Monthly Archives: November 2016

Open Street Map

Open Street Maps

Open Street Map Ireland provides a voice for Open Street Map project on the island of Ireland. There are people contributing all the time, from all walks of life since it was started in 2004. People have contibuted nearly 12 million points of geodata to the current map.  It is an open source initiative.  The map is constantly being updated by people all over the country.

This is somthing that I could maybe do with my project when it is finshed.  They are always looking for up todate information and I could maybe attach my contribution to mapping rural Aglish!  This is an initiative that local communities could get involved in and could really spark an interest in peoples’ local areas.



Digital Artefact – Titanic


My Digital Artefact is an interactive website on the experience of the titanic.  I chose this particular website because I found it easy to navigate around and was very straight forward. I was surprised how many site there were to choose from – the more obvious one would of been the Titanic experience in Belfast but there was a lot going on in that website and I found that off putting.

This site is french made so has options of different languages.  I really liked the navigation, you can move around on deck, and then at points on the floor, you can click them and see where they correspond on the actual map of the ship.  At any time you can switch between being on deck and the ships layout map, to get your barings.

I loved the background music and found it quite eery.  The sound of waves could be constantly heard as you moved around the ship.  But it did play with your senses, including your bladder after a while !  The ship maps were easy to follow and understand and gave you a good sense of being on the ship and what could be seen.

The biggest fault of this website was that some of the features could only be opened on an IOS operating system.  So that left you limited if you were using android.  But in all I enjoyed this site it gave you lovely blueprints of the ship.  It gave you all the information you needed without all the  heartache of its sad demise.  Overall a good site that does what it says.



Digital Tools

DH 6012 – Collaborative WordPress Website

116105679 – Alison de Paor

Local Aglish Heritage




DH 6012  Editing skills – Screen shots

Alison de Paor – Student Number: 116105679

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Example of HTML – My Thesis


Example of XML – George Orwell’s : Animal Farm






DH 6014  Digital skills – Screen shots

Alison de Paor – Student Number: 116105679

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Example of HTML – My Thesis


Example of XML – George Orwell’s : Animal Farm



Example of Omeka – Heritage Collection

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DH6014   Digital Skills – Reflection on Digital Tools

Alison de Paor – Student Number :116105679

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I have been introduced to several digital tools over the last twelve weeks and to say it has been an eye opener is putting it mildly!  There seems to be a software package to help make up various sections of any document or project or thesis.  It is something that is new to me and I have really enjoyed stepping inside this whole new world.  Some tools I have experimented with more than others but as I progress through my thesis adventure I’m hoping to become familiar with most of them, here’s to being optimistic and curious!  This is a little run down of some of the tools I have been getting aquainted with.



HTML is Hypertext Markup Language and this is the information held in a web page.  Every webpage is made with HTML it holds the page together and contains the information, the graphics and content.  It basically specifies how your page will look and what it does.

I found this to be a different language when I was first introduced to HTML.  But I could see straight away the benefit of being able to speak that language.  Although I probably will never be fluent a bit of ‘pigeon’ HTML would be great!  You can rearrange how your page looks with a few swift changes in the markup language, it would save you a lot of time and effort when presenting a webpage or thesis.  It is a piece of the internet and web puzzle that is an invaluable tool.  And I will endeavour to learn as much as I can while the opportunity presents itself.



XML eXtensible Markup Language is a way of organising and classifying data.  It uses tags to label, catagorise and organise information in a specific way. It is flexible in that you can create your own mark up to suit your data.  It has become very popular as you can exchange data in many different forms and over the internet.  You can send information to different locations and change how it looks on each device.  XML separates the data from the content, it only defines the structure of the document not how to display it.  You can add ‘styles’ for displaying the content and they can be changed without changing the XML document.

I found this a bit easier to understand but maybe that was because I had a baptisim with the HTML! I found it led onto the XML nicely and I could see the usage of it compared to HTML and how it varied and could compliment it.  The idea was to catalogue or organise books or a menu and I found it really helped by visualising the order you wanted to see it appear in.  That generally helped when entering the information.  Its flexible and can help to style your document and make it easier to view depending on what kind of device you are using or how you want it displayed.



