Freely-available Digital Resources & Tools for Local History

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Date(s) - Tuesday, May 24, 2016
All Day

Institute of Public Administration

Facilitators Bríd McGrath & Julia Barrett

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Freely-available Digital Resources & Tools for Local History



Libraries have always collected resources for local history; however, an increasing number and range of exciting resources for local studies are now available online.  While this exciting use of technology has opened up un-dreamt-of resources to libraries and their users, it can be difficult to source and evaluate relevant material from the plethora now available.  This course identifies key resources for local history and explains how they may be used.  It also considers how libraries can make their resources available digitally to all users.



09.30 Welcome and introductions

09.45 Digitally available resources and tools (Julia): – Place- Maps, valuations, townland databases, gazetteers, placenames – E-Books, texts, Journals, Newspapers

10.45 Tea/coffee

11.00 Databases (Bríd) – Irish History Online, Sources, Buildings of Ireland, PADDI, Archaeological databases, DIPPAM

12.00 Other resources (Julia) – Statistical (including Census), Folklore / oral (inc. Irish Language) – Images and video, Genealogy, Music

12.45 Lunch

13.30 Niche resources and tools (Bríd) – palaeography & other tools

14.00 Using technologies to communicate your collections; examples from the Decade of Anniversaries (Julia) – chronologies / timelines, narrative tools, georeferencing, – other platforms (e.g. Omeka)

14.45 Tea/coffee

15.00 Crowdsourcing (Bríd)

15.30 Making Your Local History Resources Digitally Available (Bríd)

16.00 Questions and answers; evaluation



Bookings are closed for this event.

Terms & Conditions

Full refund for cancellations received two working days or more prior to course commencement. Cancellations received within two working days of the course commencement will not be refunded.