Research

An Foras Feasa participates in a wide variety of national and international projects. It works at the intersections of  interdisciplinary boundaries, acting as a conduit between traditional disciplinary practice and new methods and technologies. Below is a list of some of AFF’s current and past research projects:

Letters of 1916 is the first public humanities project in Ireland. It is creating a crowd-sourced digital collection of letters written around the time of the Easter Rising (1 November 1915 – 31 October 1916). It is creating a new wholly new resource about this pivotal time in Irish history.

Easter 1916: Contested Memories is funded by the Mellon Foundation and is part of the international Humanities Virtual World Consortium. The project employs cutting-edge spatial and temporal methods to intervene in present-day debates about the Rising. It focuses on The Battle of Mount Street Bridge, a pivotal military engagement on the Wednesday of Easter Week by creating a simulation of the battle to address research questions that have not previously been possible to answer using traditional methods.

Irish Confraternities and Parishes is a compilation of information about these important institutions, which have had a long history in Ireland, stretching back to the medieval period. Confraternities and sodalities were part of the fabric of social, cultural and religious life down to the late twentieth century. It is hoped that the data on this site can be added to regularly in order to provide the fullest possible record of confraternity activities throughout Ireland. The website and database are courtesy of An Foras Feasa.

DiXiT is an international network of institutions from the public and the private sector that are actively involved in the creation and publication of digital scholarly editions. Funded under the Marie Curie Initial Training Network, DiXiT coordinates  training and research for early stage and experienced researchers in the multi-disciplinary skills, technologies, theories, and methods of digital scholarly editing.

The Digital Arts and Humanities PhD program provides students with the opportunity to become pioneers in an exciting, emerging and innovative virtual academic landscape. Research and scholarship conducted on the program will create the foundations for new disciplinary and technological approaches for the arts, humanities, and industry.

The Digital Repository of Ireland is a national trusted digital repository for Ireland’s social and cultural data. The repository will link together and preserve both historical and contemporary data held by Irish institutions, providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools. AFF is a node in the development of the archival framework.

The Alcalá Account Book Project is a digitisation project that is part of an academic collaboration between Maynooth University and the University of Alcalá. The digitised material presented is taken from the college’s account books or Libros de gastos del colegio de Alcalá (Russell Library, Salamanca Archives, Legajo S30, nos 1-3). They were placed in the archives of the Irish college, Salamanca on the closure of the Alcalá college in 1785 and were brought back to Ireland in 1951. They are now housed in the Russell Library, Maynooth College where they form part of the Salamanca Archive, the most important Spanish-language archive on these islands. This digitised version of the account books for the years immediately prior to the college’s closure offer a unique insight into the day-to-day running of the college with valuable information on diet, discipline and domestic matters.

The Versioning Machine is a framework and an interface for displaying multiple versions of text encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Guidelines. It provides textual editors an environment to immediately see the consequences of their editorial decisions.The VM provides features typically found in critical editions, such as annotation and introductory material, while taking advantage of the opportunities afforded by electronic publication.

Neolithic Figurines Back to Life is a digital archaeology project run by Dr. Konstantinos Papadopoulos, and it is part of the British Academy funded project ‘Corporeal Engagement with Clay: The Neolithic Figurines from Koutroulou Magoula’ directed by Prof. Yannis Hamilakis from the University of Southampton. This project will analyse and study the largest assemblage of clay Neolithic figurines from any site in Greece (the Middle Neolithic tell of Koutroulou Magoula in central Greece, c. 5800-5300 BC) and the digital element of the project aims to produce 3D digital models (laser scanning, photogrammetry) and 3D printed replicas and make those available online to both researchers and the public. Besides,  other computational photography methods, such as Reflectance Transformation Imaging and Multispectral Imaging, will be used to further analyse and interpret the figurines.

An Foras Feasa is the national coordinator for DARIAH-Ireland and Co-Chairs DARIAH’s Virtual Competency Centre II (VCC2) Research and Education. DARIAH is the pan-European infrastructure for digital arts and humanities. Its goal is to s to facilitate long-term access to, and use of, all European Arts and Humanities digital research data.

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