Well Day of DH 2014 is here and I’m up early as I have a packed schedule today! As my ‘About Me’ page says, I’m Caroline McGee, I am a PhD researcher in Trinity College Dublin and a council member of the Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland (RSAI). Over the course of the Day of DH I will be blogging on the Irish DH projects that I am working on. They include:
- Gothic Past — I manage this web resource which was launched in 2011 as a result of work carried out on an Irish Research Council-funded project called ‘Reconstructions of the Gothic Past’ in the Department of History of Art and Architecture in Trinity College Dublin. The open access Gothic Past site is a visual archive of Irish medieval architecture and sculpture that was created using the Omeka Deco theme from the Roy Rosenzweig Center for History and New Media — they are also taking part in Day of DH 2014.
A favourite for tourists: The Rock of Cashel on Gothic Past: St Patrick’s Cathedral, Cashel, Co Tipperary, interior – north choir elevation, window rere – arch (detail). More information here
- RSAI — Along with the Society’s Director and other volunteer members and I am involved in preparing the library and collections catalogue for ingestion into a web-based content management system. When fully operational the site will allow visitors to browse information about the diverse collections held by the RSAI — they offer lots of exciting opportunities for new research!
A small section of the RSAI Library (Image courtesy of the Federation of Local History Societies – Conascadh na gCumann Staire Áitiúla)
- My DH projects — Frequently I meet researchers who want to manage the collections of images they have amassed as part of their work and share them with others. I am creating a brand new Omeka-powered site that will act as a repository for the visual sources I use in my doctoral research. This new site — Building Catholic Ireland — will make the images I have taken of nineteenth-century church architecture and furnishings in Ireland available to a wider audience — for research or personal study —using a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
I will be tweeting via @carolinemcgee using the hashtags #dayofdh, #dhie and #ddh …believe it or not, I also plan on doing some thesis chapter writing. As my fellow-researcher Karolina Badzmierowska says – we’ll just be having ‘a (regular) Day of DH’!
Oh, and by the way…if you are wondering why I named this Day of DH 2014 site ‘One Fine Day of DH’, well it’s simply because I love American singer-songwriter Natalie Merchant‘s version of the song ‘One Fine Day’ (and not because I sometimes feel like the character Melanie Parker in the movie of the same name who spends her day running around trying to meet work and personal targets!)
‘One Fine Day’ was written by that great creative partnership of Gerry Goffin and Carole King and was a hit in 1963 for all-girl group The Chiffons. Download it from iTunes (99c) or listen to it on Spotify and have a great start to your Day of DH 2014!