The UCD Digital Library is constantly working on new collections, updating workflows, and engaging with our user communities. Check back here for all updates on our activities.
We currently have a lot of collections at various stages in our workflow. The following is a flavour of what will be coming on-line in the near future.
Work is currently underway to digitise and catalogue a selection of 'mosquito press' political journals. The journals are held in the National Folklore Collection library in UCD.
The journals that have been scanned to date include:
UCD Digital Library is excited to present the Irish Poetry Reading Collection, a magnificent collection of filmed poetry readings, created and managed by UCD Library.
The collection, which forms part of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, is a central repository for readings by Irish poets, in both the English and the Irish language. This collection aims to capture and preserve the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland, and includes the voices of: established poets; emerging poets; performance poets; avant-garde poets; English and Irish language poets; and Irish diaspora poets. Many of the readings are accompanied by handwritten or typed transcriptions of the poem, created by the poet especially for the reading.
The Irish Poetry Reading Archive, developed by UCD Library, was launched on December 2nd by Heather Humphreys, Minister of Arts, Heritage & the Gaeltacht. Also speaking at the Newman House launch were UCD Librarian John B. Howard, Paula Meehan, the Ireland Chair of Poetry, accompanied by poets Biddy Jenkinson and Michael Coady, who read from their own poetry.
The Irish Poetry Reading Collection, which forms part of the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, is a central repository for readings by Irish poets, in both the English and the Irish language. This collection aims to capture and preserve the rich and diverse landscape of poetry in Ireland, and includes the voices of: established poets; emerging poets; performance poets; avant-garde poets; English and Irish language poets; and Irish diaspora poets. Many of the readings are accompanied by handwritten or typed transcriptions of the poem, created by the poet especially for the reading.
This collection is an ongoing project, which started in 2014, and is created and managed by UCD Library. Bringing together the voices of Irish poets in a curated secure environment will ensure that this cultural heritage collection is preserved for future generations. Over time, the collection will become a resource of national scope and significance, serving both national and international readers and scholars with interests in Irish poetry. UCD Library is extremely grateful to the large number of poets who are featured in the Irish Poetry Reading Archive, many of them Aosdána members, who have generously and freely given of their time to initiate the project.
An information LibGuide for the Irish Poetry Reading Archive can be found here.
An article about the Irish Poetry Reading Archive in The Irish Times can be found here.
UCD Library, UCD Archives, and the UCD Student Centre, are delighted to launch two wonderful and evocative collections, honouring one of Irish history's young heroes. Kevin Barry, a medical student at University College Dublin, was executed for his part in an ambush which resulted in the deaths of three British Army officers in 1920. He was hanged on the 1st of November 1920, despite numerous appeals for his life to be spared. He was 18 years old.
The Kevin Barry Papers, held in UCD Archives, contain material associated with his days at Belvedere College, his year as a medical student in UCD, and his brief time in custody at Mountjoy Prison before execution. The majority of the collection is composed of material gathered by Kathy Barry Maloney, Barry's sister, after his death.
The Papers of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee, recently purchased by the UCD Student Centre and held in UCD Archives, comprises the papers and correspondence of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee, who were formed to raise funds to create a memorial to Kevin Barry. The Committee commissioned Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited to create a stained glass window dedicated to Kevin Barry. The window, designed by Richard King, was erected in Earlsfort Terrace and unveiled on 1st November 1934. In 2010, the window was conserved, restored and relocated in the Charles Institute at Belfield, the current campus of University College Dublin.
In a fitting tribute to the legacy of Kevin Barry, both collections were launched by UCD President Professor Andrew Deeks, UCD Librarian Dr John B. Howard, and historian Professor Diarmaid Ferriter, on Thursday 5th November 2015, in front of the Kevin Barry Memorial window. The launch was attended by the relatives of Kevin Barry, the staff involved in the creation of the digital collections, and distinguished guests.
