Catriona Crowe


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Oct 23-25, 2012, Ireland.

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Catriona Crowe

  1. 1. National Archives of Ireland Digital partnerships 23 October 2012
  2. 2. Irish Census Online Partnership with Library and Archives Canada Proven expertise in digitisation of census records Share our ethos in relation to preservation and access to records Contributed material about the Irish in Canada to the site Kept finding ways to add value to the site within the existing budget
  3. 3. Irish Census Online Project characterised by partnership in terms of content: Association of Genealogists of Ireland National Library of Ireland Royal Society of Antiquaries of Ireland Several small archives Several county museums
  4. 4. Irish Census Online Partnership with CMOD extremely important Now in partnership with Failte Ireland and Tourism Ireland to use site to attract roots tourism both within and into Ireland Partnerships with various scholarly bodies, including Queen’s University and The North Atlantic Population Project Have placed entire 1911 census on Europeana, the EU digital cultural portal About to share census data with Imperial War Museum for “Lives of the First World War”
  5. 5. Irish Census Online Synergies between different state agencies important and fruitful Value for money enhanced by multiple partnerships Joined-up thinking in terms of the many uses such a site can serve: genealogical, cultural, educational, tourism-related National narrative improved by accelerated learning about personal, local and national history
  6. 6. Bureau of Military History Partnership between National Archives and Military Archives Online since August 2012 Oral history of nationalist activities 1913 – 21. 35,000 pages of fully searchable text. 600 photographs; 12 voice recordings. Ancillary contextual material.
  7. 7. Documents on Irish Foreign Policy NAI partners in Documents on Irish Foreign Policy, which has so far published seven volumes of documents relating to Irish foreign policy during the years 1919–1945, the vast majority of them held in the National Archives. The project, a partnership between the Royal Irish Academy, the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and the National Archives, operates from the National Archives. Has a significant online presence at Volume V111, 1945 – 48, to be published November 2012.
  8. 8.  Frank RYAN was captured with his battalion on the road between Alcaniz and Gandesa on the day on which Gandesa was occupied by Francos forces, either Friday 1st or Saturday 2nd April. Ryan is a Captain in the Major Attlee Battalion of the 15th International Brigade and Carney believes that he is actually Commander of that Battalion. He was captured with about 350 others of British, American and other nationalities, having been taken by surprise by Italian troops. Carney says that if these men had been captured by other than Italian troops they would have been shot out of hand; he says that the Italians are anxious to avoid reprisals on Italian prisoners in the hands of their enemies and saw to it that these men were loaded up in lorries for removal to Zaragoza. He states that other guarantees, without specifying the nature of these, were taken by the Italians for the safety of their prisoners. It is apparently quite a normal thing for prisoners to be put to death on the roadside by their captors whilst being escorted from the front to the rear. Carney says that the Tercio (Foreign Legion) and the International Brigade are particularly ferocious towards each other and that it is definitely established practice not to take any prisoners alive when these forces meet in battle.
  9. 9. Genealogical partnerships Three partners: National Archives, LDS, Brightsolid. Mixture of free to access and short-term commercial expolitation, followed by free to access. Follows international best practice, eg NARA. Using genealogical digitisation as a strategy to make archives available for scholarly use. Importance of browse facility.
  10. 10. THE ISSUES National Cultural Institutions have vast amounts of content, but increasingly diminishing resources for digitisation. Government badly needs to establish and adopt a national cultural digitisation policy; DRI will be key to this. Joined-up thinking needed: Minister Sherlocks remarks re open access in contrast to the trend in D/AHG to move towards commerciallisation.
  11. 11. THE ISSUESReasons for free access to Irish cultural heritage online. Need for partnerships between the state and its cultural institutions, the academic sector, and industry. DRI a key driver of awareness, policy and infrastructure for our digital heritage. Have achieved a great deal in a short time.