e-Research Resources for Ireland: Opportunities and Challenges Paul S Ell Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis Queen’...
Summary <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on DLCMI  –  what, why, how,  and then … </li></ul><ul><li>Other key ...
CDDA background and objectives <ul><li>Research unit based at Queen’s University Belfast with 20 staff, bespoke accommodat...
Digital Library of Core Materials on Ireland exemplar <ul><li>£620,000 grant from JISC to digitise journals, monographs an...
Project Partners <ul><li>Driven by the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at Queen’s University Belfast with long t...
Project Imperatives <ul><li>Access to rare resources without visiting Belfast </li></ul><ul><li>Resource discovery  –  use...
Content Selection <ul><li>Consultation patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Site usage statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Academic recomme...
Technical challenges <ul><li>Sheer amount of material to be digitised in two years  –  Initially set at 470,000 pages to b...
Why the DLCMI project works <ul><li>Diaspora of Irish Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Content chosen by academics for academics ...
And experience <ul><li>CDDA people (+20), hardware and software. QUB investment of £300,000 in buildings and equipment out...
Ongoing development <ul><li>Adding additional materials within the JSTOR collaboration - manuscripts and monographs now, e...
Other e-resources we have and have made available <ul><li>Act of Union Virtual Library:  www.actofunion.ie  £250,000 from ...
Act of Union Virtual Library <ul><li>60,000 digital objects 1798 - 1803 </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary Papers </li></ul><...
 
British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland <ul><li>Led by the University of Southampton </li></ul><ul><li>Image scans of key ...
 
Stormont debates <ul><li>£303,330 Arts and Humanities Research Board Resource Enhancement Grant </li></ul><ul><li>90,000 p...
 
 
The Database of Irish Historical Statistics - Project Aims <ul><li>To construct a relational database for the period 1821 ...
Historiographical imperatives <ul><li>Restricted availability of published census returns </li></ul><ul><li>Technological ...
The Database of Irish Historical Statistics <ul><li>32,934,018 data values from 1821 to 1971, and then linked to contempor...
 
