NEWS: Digital Humanities & Irish Heritage Buildings & UPDATES: Dickens; Ireland After NAMA

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Important news for digital humanists, medievalists, historians (of all varieties!) and lovers of Irish heritage buildings!!

New open-access resource on Ireland’s medieval buildings now live! Browse the Gothic Past site as a visitor or register as a user to make the most of this visual archive of Irish architecture and sculpture. The website is a collaborative project between the History of Art and Architecture Department and the Library of Trinity College Dublin. (@marlalbur and fellow tweeps @niamhmbrennan &   @gmcmahon can tell you more about how this was done!) is one of the first applications in Ireland of the open source @Omeka software platform, provided by the Roy Rozenzwieg Center for History and New Media at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia. Omeka is used internationally by cultural and research institutions such as The Smithsonian National Museum of American History, The New York Public Library, The University of Berkeley, California’s Open Knowledge and the Public Interest (OKAPI).

Why is so valuable?

  • Lecturers can use the site to prepare lectures – just like @AoibheannNiD has done
  • Researchers can use the site to explore new avenues of investigation and will be able to contribute content too – useful for showcasing your work to funders!
  • Students — from primary to postgraduate — can use the site to learn about medieval history and illustrate their projects using images freely downloadable from the site
  • Visitors to Irish heritage sites can use the resource to find out more about the buildings.
  • Registered users will be able to contribute their own content to the archive.

The archive will be updated with more images over the coming months and there are plans to use augmented reality (AR) technology to make the visitor experience even more interactive.

Thanks to Twitter RTs by @discoverireland @archivesireland @enniskerry_hist and @katymilligan has had some really exciting hits in just twenty-four hours including many visitors from higher education institutions worldwide. Countries represented include Ireland, the UK, many Eurozone countries, the United States, Australia, Brazil, Japan, Romania and the Philippines – the latter came to the site using a key-word search of ‘cinquefoil arch‘…….eh, what’s that you say?

Well now: you’ll just have to visit to find out more……

© Caroline McGee February 2012


Update to If you do one thing today: enjoy Dickens 200 (posted 7, February 2012)

Fellow historian (or should I say scientist/historian!) and tweep @michaelkls is a man of many talents and boundless energy: he knows lots about map-making and desk-top publishing to boot! Look what he created to compliment the recent Building 19th Century Ireland post on Dickens in Ireland:


Update to IRELAND AFTER NAMA (posted 15, November 2011)

Last Wedding At Columb Barracks : February 14, 2012

See the interior of this 19th century garrison chapel that has an uncertain future now that Columb Barracks is closed.


Eoghan McConnell’s Irish Times report on the last wedding in St. Barbara’s chapel occasion is here and the original Building 19th Century Ireland post Ireland after NAMA: Tipperary and Westmeath Barracks Closures is here


Filed under Architecture, Charles Dickens, Digital Humanities, Gothic Past, Ireland, Ireland after Nama, Literature, Saving Victorian Heritage

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