Bon Voyage Han

It's a sad day today in the UC CEISMIC office; our first day without Han Li, one of our Digital Content Analysts. Han has left us to travel around Australia and China before making the big move to New York, where she hopes to find work in an art gallery.

Han hard at work in the UC CEISMIC office

Han joined UC CEISMIC initially as an intern, working on the Fairfax Media collection. Her task was to work through fifteen thousand photos from the days of the 4 September 2010 and 22 February 2011 earthquakes.

This was not an easy task. The photos had to be organised (a difficult task since they were taken during the chaos following the earthquakes), the duplicates and any photos that weren't earthquake related removed, and any sensitive material flagged. Han also had to decide how we would describe and organise the photographs within the archive. Many of the decisions she made over a year ago we still follow to this day.

Once Han's internship was completed, she was hired on a full-time basis. She continued to work with the Fairfax collections, as well as many other areas of the archive: she worked with photographers from the Here is Christchurch project, with the HitLab department at the University, with researchers giving earthquake presentations and many, many more.

She has been an invaluable addition to the team and we will miss her very much.


Thank you Han for all your hard work and we wish you the very best in your new life in New York,



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