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AusStage National Performing Arts Database 


Flinders University, as the lead organisation for a group of eight Australian universities, is developing the AusStage national performing arts database. The project is supported by an Australian Research Council grant, the Council of Heads of Australian University Theatre Studies Institutions, Australasian Drama Studies Association and members of Museum Australia’s Performing Arts Special Interest Group]. The project will establish a core database as a catalyst for additional projects. 

OVERALL PROJECT AIMS

  • creation of a website as a focal point and mechanism for data entry and searching;

  • development of a comprehensive national database listing all performing arts events in Australia;

  • identification, creation and storage of text, images, audio and video files to be linked to the national database;

  • identification of performing arts information and databases in Australian collecting institutions;

  • development of search protocols to extract and present data from the AusStage database and other information sources;

  • conversion of legacy print-based and electronic records; and 

  • development of a performing arts gateway through the National Library of Australia Subject Gateway Project.

NEW SOUTH WALES HUB

The NSW Hub aims to create or capture information on Sydney and NSW regional professional and amateur performing arts events from 1789 onwards.

Key players during stage one are the University of New South Wales School of Theatre, Film and Dance, University of New South Wales Social Sciences and Library, Seaborn Broughton and Walford Foundation, the Wolanski Foundation and Mark Carpenter, a private collector with a substantial Australian performing arts database. 

Wolanski Foundation director, Paul Bentley, is assisting the development of a NSW Hub after completing reports on information standards, NSW feasibility and management of past events.

Testing of data entry for current events (January 2001 onwards) is in train. The creation of entries for past events is expected to begin within the next couple of months with the importation of records from Mark Carpenter’s database and creation of entries from the substantial Dennis Wolanski Library of the Performing Arts program collection, now located at the University of New South Wales Library.

To sustain the project, it is intended that the University of NSW School of Theatre, Film and Dance  will manage ongoing data entry for current events (January 2001 onwards), with the assistance of a network of voluntary organisations and individuals, using a web-enabled database.

We would like to hear from organisations and individuals who may be interested in providing data on events in particular organisations, venues, locations, periods and art forms. .   

FURTHER INFORMATION AND REGISTRATION OF INTEREST

To obtain more information or register your interest regarding NSW events, please contact Paul Bentley.

To obtain more information or register interest on events in other states, please contact the national project manager Joh Hartog at Flinders University

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