Introducing the collections, Dr John Howard highlighted the fact that "the artefacts in this collection are the material reminder of the life of a young man, in fact a boy, who gave his life at the age of 18 as part of a patriotic cause. And we selected this week for this launch because it is now...95 years from the date of Kevin Barry's execution".
Professor Andrew Deeks, commented on the appropriateness of the UCD Charles Institute for the launch event, saying "where better to launch such an exciting digitisation project than here at the magnificent window commemorating the life of Kevin Barry, which is a jewel in UCD collection". Continuing, he stated "The names of Ireland's historic past are deeply intertwined with UCD, but perhaps the most poignant name of them all is Kevin Barry, who lost his life at just 18 years of age, but whose short but prolific life and times we celebrate here this evening". Professor Deeks then officially launched the collections.
Concluding the speeches was an illuminating address by eminent historian, Professor Diarmaid Ferriter. Giving context to the events of 1920, he described it as a "bloody awful year". As well as the execution of Kevin Barry, 1920 was the year that saw the burning of Cork; the sack of Balbriggan; the murderous riots in Northern Ireland; the death of Terence MacSwiney; Bloody Sunday; and the Kilmichael Ambush. Exploring the reasons why Kevin Barry's death had such an impact, in the midst of "this mayhem, this destruction, this killing", Professor Ferriter referenced the fact that "Kevin Barry was a mere boy, and that was the description that was used at the time, and is still, of course, used today". Emphasising the fact that "Kevin Barry faced his death with great courage and dignity", Professor Ferriter stressed that "Kevin Barry's killing secured his place in the pantheon of Nationalist heroes".
His closing remarks were particularly important, where he stated that "The challenge for us as historians is to keep a focus on the history, and on the context, and on the layers, and on the nuance and, of course, on the sources, as opposed the being preoccupied with contrivance, and politics, and selectivity, because they are always par for the course of commemoration…You cannot understand the Revolutionary Period in Ireland unless you have some knowledge of the collections that exist in UCD Library and UCD Archives...what we have here tonight is not, of course, voluminous - how could it be? The archive of a mere boy of 18, but that makes it all the more precious. That what we have, we showcase; that what we have, we digitise".
Both collections are now publicly available. A short biography of Kevin Barry, written by Professor Ferriter, can be found here.
UCD Digital Library is delighted to present the Kevin Barry Papers, an evocative historical collection, held in UCD Archives.
A collection of material relating to Kevin Barry, who was executed for his part in the killing of three British soldiers in 1920. The collection contains 56 items, including material associated with his days at Belvedere College, his year as a medical student in UCD, and his brief time in custody at Mountjoy Prison before execution. The majority of the collection is composed of material gathered by Kathy Barry Maloney, Barry's sister, after his death.
The whole collection is a very vivid record of a volatile period in modern Irish history. It captures especially well the violent baptism this country received at independence, and the esteem in which those who had died for 'the cause' were held at the time. Kevin Barry was, by all accounts, an enthusiastic and popular young man, and his life was shattered by involvement in the Republican struggle. The collection captures the pathos of his imprisonment and execution, but also the anarchy and violence in which Ireland of the time was engulfed.
UCD Digital Library is delighted to also present the Papers of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee, an informative archival collection recently bought by UCD Student Crentre, and held in UCD Archives.
This collection comprises the papers and correspondence of the Kevin Barry Memorial Committee. The Committee was formed to raise funds to create a memorial to Kevin Barry (20 January 1902 – 1 November 1920). They commissioned Harry Clarke Stained Glass Limited to create a stained glass window. The window, designed by Richard King, was erected in Earlsfort Terrace and unveiled on 1 November 1934. In 2010, the window was conserved, restored and relocated in the Charles Institute at Belfield, the current campus of University College Dublin.
The collection contains 145 items, including correspondence, committee minutes records, reports, subscriber lists, and the notes on the design of the window.
