Who are we?The Citizen Science Team of the Australian Meteorological Assoc (AMetA) is a self-managing team that has been hosted by the Bureau of Meteorology for the past 20 years. It's primary purpose is to rescue old Australian weather records to assist climate change analysis (search met-acre MERIT). Our foundation Meteorologist was Sir Charles Todd who established and managed SA's globally significant colonial weather service between 1855 to 1905. However Todd was also a foundation scientist in many other disciplines, as outlined on this website. Since very few resources exist to give a comprehensive view of this pioneer, the Team has spawned a Citizen History Group. For the past 2 years, the group has been building a large database of primary documents on Todd’s professional life. Eventually holding 5000+ records, the database project needs a coordinator to establish editing and metadata regimes and to assess and implement suitable publishing software for curation of the collection on the team's historical website.
What are We Doing?
Gearing off Todd’s very public approach to his work, much of his activities were recorded by the press of the day. Thus, the primary online source of text records is the National Library’s TROVE newspaper collection. As a result, the group has been searching for and downloading/correcting relevant newspaper articles. This will be added to other material including images and videos available from our close cooperation with Todd family descendants and other Todd researchers. To date, the group has combed TROVE for the years 1856-1872 resulting in approximately 2000 downloaded, corrected and annotated documents. As years progress beyond 1872, Todd’s increasing profile in the Colony results in more and more dense news coverage. The continued growth of the collection is guaranteed for as long as the Team continues working on it.The Team believes it is taking a unique approach to history. Since Todd’s contributions to Colonial science were so eclectic, we are not attempting to write history. Rather, we are gathering salient online resources into a comprehensive database that can be flexibly interrogated to illuminate any one of hundreds of views of Todd’s activities in early Australian science that researchers may want to take.
…comfort in working with MS-Word and Excel…capacity to assess and implement online text-management solutions (eg. Omeka) …an organised approach to the planning and implementation of projects …desire to work cooperatively in a team and as a team leader…ability to commit for the long term nature of the project…willingness to work onsite at the Weather Bureau with the history group all-day Fridays.
…an interest in South Australian history…a long work record, including in an office environment…probably retired …understanding that volunteering offers opportunities for professional development…ability to pass a police check
Citizen History Group
The collection has reached the stage where a Project Coordinator is now required to:…establish an editing regime for the downloaded TROVE articles…establish a metadata regime to assist in the organised retrieval of articles, monographs and images…do a requirements analysis for a ’net-based tool to curate and interrogate the resource database …source suitable web-publishing software. The team has done a small trial implementation of Omeka, a publishing platform for libraries, archives, and scholarly collections (click Todd Research Centre on Home page)…(optionally) Coordinate the completion of this Sir Charles Todd website