Live Blog Project Slam

Brendan Dooley introduces innovative research – supported by the university and the CACSSS – to be discussed in the slam.

Prof Anita Maguire welcomes the new PhDs and a bright new beginning for the DAH programme. This interface of disciplines with technology – positions research in UCC to exploit benefits for the University. This workshop is one of the first tangible benefits she has seen to come from the Forfas initiative.

Shawn Day from the DHO speaks about the fertile environment in Cork for digital scholarship. Also Shawn speaks about recent reseach which shows that Ireland is a humanities space that is full of opportunities for young scholars in the DAH the Digital Arts and Humanities.

Beatrix Faerber introduces Celt the 9th web page in the world – uses TEI link- the link is  here:  over 14 milion word of scholarly texts – a wide range of scholarly material – bridging disciplines, and freely openly available to the public online.  There are translations and editions – importantly the editions do not just reproduce the print.  In the header there is extra information, addenda, corrigenda and often manuscript information too.  This is not just google books, it augments the quality of google books – encoding can create indexes, and ennables datamining.  The goals of a project transform the hidden knowledge to make it explicit knowledge and make it available to the public.

Cronan O Doibhlin goes through the variety of digital projects ongoing in the Boole Library University College Cork,  including the digitisation of the Boole Papers, and Frank O Connor material.   He speaks too about access and CORA the Cork Online Repository.

Ciaran McCullagh – Sociology of Mass Communication – speaks about the notion of Digital or Electronic Citizenship – a fourth and new form of citizenship.  Critical question is are you networked or not?  A new under class = the information deprived.  There is a digital divide and sociology is interested in the nature of reactions in web fora.  Another aspect is hacking, and the idea of ‘second enclosure’ and a movement from commons to restricted access.  Antother question is Social Networking – and questions of community decline of face to face communication – even the pope has commented on the dangers of virtualisation and virtual friendship.  There are related questions – the Arab Spring and the UK riots.  Invites us to consider the development of the telephone and the mobile phone, esp using the mobile phone for filming, the  Schizoid personality where a person in conversation looks to answer a mobile phone.  McCullagh speaks too about cycles of adaptation – and other research issues for sociologists include ‘representation’.

John McCarthy – Interaction design in Psychology.

His research is an interdisciplinary practise-based approach to understanding digital experience and culture.   Including:  expressive communication – a system for VJs;  online participation in health 2.0 and friendship and marginalised groups; ….interactive technologies in a heritage context … Hunt Museum and GNR exhibition;  community development citizen journalism, storybank, digital storytelling; designing for personhood in dementia.  Esp. designing a digital locket, engaging with memory – how will this go?  Another example is the idea of a memory box… pure research probes.

Sinead Luttrell uses video and dropbox for teacher education – this ws driven by key criteria… accessible; had to match intended learning outcomes; had to require moderate or minimal tech ability; mobile; public and private viewing; and storage.

James Cronin speaks about ‘narrative as enquiry’ gives example of the Honan Chapel as a case study – cites Melissa Terras and crowdsourcing conference paper at UCLDH 2011.  At any point – we are at just a moment in the narrative …

Brian Bocking speaks about The Irish Buddhist – U. Dhammaloka who was written about in the Sunday Independent – 1911.  Much of the research communication occurred digitally – virtually – collaborators created bibliographies and links together, online.  They have used – collaborative online mindmapping – to chart the research.  Also – they have generated an online timeline collaborative at  Google groups are a good example of online collaborative scholarship.

Cliona O Carroll – The Cork Northside Folklore Project – Memory Map

The have returned to a core initiative – audio interviews with the people of the city and mapping that online using amongst other technologies GIS.  It looks at personal and social histories.  Online audio means warmth and tone of voice, pauses, humour and there are transcriptions for people who find the Cork accent difficult!  A lot of work went on to design a database that was extensible, full of contextual information, with full length information, and transriptions and documentation.  This is a long term project, that is acknowledged as being a long term action.  The online material gives access and browsing – it allows people to have an idea about the depth, the taste, the texture of the material in the archive.  It gives access to a wide range of disciplines who may not otherwise know or understand the great potential of these interviews.  But is still wary of the danger of privileging ‘mappable’ material.

Michael Murphy and Denis Linehan on the Catholic Parish Project – reviving a much older project.  Denis is interested in Catholic Missionaries in the tropics – and found out that no map existed – the Catholic Church in the past had no idea of the limits/boundaries of their parishes.  The townland map held by the Ordnance Survey was used – and also detailed information from local parish priests in their parishes given to their bishops.  Once the map is digitised – and in GIS – all types of data may then be added to it!  This is a tremendous improvement from the original hand drawn map.  This is running with the Famine Atlas – a range of maps digitally derived, and digitally engaged.  Issues also arise about retaining intellectual property rights within the new digital domain.

Further good discussion continues about the nature of pricing – and how public institutions can fund access – as online access is not always free.  However – online usage is up!  So if they are not used – they may, in these straitened times, come under pressure.  There is a weakness in the IREL consortium that, say The Times of London, is not available, largely due to cost.  Discussions need to continue – as today – where people articulate their needs.

Chris Morris Digital Opera – a contested term.

Digital performed opera – Cork Opera House example from the Midsummer Festival – live – offsite performers, virtual engagement – lighting – digitally enhanced opera for example using blue screen technology – deliberated counterpointed the live and mediated figures participating – digitally remediated opera …  cinemas receiving the NY Met to 6,000 audiences worldwide!  Students network too – while all on field trips around the country.  Research questions arise:

Where is the performance?  Is it only inthe place of the socalled live performance?  Or is it elsewhere – in those 6,000 other places?  He speaks about the notion of liveness, and questions the role of presence too?  What is the role of the body and voice? Have you ever thought how odd your online life is?  ENO example of a viral video here:  Can I Be your friend?


Jeffrey Weeter Digital Artist | School of Music

Pattern Portraits was a solo project that created a single channel video

Lustre was a collaboration with electronic music artist and DJ Kate Simko a solo laptop performance.  A really vivid engaging and stimulating presentation – it woke up those of us still here!


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