Our “Going Digital” series of workshops is a new initiative, bringing together those in the Humanities and Social Sciences who wish to learn and experiment with a range of technologies to enhance their research. While the term “Digital Humanities” is often used to describe this field, the technologies can be used in a wide range of disciplines e.g. Business, Health, Agriculture; this workshop series is open to researchers in all disciplines.
To book your place on a workshop, please go to www.ucd.ie/library/workshops
Full details about the workshops can be found in the Going Digital...brochure.
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|22/10/2015||Content Management versus Collections Management – What is the Right Tool to Share Research Data with the Public?|
|05/11/2015||Google Tools for Digital Scholarship|
|17/11/2015||How to Put Your Data on a Map: Geospatial Data Manipulation and Visualisation|
|03/12/2015||Tools for Digital Humanities Scholarly Innovation: TimelineJS, JuxtaposeJS, StoryMapJS, ESRI StoryMaps|
|14/01/2016||Considering and Comparing: Palladio versus Exhibit - Giving Digital Research Data Temporal, Spatial and Relational Dimensions|
|02/02/2016||Display your Historic Map over Modern Data: Georeferencing to Enable Visual Comparisons|
|11/02/2016||Requirements Engineering for Humanities Scholarship|
|25/02/2016||Visualising Environmental Data Using ArcGIS and MapGenie|
|06/04/2016||Making a Map with Google Mapping Products|
|21/04/2016||Security, Hosting and Infrastructure Considerations|
|27/04/2016||Your Digital Research Project: an Open Clinic|
The Digital Library team are finalising and testing the revamped, and now highly sophisticated, metadata environment: IMAD (Ingest, Metadata, and Administration Database); as well as new workflows for the Digital Library.
The process has been a long and arduous one, bringing our Digital Library cataloguing environment up-to-date with all of the new attributes and workflows for MODS 3.4, as well as incorporating our Linked Data URIs. Concurrently, all of our post-cataloguing workflows had to be revised, as we finally step away from 'migration mode' (rescuing the IVRLA collections and bringing them up-to-date for UCD Digital Library) and enter our new 'production mode'.
Here is a screen shot of the new IMAD:
UCD Digital Library is delighted to present the 1916 Rising Postcards, an exciting visual collection from the Constantine Curran collection, held in UCD Library, Special Collections.
The postcards were mainly published in 1916 in the immediate aftermath of the Insurrection. They provide an excellent contemporary pictorial record of the damage to the city; one showing a “before and after” photograph of Sackville (O’Connell) Street. Some are reproductions of “under fire” photos taken by the Daily Sketch photographer and published by Easons. Other series were produced by Hely’s and Coleman’s publishers.
The collection contains 37 distinct postcards (as well as duplicates) collected by Constantine Curran.
UCD Digital Library presented on their digital collections workflow during the inaugural CONUL Conference in July. Órna Roche and Audrey Drohan gave a lightning talk outlining the nine processes in the workflow, along with the skillsets needed, the tools of the trade, and some details about the tasks involved. These include profiling a collection, digitisation and processing, cataloguing, copyright, preservation, ingestion, quality review, publicity, and evaluation.
The slideshow can be found on SlideShare (direct link) and the video can be viewed below (talk starts at 1:24).
UCD Digital Library is delighted to present a stunning and harrowing World War I collection, courtesy of the Dublin Diocesan Archives.
The Fr Francis A. Gleeson Papers contain material relating to Fr Gleeson's time as Military Chaplain between 1914 and 1919. This includes his diaries while serving in France, and Brigade Roll Books, listing soldiers from the Royal Munster Fusiliers and other regiments.
The diaries give an account of the horror of war in all its sufferings and privations, while detailing the extraordinary importance of faith to the Irish men whose lives were daily sacrificed on the front line. They give insight into the terrible conditions suffered by the troops, as well as activities such as destruction of property, the ordinary French people, acts of valour, kindness, death, coffin making, and much more.
Correspondence between Fr. Gleeson and the families of men missing or killed in action show his interest in their plight, and offers help and support. Many of the letters thank him for his kindness and acknowledge the great affection their loved ones had for him.