 
Challenges for the future <ul><li>Interlinking QUB e-resources and then using the Data Grid to associate disparate Irish S...
And in a Northern Ireland context <ul><li>Vagaries of DENI funding within a devolved government: subscription to JISC prog...
Integrating e-resources by place and chronology: Irish Studies Research Resources: statistics, maps, photographs, text, ma...
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  1. 1. e-Research Resources for Ireland: Opportunities and Challenges Paul S Ell Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis Queen’s University Belfast p [email_address]
  2. 2. Summary <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on DLCMI – what, why, how, and then … </li></ul><ul><li>Other key strategic datasets developed by CDDA </li></ul><ul><li>Challenges from a Northern Ireland perspective </li></ul><ul><li>Future developments </li></ul>
  3. 3. CDDA background and objectives <ul><li>Research unit based at Queen’s University Belfast with 20 staff, bespoke accommodation, and specialised data capture hardware and software </li></ul><ul><li>Fully grant-funded with an income of around £7,000,000 over the last 7 years </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to develop strategic humanities e-resources </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to use these resources in its own research and publish scholarly books and journal articles </li></ul><ul><li>Aims to develop methodologies that assist in the management and interrogation of the source materials to produce new perspectives and scholarship </li></ul>
  4. 4. Digital Library of Core Materials on Ireland exemplar <ul><li>£620,000 grant from JISC to digitise journals, monographs and manuscripts relating to Irish Studies and create the foundations of a digital library resource </li></ul><ul><li>Initial archive of around 470,000 pages </li></ul><ul><li>100 journals covering 200 year period and about 400,000 pages </li></ul><ul><li>2,500 pages of manuscript </li></ul><ul><li>205 key monographs </li></ul><ul><li>Machine-readable text for all journals and monographs and some manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>Detailed ‘object’ level metadata </li></ul>
  5. 5. Project Partners <ul><li>Driven by the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis at Queen’s University Belfast with long track record of key e-resource development </li></ul><ul><li>Analogue Content Partners – Queen’s University Library, Linen Hall Library, Robinson Library, journal publishers, Royal Irish Academy </li></ul><ul><li>e-Content Partners – AHDS (Centre for e-Research), CDDA, University College Dublin, Digital Humanities Observatory </li></ul><ul><li>Dissemination Partners – JSTOR, QUB Library </li></ul><ul><li>Preservation Partners – AHDS, JSTOR </li></ul>
  6. 6. Project Imperatives <ul><li>Access to rare resources without visiting Belfast </li></ul><ul><li>Resource discovery – use of less common journals </li></ul><ul><li>New, complex searching using detailed metadata and semantic searching </li></ul><ul><li>Serendipity </li></ul><ul><li>A one stop shop for journals – and more </li></ul><ul><li>Enhanced research developing from better access </li></ul>Insert image
  7. 7. Content Selection <ul><li>Consultation patterns </li></ul><ul><li>Site usage statistics </li></ul><ul><li>Academic recommendation </li></ul><ul><li>International Advisory Panel </li></ul><ul><li>Journals prepared to sign licence (or out of copyright) </li></ul>
  8. 8. Technical challenges <ul><li>Sheer amount of material to be digitised in two years – Initially set at 470,000 pages to be digitised, now 670,000 (and in fact 830,000 pages of journals now on desirable list) </li></ul><ul><li>Very highest image quality required following JSTOR-set standards - post-printing annotations removed, optimal scanner settings required </li></ul><ul><li>Use of historical journals which JSTOR has almost no experience with </li></ul><ul><li>Very detailed metadata requirements: not just journal level, issue level, but article level including editorials, book reviews, notices and announcements </li></ul><ul><li>Reference Linking implemented </li></ul>
  9. 9. Why the DLCMI project works <ul><li>Diaspora of Irish Studies </li></ul><ul><li>Content chosen by academics for academics </li></ul><ul><li>Provides basic research materials - humanities scholars not required to change the way they work - a model suggested by the British Academy </li></ul><ul><li>Critical mass: Significant body of material which will continue to be augmented – it won’t be a dead archive with new journal issues added, and new journal titles </li></ul><ul><li>A fully working technical solution in place with CDDA and JSTOR </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainable business model with JSTOR with subscriptions outside Britain and Ireland and free access within </li></ul>
  10. 10. And experience <ul><li>CDDA people (+20), hardware and software. QUB investment of £300,000 in buildings and equipment outside the project. Capacity built </li></ul><ul><li>Outstanding analogue content partners – 600 Irish Studies journal titles held by QUB Library augmented by holdings of other libraries. No better collection anywhere </li></ul><ul><li>Robust dissemination partnership completely sustainable building on JSTOR experience and established infrastructure </li></ul><ul><li>Use of AHDS archiving experience – now group of Expert centres of which CDDA is a part </li></ul>
