Check In: Week 6 + 7, 9/ 05/ 2018

So, not much to report.

1. Have started to develop a system where I begin with National statistics bureau as the best for population, migration etc. (and most accurate)

2. Then move to specific governmental organisations that deal with tourism and/ or immigration.

3. Have found that a pro-active approach is the best, if I am unable to find a source for specific data, I ask!

4. I have been in contact with most of the bureaus and museums to find data that is hard to locate or unavailable online. People have been so helpful and pleased to be able to point me to specific and hard to locate statistics. It has initiated ongoing conversations with some and in rare cases gaps etc.

Week 4: Check-In - Mapping Game Masters: statistics and other wondrous things

(1.) I have found that the Australian Bureau of Statistics has been the best source for national population stats and general statistics etc. this week.
However, the census was undertaken in 2011 and then in 2016 and I have found that a lot of sources have quoted these without attempting to ascertain specific data for a specific period that fell between these ie. 2012, 2013, 2014 etc. also information in general seems to be focused on countries, states or territories and not on cities. Such an issue is not specific to the ABS but widespread. I also believe that at one point funding was withdrawn so that statistics in Aus can be a matter of guest-imation so have been cautious when recording stats to double check sources.

WEEK 2 Research Progress

Research area: DreamWorks Animation blockbusters

1. To continue with what I have found last week, I went through the annual report 2015/16 of Te Papa in New Zealand. Apparently, DreamWorks Animation: The exhibition was supported by a local corporate partner - AA Insurance. And to Te Papa, it was a record-breaking year for visitation due to the success of DA. More importantly, it effectively generated more revenue from this blockbuster exhibition. On contrary, 'self generated revenue (of ACMI) reduced compared to previous periods due to only one major Melbourne Winter Masterpieces exhibition, DreamWorks: The Exhibition compared to two per annum in prior years' (ACMI Annual Report 2014/15, p. 52). The fact was ACMI attracted 220,000 visitors within five months while Te Papa had only 135,000 visitors in about three months. Therefore, from my perspective, Te Papa seems to have a more sustainable mode of fundraising than ACMI in this case.