This is a truly exceptional collection, which illustrates the reality and hardships of World War I, the devastating effect of war, and resilience of the human spirit. This collection was made possible due a unique collaboration with the Dublin Diocesan Archives.
UCD Digital Library is delighted to present a wonderful historical journal collection, courtesy of the National Folklore Collection at University College Dublin.
Pat was an Irish three-penny weekly satirical periodical, published and printed in Dublin by W. P. Swan. It was founded in 1879 by political cartoonist and illustrator John Fergus O'Hea, and writer and editor Edwin Hamilton, with cartoonist Thomas Fitzpatrick later joining the team in 1881. Pat ceased publication in March 1883.
A summary printed in a number of issues describes the content as "artistic, literary, humorous, satirical… Each number contains, printed in several colours, one double page cartoon and one or more full page cartoons, besides numerous uncoloured sketches and minor illustrations. The literary matter, supplied by Irish writers of recognised ability, will treat of current events, not only in Dublin, but in all parts of Ireland". Regular features included a diary of the character Pat, reports on theatre productions in Dublin, descriptions of Dublin streets and areas, and travel notes from around Ireland and London. The illustrations cover many of the major political, social, and cultural issues of the period.
UCD Digital Library is nominated for the Digital Humanities Awards 2014, for Best Use of Digital Humanities For Public Engagement!
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The Dublin Town Planning Competition 1914 collection is the latest new and exciting collection
to be added to the UCD Digital Library. The collection brings together important early 20th century urban planning resources from three different locations (UCD Library, Special Collections; UCD’s Architectural Library at Richview; and the Irish Architectural Archive).
The Competition was held in 1914, and its aim was to "elicit Plans and Reports of a preliminary and suggestive character…which may be of value towards the guidance of the future development of the City in its various directions". Eight entries were submitted in total, each relating to the Greater Dublin area, taking in Howth, Glasnevin, Ashtown, Dundrum and Dalkey, and arranged under the following main headings: communications, housing, and metropolitan improvements. The submission by Patrick Abercrombie, Sydney Kelly and Arthur Kelly was awarded the prize in 1916; however, due to the political and historical events of that era, the winning entry was not officially published until 1922, with the final Civic Report not published until 1925. Out of the eight entries, only three are known to have survived, and these are being made available online for the first time together, as part of this collection.
If anyone has information regarding the whereabouts of the missing five entries, please contact the UCD Digital Library at firstname.lastname@example.org.
While none of the proposals were implemented, this is a rare opportunity to imagine what Dublin could have looked like, had history not intervened.
The annual HEAnet National Conference was held in Cork this year, and included a very popular library stream. Speaking at the event, University Librarian, Dr John B. Howard, gave an insight into the work around developing flexible interfaces in support of the UCD Digital Library, and the many uses of APIs as part of the infrastructure. View the talk (with slides) on the HEAnet conference website here.
UCD Digital Library programmer, Peter Clarke, and Senior Library Assistant - Digital Initiatives, Audrey Drohan, also spoke at the conference, giving a lightning talk (6 minutes!) on the topic of a Digital Library Survival Tool-kit. Those slides are also available online.
The latest release of the UCD Digital Library web interface contains many new and exciting improvements. What follows is a brief update of the main developments. Further information can be found in the documentation in the Services and About sections of this website. We will be adding to the documentation and Help sections over the coming weeks.
The latest items to be added to the UCD Digital Library are nine Thom's maps of the city and environs of Dublin from the maps collection of the School of Geography, Planning and Environmental Policy.
Printed by the Ordnance Survey for the Dublin publisher Alexander Thom from the OS six-inch map sheets 18 and 22, they date from the late 19th century. These individual maps were originally published in Thom's annual Almanac and Official Directory.
UCD Library and GPEP collaborated to identify and digitise selected maps held in GPEP's extensive map collection, Thom's being the first which are now available as digital images.