  11. 11. Ongoing development <ul><li>Adding additional materials within the JSTOR collaboration - manuscripts and monographs now, e-publications, datasets, images, video in the future? </li></ul><ul><li>Complex searching of the archive - the semantic web. Search by place, person and subject in context with UC Berkeley thanks to an NEH grant </li></ul><ul><li>Requirement of funding to demonstrate a step-change in Irish Studies research. As a result QUB will work with leading US institutions including UC Berkeley, IUPUI, Notre Dame, with RIA, and others </li></ul>
  12. 12. Other e-resources we have and have made available <ul><li>Act of Union Virtual Library: www.actofunion.ie £250,000 from NOF-Digitisation </li></ul><ul><li>Historical Hansard: www.stormontpapers.ahds.ac.uk £303,000 from AHRC </li></ul><ul><li>GIS e-Science: £20,000, spatial searching </li></ul><ul><li>US Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS): $400,000 with UC Berkeley for context sensitive searching </li></ul><ul><li>Database of Irish Historical Statistics: £250,000 </li></ul><ul><li>British and Irish Historical Census Project: www.histpop.org.uk , £900,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary Papers referring to Ireland with BOPCRIS: www.bopcris.ac.uk £300,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Hart Diaries Project: £25,000 ongoing </li></ul><ul><li>RASCAL, PADDI </li></ul><ul><li>Basic Historical Geographical Information System for Ireland thanks to a £130,000 AHRC award in October 2007. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Act of Union Virtual Library <ul><li>60,000 digital objects 1798 - 1803 </li></ul><ul><li>Parliamentary Papers </li></ul><ul><li>Pamphlets </li></ul><ul><li>Newspapers </li></ul><ul><li>Manuscripts </li></ul><ul><li>In-house solutions to cut costs </li></ul><ul><li>www.actofunion.ac.uk </li></ul>
  14. 15. British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland <ul><li>Led by the University of Southampton </li></ul><ul><li>Image scans of key papers linked to the BOPCRIS database </li></ul><ul><li>CDDA has digitising 10,000 pages of numeric data </li></ul><ul><li>www.bopcris.ac.uk </li></ul>
  15. 17. Stormont debates <ul><li>£303,330 Arts and Humanities Research Board Resource Enhancement Grant </li></ul><ul><li>90,000 pages of ‘Hansard’ from the House of Commons and the Senate from 1921 to 1973 </li></ul><ul><li>Full text and page image searchable by MP, place, date, subject and free text </li></ul><ul><li>Will link to texts of contemporary debate www.oireachtas-debates.gov.ie and www.niassemby.gov.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Official launch November 2006 </li></ul>
  16. 20. The Database of Irish Historical Statistics - Project Aims <ul><li>To construct a relational database for the period 1821 - 1971 </li></ul><ul><li>To facilitate regional, national and comparative research on Ireland </li></ul><ul><li>To act as an information clearing centre </li></ul>
  17. 21. Historiographical imperatives <ul><li>Restricted availability of published census returns </li></ul><ul><li>Technological advances make possible large scale database projects </li></ul><ul><li>Opportunity to further the quantitative study of Irish history </li></ul>
  18. 22. The Database of Irish Historical Statistics <ul><li>32,934,018 data values from 1821 to 1971, and then linked to contemporary digital sources </li></ul><ul><li>Mostly census data but also annual agricultural statistics, civil registration information, crime statistics . . . </li></ul><ul><li>Topics include population statistics, crop and stock data, language, literacy, religion, occupations, employment, housing, emigration, industry and industrial structure, trade and commerce, wages, pauperism etc </li></ul><ul><li>www.qub.ac.uk/cdda/iredb/dbhme.htm </li></ul>
  19. 25. Challenges for the future <ul><li>Interlinking QUB e-resources and then using the Data Grid to associate disparate Irish Studies resources - early exemplars ECAI and Vision of Britain </li></ul><ul><li>The need to demonstrate advancement of an Irish Studies research agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Challenge of managing the ‘data deluge’ and the implications it has for metadata and contextual searching </li></ul><ul><li>Sustainability – How do we maintain what we have and build on it </li></ul>
  20. 26. And in a Northern Ireland context <ul><li>Vagaries of DENI funding within a devolved government: subscription to JISC programmes, viring of budgets </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of cohesive data management structure in Northern Ireland. In terms of educational resources work conducted by QUB, NISRA, NMNI, Education and Library Boards, PRONI </li></ul><ul><li>Lack of all-Ireland data archive worsened by withdrawal of funding from AHDS and challenged by significant investment in academic e-resources in the Republic </li></ul><ul><li>Reinvention and revisiting of basic issues relating to e-resource development </li></ul>
  21. 27. Integrating e-resources by place and chronology: Irish Studies Research Resources: statistics, maps, photographs, text, manuscripts, existing e-resources, websites, museum objects . . .

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