Digital Publishing Brownbag Series – Tim Robinson Archive

On Tuesday 1 November, NUI Galway Library will host the first in a series of lunchtime events.

Our first event will focus on the Archive of Fear na Mapaí, Tim Robinson, which resides here at NUI Galway. This archive documents four decades of Robinson’s pioneering work in Irish landscape, which began in 1972 when he visited the Aran Islands with his wife Máiréad. His 1975 one-inch map of the Aran Islands was the first substantial map of the area to be created since the 6 inch Ordnance Survey map a century before, and its composition brought up several complexities that exist in this unique landscape, from place-names, to the geological, archaeological, and botanical features that are all inherent in the landscape. Beyond the publication of the map, he explored these subjects in a deep-mapping project of Aran, that led to the publication of two books, ‘Stones of Aran: Pilgrimage’ in 1986, and later ‘Stones of Aran: Labyrinth’ in 1995. His work brought him to map and consider the Burren and Connemara landscapes with equal emphasis, and in 1987, Tim and Máiréad won the Ford Ireland Conservation Award. They proceeded in the competition as Ireland’s official entry, and won the European Award in Madrid.

One particularly special element of Robinson’s archive is a meticulously accumulated index of the townlands of Connemara and the Aran Islands, which has inspired the Library’s first steps to a Digital Mapping project, focusing on Robinson’s archive, but with applications to future projects. This will be the focus of our inaugural Brownbag Pitch. As the name suggests, lunch will be provided, and we will take you through the story of the archive, the digital project, and plans for the future, before opening up the floor to some discussion about what parts of the project you consider useful, not useful, and if you think this has applications to your own research.

Venue: Room G011, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway
Date and Time: 12:00-14:00, Tuesday, 1 November 2016

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Launch of Digital Archive Relating to Northern Ireland Peace Process – Brendan Duddy: Peacemaker

The Brendan Duddy Archive

This new online resource contains digitised items from the archive of Brendan Duddy, the Derry businessman who maintained and operated a secret channel of communication between the British government and the IRA Army Council for twenty years. Duddy was a key figure in the 1975 ceasefire negotiations, the 1981 Republican Hunger Strikes, and ceasefire talks between 1990 and 1994 and was the subject of Peter Taylor’s BBC documentary ‘The Secret Peacemaker’.

The digital archive makes available documents such as secret communications concerning the 1975 ceasefire; ‘the Red Book’, being Brendan’s diary of transcribed phone negotiations to help bring a resolution to the 1981 Hunger Strikes and also documents relating to critical moments from the Peace Process of the early 1990s.

Venue: Tuesday, 25 October, 2016, Room G010, Hardiman Research Building, NUI Galway.

The HardiBlog: Celebrate Open Access Week!

Along with libraries around the world, the James Hardiman Library at NUI Galway will be celebrating International Open Access Week the final week of October, from the 24th – 30th. The theme for the event this year ‘Open in Action’, which puts a spotlight on the concrete steps that are and can be taken to open up research and scholarship, while encouraging others to do the same.There are a number of ways for you to take your own steps towards opening up research and scholarship at the Library during Open Access Week. You can sign up, for example, for two key events that we’ll be holding on the theme of Open Access.

Source: The HardiBlog: Celebrate Open Access Week!

Your only man.

mylesLest we forget: today marks the 50th anniversary of the death of Brian Ó Nualláin, a/k/a Flann O’Brien, author of The Third Policeman, At Swim-Two-Birds, The Dalkey Archive and a host of other richly surreal writings.  Under still another nom de plume, Myles na gCopaleen, he penned the Cruiskeen Lawn column for the Irish Times: a polymorphously polyglottal compendium of cute observations, cross-linguistic puns, and what he himself would have called “backchat and funny cracks“.

Galway fans of the man’s work can head along to Flann Fest this evening, or even come along to the JHL where we have plenty of Myles-related material, including the original script of his play The Dead Spit of Kelly.

No doubt we’ll all be marvelling over his entirely unique corpus of work in another 50 years.  Until then, let’s rise a pint of plain in his memory…