The Urban Modelling Group (UMG) is based in the UCD School of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering at University College Dublin. Professor Debra F Laefer heads this group and it formed in 2006 to bridge the efforts of the architectural heritage community and those of practising engineers by introducing, adapting, and generating new technologies to help safeguard built urban heritage.
In light of rapid increases in both urbanisation and subsurface construction, architectural heritage faces an unprecedented level of threat from tunnelling, adjacent excavation, blasting, dewatering, and vehicular vibration. To address these threats, Laefer's group of 14 researchers (three postdocs, ten doctoral students, and one master's student) comprise three teams: remote sensing, computational modelling, and technology development (currently focused on 3D printing).
The main thrust of the current work is the EU-funded ERC project RETURN: Rethinking Tunnelling in Urban Neighbourhoods. The goal of that project is to create a completely automated pipeline from aerial laser scanning to city-scale computational modelling.
To date, one project and 3 main datasets have been made available. Others will be published as they become available.
UCD Digital Library now offers a valuable visual history of a key period in Irish history with its most recent addition, the Desmond FitzGerald Photographs.
This digitised collection of 179 photographs from the Desmond FitzGerald Papers covers the:
It is available to view in the UCD Digital Library at http://dx.doi.org/10.7925/drs1.ucdlib_30685
This collection of photographs, mainly from the studio of W.D. Hogan, came to UCD Archives in the papers of Desmond FitzGerald. As Minister for Foreign Affairs, FitzGerald was responsible for the operation of the Free State Publicity Department, directed by Se√°n Lester; and it is safe to assume most of the photographs in this collection originated from the work of the Department.
While there are small groups of photographs relating to the Easter Rising and the War of Independence (the photographs of Sackville Street/O'Connell Street in the immediate aftermath of the Rising are particularly redolent and atmospheric) the majority of the photographs were taken during the Civil War and are a uniquely valuable visual diary of that most unhappy period of modern Irish history.
Read an illustrated feature about this collection by Seamus Helferty of UCD Archives in the latest UCD Library Newsletter.
UCD Library announces support for use of ORCiD identifiers to identify researchers associated with research data published in the UCD Digital Library.
What is ORCID? ORCiD is an international, interdisciplinary, open, and not-for-profit organisation created for the benefit of the research community, including research institutions, funding organisations, publishers, and researchers. ORCiD creates a unique persistent identifier for researchers registered with the service, thereby providing a means of addressing the ambiguity associated with personal names in research publications. Adoption of ORCiD by the research community enhances discovery and reporting processes by supporting systems interoperability.
ORCiD support is implemented in the descriptive information (metadata) associated with research datasets and publications hosted in the UCD Digital Library. In particular, whenever an ORCiD identifier is available, it is embedded in the MODS, Dublin Core and DataCite metadata that underlie all resources in the Digital Library that are assigned a DOI.
An example of how links to ORCiD identifiers are supported in the web interface of the Digital Library can be seen in records of geospatial data submitted by UCD Professor Debra Laefer's Urban Modeling Group at this URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.7925/drs1.ucdlib_30462.
The UCD Digital Library is an institutionally supported, preservation-oriented trusted digital repository that holds a heterogeneous collection of resources from UCD's cultural heritage repositories and an increasing number of data assets captured or produced by UCD research activities. It is accessible at http://digital.ucd.ie.
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UCD Library has joined leading international libraries and data centres in becoming part of the California Digital Library's EZID service community. Membership in this service achieves an essential component of the strategy for development of the UCD Digital Library for compliance with international standards for long-term access to data and to enable data citation.
The EZID service enables assignment of two types of identifiers for persistent access to online data and information: DOIs (Digital Object Identifiers) and ARKs (Archival Resource Keys). DOIs are widely used in scholarly publications as a means of providing a network address that will reliably connect users with publications in the long term; they also therefore enable reliable citation of publications. The DOIs assigned through EZID, however, are intended to facilitate persistent access to and citation of digital data. These DOIs relate to DataCite, a service that has been established to help researchers find, access and reuse data of all kinds. ARKs are widely used in the library, archive and museum communities for identifying and locating digital data; they can be used "behind the scenes" to facilitate management of components of datasets that would not appropriately be cited on their own. Their use can, then, be complementary to the use of DOIs.
