Heritage and Culture
CeRDI is working with regional Victorian organisations, local governments, and indigenous groups on important initiatives to support and promote culture and heritage. CeRDI has a key role in projects that maintain, build and promote built and natural environments. eResearch strategies together with clever portal development technologies are being used to meet a range of objectives that support knowledge building in heritage and culture within and across communities.
According to researchers from Federation University, hundreds of colonists in 19th century Victoria were rescued from bushfires, flooded rivers or from being lost in the bush by Aboriginal people. A new project commenced at Federation University to document the stories of Aboriginal heroes in shaping Victoria’s history between 1800 and 1930.
The Gunaikurnai Information Hub provides support for the joint management of parks and reserves of the Appointed Lands of the Gunaikurnai people, the Traditional Owners of Gippsland, with the Traditional Owners playing a central role in managing these lands into the future.
CeRDI and the City of Ballarat have collaborated on the Historic Urban Landscape (HUL) Ballarat web portal. The portal is one of the strategies developed for Ballarat, as a member of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Historic Urban Landscape Global project, to ensure the city continues to retain its character, landscape and cultural significance as it grows.
A series of audio tours focusing on the men and women from Ballarat and surrounding districts who served during WW1 were launched in 2021. The eight audio tours, which are available via the Avenue of Honour website, commemorate the substantial involvement of the employees (the ‘Lucas Girls’) from E. Lucas & Co textile company, who planted many of the trees along Ballarat’s Avenue of Honour.
Visualising Ballarat is a spatial mapping tool which is embedded within the Historic Urban Landscapes (HUL) web portal. Visualising Ballarat is a mechanism for knowledge building and for planning, enabling end users to directly access complex data sets from a single point of access and to participate in the localised knowledge building process. The data sets available include data relating to historic landscapes, trees, parks, views, and landmarks, natural landscapes, geology, services and infrastructure, boundaries and regulatory tools.