Melbourne University :: #ArtsHack 2013

Do you have data that needs to be displayed on a map? ITS Research & The Faculty of Arts in collaboration with community wrangler David Flanders have carefully designed these workshops for postgraduate students and academics in the Faculty of Arts.

ArtsHack Maps 2013

This workshop is modeled off a recent event run at The Age newspaper, outlined in more detail here.

#ArtsHack will be a series of short workshops on how to turn humanities data into physical and interactive maps using a tool called TileMill. Participants will learn all the skills to make this happen; from making their data geospatially compliant through to using a cartography formatting language to tell a story with a map.

Each participant will walk away with the ability to produce beautiful visual maps for the front page of their research papers, for their presentations, and even publishing interactive maps on their own website. The classroom sessions will be aimed at postgraduate students and academics (we estimate 20 to 35 people). The finale will be an art gallery/show event, show-casing the work of the participants. This will be for Faculty of Arts academics, family and other Melburnians.

1. The Workshops and the Finale

There will be two workshop sessions (3 hours each) plus an option session to teach participants how to format their data so it can be wrangled into a map and then stylised to highlight the map with various cartography techniques, so as to help tell the story’ of the research and its data. The finale event will be a printing of the maps that are produced and their exhibition at an art gallery for colleagues and friends to attend.

Workshop #1  – Room 263 Old Arts Building – Tuesday June 4th 3pm – 6pm (participants will then be encouraged to attend a homework study session at the local pub between 6pm – 9pm)

Workshop #2, Room 257 Old Arts Building – Thursday June 6th 3pm – 6pm (another homework session at the local)

Workshop # 3 (optional) Room 263 Old Arts Building– Tuesday June 11th 3pm – 6pm (another homework session at the local if needed)

Final maps are due Wednesday 12th June for us to print for the exhibition.

Wine and Cheese Cartography Exhibition – Arts Hall, Old Arts Building Thursday June 13th 6pm – 9pm friends and family welcome.

2. Registration & Questions

To register for this event, please register your details on this web page. Got any questions? Please email us at

3. Where did all of this come from?

The vision of ITS Research is to empower researchers to do great things with IT. Providing IT service is not just about giving people access to a desktop PC, or a cloud server, it’s about showing particular labs or groups or disciplines how IT can work for them. The #ArtsHack event is a great example of showing people how to use IT in a very specific, targeted way that works for them. And of course, people partake in a fun and educating way.

3 Responses to “Melbourne University :: #ArtsHack 2013”

  1. Tiffany Too says:

    Hi, I wonder do you offer the same course in the near future? Thank you.


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