Yearly Archives: 2015

Copyright Issues for Community Digital Archives

I was delighted to be asked to write a guest blog for the UCC Faculty of Law’s Blog on Copyright Issues for Community Digital Archives.  Check it out here.

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Digitally Challenged Digital Humanist

Lost in Digital WorldI am a Digitally Challenged Digital Humanist.

My Digital Humanities project, creating a Cork LGBT Digital Archive, is a truly multi-disciplinary, inter-disciplinary and cross-disciplinary project – it requires me to understand and engage with a number of different fields and disciplines, including History, Social History, LGBT History, Archives, Community Archives, Digital Archives, as well as understanding the how of doing it digitally.  Not a challenging task at all!!!!

A lot of the time it seems as if I am floundering in a land I don’t know, where Ciismaniyapeople speak a language I do not understand.  The Humanities side is fine, I speak that language, but I’m new to the Digital.

And yet I keep trying, sometimes failing, sometimes succeeding, but always learning through the process.  As Samuel Beckett said: ‘Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter.  Try again.  Fail again.  Fail better.’

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Accelerate LGBT

Looking forward to the Accelerate LGBT event in Dublin on 17 September.

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Single-parenting through a PhD

My guest blog on The Thesis Whispere

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Parenting through a PhD can be tough, but what about single-parenting through a PhD? Degree of difficulty = high! If you are in this situation is a PhD doable? You bet it is – but it’s likely your university could do more to help. Orla Egan tells us more.

Orla just submitted her thesis for the MA in Digital Arts and Humanities in University College Cork and has finished the first year of her PhD programme in DAH.  She works on the the development of a Cork LGBT Digital Archive and lives with her 8 year old son, Jacob, in Cork city. Orla blogs on her PhD and life at OrlaEgan.

Orla Egan and Jacob Egan-Morley submitting MA to UCC September 2014 Orla Egan and Jacob Egan-Morley submitting MA to UCC September 2014

Its 8.30 in the morning and I’m just back from the school run. I have five and a half hours before I pick up my son. How…

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Cheers and Tears: Ireland Votes YES YES YES

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Written by Orla Egan

I am still reeling from the emotional rollercoaster of the weekend as my country finally voted to respect me, my son, my family, my friends and my community.

This weekend Ireland became the first country to legalise same-sex marriage through popular vote.  And by a resoundingly popular vote – 62.1% overall, with only one constituency (Roscommon-South Leitrim) voting No.  The highest YES vote was in Dublin South East with 74.9%.  In the 5 Cork constituencies the YES vote ranged from 56% (Cork South West) to 65.8% (Cork South Central). 2015-05-23 14.47.23-1

It has been a long and hard journey to get here.  This weekend’s vote is the result of decades of LGBT community activism all over Ireland.  Since at least the 1970s Irish LGBT people have supported one another to build community and have pride in who we are, despite the consistent messages from the church, the laws, the media and society telling us that we were sick, evil, lesser and unworthy.  We set up LGBT organisations, centres and services.  But we also created community – we created the positive spaces where LGBT people could be together, to love, to party, to affirm each other – to counterbalance all the negativity.  We gave each other the strength to come out in ever increasing 2015-05-23 14.41.22numbers.  And that’s what made the difference.  People respond to the personal.  Its easy to vilify a concept – a gay man, a lesbian family etc. – its harder to hate the person standing in front of you: your son, your daughter, your mother, your uncle, your neighbour, your colleague.  Its the stories of real people’s lives that have convinced so many people to vote YES.

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Queer connectivity

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I have just returned from a visit to New York to meet with a number of LGBT Digital Archive projects.  Building these connections and opportunities for the sharing of ideas, experiences and practical skills is crucial for me as I work on developing a Cork LGBT Digital Archive.  The opportunity to be in a room with others who share my obsession with the importance of preserving and sharing the rich history of LGBT communities, and with using digital tools to do so, is a crucial but rare experience for me.

Anthony Cocciolo

Anthony Cocciolo

I met with Anthony Cocciolo, Associate Professor at the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science in New York.   Since 2008 Anthony Cocciolo has been working with his students on digitising some of the audio and video collection from the Lesbian Herstory Archive in Brooklyn.

Anthony teaches a module called Projects in Moving Image and Sound Archiving.  As part of this course the students work with Anthony on digitising various collections from the Lesbian Herstory Archive.  They began with series of interviews Joan Nestle conducted over a number of years with Mabel Hampton (1902-1989). Mabel was an African American Lesbian who was closely connected with the Lesbian Herstory Archive.  They have since digitised the archive’s collection of Audre Lorde’s public speeches, readings, and panel presentations, a series of videos in relation to the Daughters of Bilitis group and the interviews from Boots of Leather, Slippers of Gold (study of the lesbian bar culture in Buffalo). Continue reading

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