Data Sharing

AusStage provides alternative mechanisms for accessing, using and sharing the dataset via web services and APIs (Application Programming Interfaces). 

Trove – National Library of Australia

AusStage contributes data to Trove at the National Library of Australia. AusStage event records are discoverable through Trove in the Journals, Articles and Data Sets zone. These records in Trove enrich the research experience in two ways. They put AusStage information into Trove's rich context of information from a wide range of sources, including books, newspapers and photographs. They also provide users of Trove with direct access to event records in AusStage, and to related venues, contributions, organisations, resources and works.

HuNI – Humanities Networked Infrastructure

AusStage contributes data to HuNI – Humanities Networked Infrastructure. HuNI is a national virtual laboratory developed as part of the Australian government's NeCTAR (National e-Research Collaboration Tools and Resources) program. HuNI is combining information from Australia's most significant cultural datasets on the people, objects and events that make up the country's rich heritage. HuNI is deploying software tools that enable researchers to work with this large-scale aggregation of Linked Data. The project is a partnership between thirteen public institutions, led by Deakin University.

AustLit – Australian Literature

AusStage collaborated with the Aus-e-Lit project at the University of Queensland to install a web-service delivering search results to the federated search facility at AustLit, the online resource for Australian Literature. The web-service is implemented with Apache Axis as a wrapper for the Search interface.

Data Exchange

The AusStage Data Exchange service enables users to programmatically retrieve data in real time from the AusStage database. The service can be used to embed live feeds of up-to-date data in external websites. The data can be retrieved in the following formats:

  1. html - as an unordered list
  2. json - data formatted as a series of objects encoded using the JSON syntax
  3. xml - as a series of elements in an XML file
  4. rss - as a standard RSS feed

An optional parameter can also be used which will cause the data to be wrapped in a JavaScript function to make it easier to integrate with existing websites.

Mapping Events

The AusStage Mapping Events service provides a cartographic interface to search, display and visually analyse information about the geographic distribution of live performance over time. 

The Mapping Service API supports data retrievals for presenting maps within the AusStage web interface, and the export of data in the KML format. The Mapping Events API is documented in the following pages:

Data exported in the KML format can be used with a wide variety of GIS based applications including the popular Google Earth application.

Navigating Networks

The AusStage Navigating Networks service provides a visualisation interface for navigating and analysing the network of artistic collaborations embedded in the AusStage dataset.

The Navigating Networks Dataset is a periodic export of data from the Event, Contributor and ConEvLink tables of AusStage. The data is formatted as RDF to facilitate exploration, analysis and visualisation of relationships.

Access to the dataset is via an experimental SPARQL Endpoint and a well-documented API, comprising:  

Calls to the API retrieve data for network visualisations using the Protovis graphics library in the AusStage web interface, and to supply downloads of contributor and event networks in GraphML format for use in desktop software such as Visone, Gephi and Network Workbench.

Researching Audiences

The AusStage Researching Audiences service is designed to gather feedback in real time from audience members who are attending, or have just attended, a performance. Audience members are invited to use their mobile devices to send feedback to AusStage via SMS and Twitter. The Researching Audiences service added a number of new tables to the AusStage relational database, designated with the prefix mob_. The mobile service exposes an API to make it easier to put data into, and retrieve data out of, the database.


The AusStage data set was previously only accessible via human interaction with a custom-designed web interface. Reformatting the AusStage data set in an open-access, standards-compliant format extends access to programmatic interaction and new possibilities for data re-use. The knowledge that AusStage has accumulated can be integrated into the linked data fabric of the Semantic Web by mapping the AusStage database schema onto an ontology that formally expresses relations between entities, by reformatting the dataset as an expression of that ontology, and by storing that expression in a publicly accessible, machine-readable data repository. A SPARQL endpoint to the complete AusStage dataset is available, with web access through forms. You can read more about the RDF store here. Contact the Project Manager for more information.