"By subscribing to the EZID service, UCD Library becomes a service provider to the UCD community at large for registration of digital content with DataCite and for assignment of DOIs to data of all kinds," explains UCD Librarian John B Howard. "The EZID service provides the flexibility of using both DataCite DOIs and ARKs", he continues, "and allows the assignment of distinct DOI namespaces for the UCD Digital Library and the Irish Social Science Data Archive (ISSDA)."
DOIs will be assigned to all web-accessible data held in the UCD Digital Library. Initial use will be to identify datasets from Professor Debra Laefer‚'s Urban Modeling Group at University College Dublin and a collection of dramatic photographs documenting the aftermath of the 1916 Rising from the Desmond FitzGerald Collection in UCD Archives.
The UCD Digital Library is an institutionally supported, preservation-oriented trusted digital repository that holds a heterogeneous collection of resources from UCD‚'s cultural heritage repositories and an increasing number of data assets captured or produced by UCD research activities. It is accessible at http://digital.ucd.ie.
For more about the California Digital Library's EZID service, see http://n2t.net/ezid. For more about DataCite see http://www.datacite.org. For more about DOIs, see the DOI Handbook, http://www.doi.org/hb.html.
UCD Digital library is pleased to announce the launch of a digitised version of the original manuscript of Thomas Hardy's The Return of the Native.
This novel was originally serialized in Belgravia magazine in twelve installments during 1878 and was published in full in November of that year.
The manuscript was given to the literary editor, Clement King Shorter, by Hardy in recompense for his having arranged for the binding of all of the Hardy's manuscripts. Shorter left the manuscript in his will to the National University of Ireland in memory of his first wife, Dora Sigerson Shorter, daughter of George Sigerson, professor of zoology at University College Dublin.
UCD Library would like to acknowledge the help and encouragement of Professor Tim Dolin, Curtin University, and Professor Simon Gatrell of the University of Georgia. The present project is in some ways the culmination of a process started in 1986 when Professor Gatrell edited the first facsimile edition of the manuscript. The current online reproduction will bring the manuscript to a much wider audience of Hardy scholars, while at the same time helping to preserve the original.
The National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR) has funded the digitisation of a collection of 91 social history pamphlets, and an atlas, from the 19th century.
The pamphlets are part of UCD Library Special Collections, and focus on 19th century Irish social history, particularly the themes of education, health, famine, poverty, business and communications.
We are delighted to announce that UCDscholarcast is now also available through the UCD Digital Library.
UCDscholarcast (www.ucd.ie/scholarcast) is a Digital Humanities project dedicated to the dissemination of academic research in the field of Irish Studies and adjacent disciplines through podcasting. These commissioned podcasts are by leading scholars, writers and artists, and are aimed at a wide academic audience of scholars, graduate students, undergraduates and interested members of the public. Completely open access, the objective is to broaden the impact of academic scholarship.
Each Scholarcast is accompanied by a downloadable PDF transcript to facilitate citation in written academic work.
To date UCDscholarcast has produced academic podcasts in the following subject areas: literature, history, music, archaeology, popular culture, film, media studies, classics. A series on Irish memory studies is being recorded at present and will be available for download in the coming months. UCDscholarcast is directed by Dr P.J. Mathews of the School of English, Drama and Film.
UCDscholarcast will benefit from UCD Library's strategic plan to facilitate and implement the preservation of UCD's cultural heritage digital assets, through the UCD Digital Library.
Selected map files from the Ancient World Mapping Center are now available for download in Shapefile format from the UCD Digital Library. Made availabe by the AWMC under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported (CC BY-NC 3.0) licence, these maps provide layers representing ancient road networks, aqueducts, bodies of water, and coastline geography of the ancient civilized world, generally following the Barrington Atlas. These data can also be accessed via a geospatial data API for integration with UCD research or web mapping applications; please contact Digital.Library@ucd.ie for further information.
