VALA Conference 2016

I spent an incredible 3 days at the VALA16 conference, attending meetings, training sessions, presentations, and networking with some wonderful people.

Sessions that I attended:


The rest of the videos of sessions are up.  Interesting papers about semantic web, linked open data, making heritage collections and archives available.
The VALA peer reviewed proceedings will become open in time, access is available at this time, to attendees. 

Speeding fines for cyclists?


Cycling along the Coastal Park, Glenelg, November 2013.

This article in The Australian about proposed speeding fines for cyclists in the Holdfast Bay area got my back up a little bit. Surely there’s got to be a better solution than just fining people?

Perhaps instead of a shared pathway, why not separate the pathway so that bikes and and pedestrians use different sections? There are already two pathways along part of the section near Glenelg Beach. Top path for bikes, bottom path for pedestrians.

Will the council consider fining runners who are faster than 10 km an hour?

It would be great to have a dedicated bike corridor through/around the congested area near the beach.

However, if the proposed ‘speeding’ fines went directly into finishing the pathway that might be a different story… but it seems that money isn’t the only issue.

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A petition on

Brain Art

To the new Minister for Health, I encourage you to review the costs of Deep Brain Stimulation in order to increase the accessibility of this surgical procedure for sufferers of severe Parkinson’s Disease.

To my friends and family, to other Australian’s, I encourage you to add your voices to the petition on I can’t guarantee that it will reach the right people, but hopefully someone will see it and somewhere it will be preserved that there are people out there who care enough to make a difference.