  Archives

Trove tags:  protest movements, demonstrations, social movements, peace movements, Communist party, Australian Socialists.

Source:  https://trove.nla.gov.au/version/227008062

Acknowledgements: University of Melbourne Archives.

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Quick Review: Google Cloud Drag and Drop

Starting us off is Google Cloud Drag and Drop. This service is a demo version and as such does not require a google account, or any sign in process. To use some of Google’s other machine tagging and learning services a full sign-in process is required.

The Drag and Drop service is very user-friendly, all you need is access to an image and away you go! Once dropped the image is processed and various annotations for the image are produced. These are sorted into six tabs; Faces, Labels, Web, Properties, Safe Search and JSON. The maximum file size of images used is 4MB and a user’s browser must have JavaScript enabled.

For the purpose of this project we have been focusing on the ‘Labels’ which are basically tags. They are shown with a percentage number that represents the likelihood of the label’s accuracy, e.g. Monochrome 97%. This service gave fairly accurate results but did not go in-depth into the images contents. Results returned were things like, Monochrome, Photograph, Crowd. Pretty standard and expected stuff (For a full spreadsheet record of the results click here!). One big issue, with the demo version at least, is that users can only process one image at a time. Ultimately making it unrealistic to use on large scale collections like the Tribune negatives collection.

So, Google Cloud Drag and Drop has its pros and cons. Easy to use, free, no sign-up, generally accurate results but those results are not in-depth, and the input method is not optimised for larger collections. Good for a trial but for extracting useful information from the Tribune negatives collection not realistic.

-Machine Tagging Team

Hello from the Machine Tagging team!

Hello! Coming to you from the Machine Tagging team with a run-down on what we’ve been up to. As the Machine Tagging team, we have been investigating machine tagging programs and their applicability to the NSW State Library’s Tribune negatives collection. Our aim is to find a program that can extract useful historical and cultural heritage data from this collection for future users to take advantage of. Our team chose a set of images, with a broad scope of subject, to investigate. We ran this data set through four different programs, Google Cloud Drag and Drop, IBM Watson, Clarifai, and Imagga. We recorded the results and have reviewed each service.

Week 11: Mapping Places

This week we looked at visually displaying photos in the Tribune Collection through a map. A range of different options were discussed to display these images such as heat maps. Difficulties in doing so became known due to the limitations of certain sites such as Google Maps not being able to load images to a seperate map. Due to this, the group is looking to develop an app with the help of Tim in order to display certain image(s) for a specific places and have it visible with its location. Data within the spreadsheet created within the group is still being updated by members of the group to help add and enrich data to apply to the map as of next week.

Announcement from the Event’s Team!

We  the people of the events team are happy to announce that we are are busy uploading images to Wikimedia Commons – here’s an example Anti-Vietnam Demonstrations.  We are also busy working on creating a timeline of events from the Tribune Collection for you to lay your eyes upon… We’ll keep you posted on our progress, but it seems to be going well!

Thanks 😀