Geographers from the University of Limerick and Queen’s University Belfast lead new digital humanities project on the histories of the Ordnance Survey.
A team of geographers, historians, linguists and computer scientists from the University of Limerick (UL) and Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) have been awarded €740,000 from a fund supporting UK-Ireland collaboration in Digital Humanities. The joint award scheme draws together funding from the Irish Research Council and the Arts and Humanities Research Council to fund eleven digital humanities projects across the UK and Ireland. OS200: Digitally Re-Mapping Ireland’s Ordnance Survey Heritage, co-lead by Dr Catherine Porter (UL) and Professor Keith Lilley (QUB), is a collaboration which aims to reinvigorate interest in the Ordnance Survey (OS) by re-connecting and sharing the divided legacies of the OS in Ireland. OS200 will use 21st century technologies to analyse and visualise how Ordnance Survey staff operated on the ground in the 19th century and will create a free online resource revealing hidden and forgotten aspects of life and work from across Britain and Ireland. Partners include the Department for Communities and Public Record Office in Northern, the Royal Irish Academy, the Digital Repository of Ireland, Logainm at Dublin City University, and the Irish Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media.
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