Omeka is open source software that is used for collecting material to make a catalogue or collection.  People have used this software to collect materials related to historical events and on going ones.  It originated out of the Roy Rozenweig Center to collect and preserve pictures, images, stories etc.  Now anyone can build their own catalogue of information and preserve it for posterity.

I have played around a bit with Omeka and found it useful and think it would be good for my thesis when building my catalogue of historical and cultural sites around Aglish.  I watched a few utube videos when I got stuck and found that once you remember the sequence when entering the data, and importantly hitting the save button, – it went quite smoothly, although I still haven’t managed to rotate one image!  But I look forward to using this a bit more and it could come in very useful in my thesis.



Scalar is a new form of scholarly publishing and its promoted as a cost effective way for media rich digital publications.  It is another open source resource and a platform to produce scholarly publications and multi media content.  It is a ‘technological platform’ which tries to ‘close the gap between carefully created digital visual archives and scholarly publication’. Scalar aims to support scholarly communication and multimodal publications.  It is mentioned as a more organic way to work with archival material.

I again have looked at this software and I think I was slightly biased towards the Omeka.  This is only because I was introduced to it first and therefore would have naturally inclined towards Omeka when experimenting with my thesis in mind.



Neatline, the tag line reads ‘plot your course in space and time’.  This is a ‘geotemporal exhibit builder’ this sounds exactly like something I could use for my project as it links a collection with a mapping capability.  It is described as much more than google maps it is more interpretive as you can create narratives and includes representations of places, events and documents.

Neatline is a plug-in of the open source Omeka framework.  It sounds like it could kill a few birds with one stone and create a perfect story to the backdrop of our community’s local history.  I will be experimenting with this to see if it could enhance my project and make it more interactive and explanatory for school children age groups.  Again It would be interesting to back up the map with a narrative and be more than just a few pin drops on a map. I want the children to be able to engage and experiment with the map of their area so some explanation might be involved as it might not be quite age specific.



Susan Screibman post is in the ARTICLES section

Susan Schreibman – Digital Scholarly Editing











Susan Schreibman – Digital Scholarly Editing

Core text

Screibman has documented the growth of Digital Scholarly Editing and its seems although it has been progressing for the last twenty years it still has some way to  go.  I get the impression from Screibman’s article, people were quite sceptical and editors of the day had to shift their goal posts to accomodate the new technology.

Mckenzie, when defining text, also mentions that its not only ‘how the form of the text affects meaning’ but the ‘process of transmission’.  McKenzie was ahead of his time as he was lecturing about this subject seven years before the internet arrived.  People had to look to the future and people had to up their game to produce scholarly editions in a new and obtainable open sourced way.

Print editions and digital editions had many similarities and ‘shared goals’.  Editors had to shift the criteria of their codes – linguistic and bibliographic – and apply it to create digital editions. They wondered if the likes of HTML could be creative enough to take them to the next stage of scholarly digital editions.  They had to work out how best to ‘encode structural divisions of text’.

They used an encoded language like TEI and the advantages were they coud take the  text beyond and include objects, images and audio.  They made it multimedia and mutidisciplinary and the benefits were extensive. By 2000 TRC was in use and it meant there was a bigger sharing of information and there was no end to the digital edition.  It doesn’t finsh and have a final chapter like a print book would.

The progression had lead to the open source operations and belief systems of today without which there would be so much knowledge hidden, The OCHO (ordered hierachy of content objects) was instrumental in the development of TEI and it has grown and progressed from there, so where is it going to go next and will there ever be a final chapter …

Open Source Resources

A post about Open Source Materials:

In these hard times it is increasing hard to be a student and be able to afford the materials needed to fulfill the scholarly brief.  It is extremely expensive because no one has the resources to fund the price of scholarly text books…not even the libraries.

So it is with great relief that we have more and more open source resources available online.

Open data


Open access

Creative commons





American historical association

To name but a few.