Many resources in the UCD Digital Library have a geographic dimension - they capture images from places, provide location-specific information collected by ethnographers, identify where manuscripts were written or books/pamphlets published, or they may even provide maps of Irish places. UCD Library's data curators are geocoding many such references, and providing links to pertinent external sources where additional information is available, such as geonames.org and OpenStreetMap.
The UCD Digital Library has implemented a new mapping framework to better expose this geospatial information to its users.
This framework provides new tools for finding resources by geospatial criteria: it makes use of the geospatial indexing capabilities of its search engine, Solr, and extends search capacity through the integration of a more specialised PostGIS-enabled database, hosted in the cloud by CartoDB.
Links to maps appear in the left "View" menu when geocoded information is displayed; the View menu may also provide links to launch searches for items in proximity to the item you are currently viewing.
This resource provides a starting point for interacting with the new mapping framework: a photo from Dublin Zoo, Phoenix Park.
Maps display the location of individual items and the locations of items in a spatial search result. In many cases, however, maps also provide context through display of pertinent geographic boundaries (counties, towns and cities, and even traditional geopolitical boundaries such as baronies, civil parishes and townlands).
These enhancements improve user experience but also lay the foundation for additional geospatial data and information services planned for the UCD Digital Library, such as the display of georectified historic maps.
We are delighted to announce that The Irish Nursing Journals Collection was officially launched on November 15, 2012 by Dr Martin McNamara (Dean and Head of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Health Systems) and Professor Gerard Fealy, director of the UCD Irish Centre for Nursing and Midwifery History, with an address by the INMO PhD Scholar, Mark Loughrey. The event also marked the naming of two nursing lecture theatres, in homour of Catherine McAuley and Mary Aikenhead.
This project digitised a historic nursing and midwifery journal, from 1925 to 1971, which was originally published by the Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation (INMO) for its members. The INMO have part-funded this project, along with co-funders IRCHSS.
The journal is an amazing insight into the changing professional and social lives of nurses and midwives, over a span of 46 years. Filled with medical and academic articles, literature reviews, education information for student nurses and midwives, and critical union updates, the journal also has a very social aspect. It includes society news, personal anecdotes, photographs of INMO members, and relevant product advertisements.
This collection will appeal, not only to those in the professions of nursing and midwifery, but also to anyone interested in social and women's history, trends in print advertisments, and the customs and folklore of Ireland.
UCD Library is delighted to announce that the PASIG (Preservation and Archiving Special Interest Group) annual conference will be held in Dublin this year, thanks to Dr. John Howard, UCD Librarian.
Topics being covered include: cloud-based services for local preservation needs in storage, computing and services; Strategies & Approaches for Digital Preservation and Archiving; review of storage technology and industry trends (focus on unique needs of digital preservation and archiving); services-oriented architecture work, and use cases etc
This international conference provides a great opportunity to hear about new developments, share practical experiences, and develop new collaborations.
More information about PASIG at http://sun-pasig.ning.com/
For more information about this conference, please contact Ursula Byrne at firstname.lastname@example.org
As well as an improved interface, Research Repository UCD (formerly known as the UCD Institutional Repository) is now integrated with the Research Management System (RMS). When researchers update their publication lists on their RMS user profiles, they can also upload the full text of their publications to showcase UCD research locally, nationally and internationally. More information is available at: Research Repository UCD
IVRLA servers have been decommissioned and all IVRLA content can now be found in the UCD Digital Library. A programme of publicity events for the UCD Digital Library are being planned for the Autumn; details will be announced as they become available.
ISSDA has made the move from UCD Geary Institute to UCD Library. ISSDA is Ireland's leading centre for quantitative data acquisition, preservation, and dissemination, and can be found at http://www.ucd.ie/issda.