How the Rise of Education Affects Aspects of Society

In recent years, there has been a massive increase in Irish people of all ages enrolling or re-enrolling in third level education in order to better themselves, increase their job prospects and secure more professional work placements. This dramatic increase is mainly due to the crash of the Irish Economic Boom in 2008, in which many found themselves out of work or unable to secure […]

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Crowdsourced Participation – Zooniverse

Crowdsourced Participation – Zooniverse

As part of the Digital Humanities module DH2002, Digital Tools and Methodologies II, we were tasked with taking part in an academic project that was created through crowdsourcing. In order to find projects that were being created through multiple participants, I used the website, Zooniverse, which allows its users to either create a project that they would like help with or participate in a project. […]

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Digital Artefact – Student Hub for BADHIT

Digital Artefact – Student Hub for BADHIT

As part of the DH2001 module, Concepts and Collaborations in Digital Humanities II, we were tasked with creating a digital artefact. My group consisted of 3 of my class mates, Eoghan Long, Luke Crowley, and Andrew Douglas. Originally, when we first started thinking about the project we had the idea of doing an interactive tour of sorts. We eventually branched into the idea of  creating […]

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VHN Conference – An Interview with Ordnance Survey Ireland

Ordnance Survey Ireland (OSI) are the state mapping agency in Ireland and they are responsible for producing all digital and paper representations of the Irish landscape. In learning about Ordnance Survey Ireland and what they do, myself and my classmate, Eoin Long, interviewed Mr. Phil Dunphy who is the executive working in the research and marketing division for Ordnance Survey Ireland. Mr. Dunphy spoke of […]

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Data Visualisation – Its Importance and What It Does For Us

Data Visualisation – Its Importance and What It Does For Us

Data Visualisation is taking data and presenting it in the format of  a picture or a graphic (SAS.com, 2016). This type of visualisation is very important as it allows people such as researchers and decision makers to see analytics presented visually in an easy to consume format such as a graph or chart, so they can grasp difficult concepts or identify new patterns. Data Visualisation […]

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Electronic Literature – Storytelling with a Twist

Electronic Literature – Storytelling with a Twist

Electronic literature is the art of creating a piece of work so that it can be shared on an online platform while reaping the benefits that this platform offers (Electronic Literature Organisation, 2016). Contrary to popular belief, books and other forms of literature that are altered to be shared over the Internet would not be considered Electronic Literature as they were not originally created to […]

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Digitising History

Digitising History

History is a wonderful thing. It is the foundation of our lives on this Earth, the paths we walked and the lessons learned so that we could evolve into the species we are today. However, many of these fantastic tales of days gone by are locked away in museums with only the people lucky enough to be able to visit them being able to truly […]

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Reading in a World Dominated by Technology – Close and Hyper

Reading in a World Dominated by Technology – Close and Hyper

Over the past few decades, the way we read as humans has changed exorbitantly. In a time where people have all the information in the world in the palm of their hands it’s not surprising that the way we read has altered somewhat. With such a large volume of information to take in it cannot be surprising that people often resort to skimming pieces of […]

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Textual Humanities – Visualising Data – The Quran

Textual Humanities – Visualising Data – The Quran

The Quran is the central religious text of Islam and it is widely regarded as the finest piece of literature in the Arabic language (Wikipedia, 2016). With this in mind and due to the bad press this piece of text has been getting lately, I chose to analyse it using the online visualisation tool, Voyant, as I felt it would be interesting to understand what […]

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OpenStreetMap – Open Source’s Answer to Google Maps

OpenStreetMap – Open Source’s Answer to Google Maps

OpenStreetMap is a community driven, open source tool launched in 2004 by its creator, Steve Coast, in a bid to provide users with a free, editable map of the world (Wikipedia, 2016).  Initially the main focus of the site was to map the UK but in 2006 the OpenStreetMap Foundation was set up to to encourage growth and development of this tool worldwide (OpenStreetMap Wiki, 2016). […]

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