Professor Susan Schreibman / September 2013 – present
Project Director and Editor-in-Chief
Susan Schreibman is Professor in Digital Humanities at Maynooth University and Director of An Foras Feasa. Professor Schreibman. Her publications include A New Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwell-Wiley, 2016), Thomas MacGreevy: A Critical Reappraisal (Bloomsbury 2013), A Companion to Digital Literary Studies (Blackwell, 2008), and A Companion to Digital Humanities (Blackwell, 2004). She is the founding Editor of the peer-reviewed Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative. Her digital projects include The Diary of Mary Martin, The Diary of Dorothy Price, The Thomas MacGreevy Archive, and Contested Memories: The Battle of Mount Street Bridge.
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Karolina Badzmierowska / September 2013 – present
Workflow, Communication and Social Media Coordinator
Karolina is responsible for the project image digitisation and curation, which involves photographing the letters, editing and managing. She looks after social media communication and outreach. Karolina also designs all digital and printed materials for the project, such as the website, posters, postcards and infographics.
Karolina is a PhD researcher with the Digital Arts and Humanities Structured PhD Programme in the Department of History of Art and Architecture, Trinity College Dublin, where she was awarded a Postgraduate Research Studentship in 2013. Karolina’s PhD topic explores digital methodologies in art historical research, with a focus on the concept of online research collections. Her career to date combines strong interests in digital humanities, (digital) art history, culture, heritage and museum studies.
Emma Clarke / September 2013 – present
Emma coordinates outreach for the Letters of 1916 project. This involves organising the addition of letters from individual letter holders to the Letters of 1916 collection, managing web content such as featured letter posts and featured profiles, as well as tweeting from @Letters1916 and ensuring that the monthly #AskLetters1916 Twitter chats run smoothly.
Emma Clarke is a PhD candidate in Digital Humanities and Linguistics in the School of Computer Science in Trinity College Dublin. Since completing an M.Phil in Digital Humanities in 2013, she has worked on a number of Digital Humanities projects including Letters of 1916, The 1916 Diary of Dorothy Price, and the forthcoming Drawn to the Page: Irish Artist Illustrations 1830 – 1930.
Vinayak Das Gupta / September 2015 – present
Richard Hadden / April 2014 – present
DiXiT PhD Candidate
Richard is working on the Letters project as part of his research as a DiXiT scholar on Digital Scholarly Editions and Mass Digitisation at Maynooth University. His research aims to cover methodologies for building large-scale editions, and allowing access for reading, exploring, and for data processing.
He graduated from Durham University in 2007 with a BA in Modern European Languages, and from University College London in 2010 with an MA in Electronic Publishing & Communication. Richard has also worked on the Woodman Diary project.
Shane McGarry / October 2014 – present
Shane joins the Letters of 1916 project as the Senior Software Developer. He is responsible for the construction of a new digital scholarly edition, which will house the Letters of 1916 after its migration from the current transcription desk. Shane is responsible for the overall design as well as the construction of the digital scholarly edition.
Shane is currently a Ph.D. candidate in Digital Humanities at Maynooth University, where his research is focused on the presentation of text in a digital environment. He is exploring new paradigms in search and data visualisations as well as the presentation of text in an effort to break away from the book metaphor. In addition to his PhD studies, Shane also served as the project manager on the Woodman Diary project and is one of the student coordinators for the upcoming Graduate Symposium 2016. Prior to the commencement of his Ph.D. studies, Shane worked in the private sector for nearly 15 years as a software developer and solutions architect, working across numerous industry verticals. Shane currently holds a B.S. in Information Technology and an M.A. in Digital Media & Interactive Design.
Neale Rooney / April 2015- Present
Neale is responsible for maintaining the project workflow. This includes the photographing, uploading, editing and approving of letter images. He also assists other members of the team with project outreach, management of the L1916 podcast and tumblr accounts, and researching historical information about the collections.
Neale graduated with a BA in Media Studies and History from Maynooth University in 2014, and with an MA in Digital Humanities from Maynooth University in 2015. His previous experience with Digital Humanities includes work done on the Contested Memories: Battle of Mount Street Bridge and Woodman Diary projects.
TEAM MEMBERS IN THE PAST
Roman Bleier / May – July 2014, April 2015, September 2015 – March 2016
Roman joined the Letters team for a three month internship from May to July 2014. He worked on the potential of Distant Reading of the letter corpus using Topic Modelling. In April 2015 he worked on TEI templates for the Letters project.
Roman is PhD student on the Digital Arts and Humanities programme in Trinity College Dublin. His research focuses on digital editing with TEI and he works on a digital edition of Saint Patrick’s writings under the supervision of Professor Seán Duffy.
Linda Spinazzè / February 2015 – February 2016
DiXit postdoctoral fellow
Linda Spinazzè is currently working on the Letters of 1916 project as a DiXiT postdoctoral fellow < http://dixit.uni-koeln.de/ >. She is contributing to the second phase of the project which focuses on the publication and analysis of the digitised letters.
After completing her first degree in Medieval Latin Literature, Linda developed a strong interest in Digital Humanities. She has collaborated as both a digital editor and as a technical assistant on two different projects, which involved in building literary archive for intertextual research in Latin literature. After gaining a second degree in Computer Science & Humanities, she obtained her PhD in Medieval and Classical Philology with an experimental dissertation on Elegies by Maximianus and investigating an alternative model of digital scholarly editing. She has recently been released the web-based user-oriented tool Cursus in Clausula < www.cursusinclausula.eu >. The opportunity to join and contribute to the Letters of 1916 project provides a new opportunity to put her skills to their best use in an international context and in a different disciplinary field.
William Buck / November 2014 – April 2015
William Buck was a Digital Repository of Ireland Postdoctoral Researcher working on the Letters of 1916 project. William’s primary role within the 1916 letters project team involved sourcing, proofing and adding historical context to letters, while utilising the digitisation tools and methods in order to create a complete digital collection of letters for the project.
William completed his PhD in Modern Irish History at Mary Immaculate College, Limerick in October 2013. William’s PhD thesis was entitled ‘Aliens in wartime: Analysing the reactions and responses to foreign nationalities and minority groups throughout Ireland during the First World War’. William graduated from the University of Sunderland, England, with a BA (Hons.) degree in Historical Studies in 2000. He also completed an MA degree at the same university in 2001.
Brian Hughes / November 2013 – September 2014
Postdoctoral Researcher / Associate Editor
Brian Hughes was a Digital Repository of Ireland Postdoctoral Researcher and Associate Editor before taking up his current position in Trinity College Dublin. His work mainly involved historical research, the sourcing of relevant letters and the creation and proofing of metadata for the items in the project collection.
Dr Brian Hughes graduated from NUI Maynooth with a BA in History and English in 2004 before completing a MPhil in Modern Irish History in Trinity College Dublin. An expanded version of his MPhil thesis on Michael Mallin was published by the O’Brien Press in 2012 as part of their 16 Lives series of biographies. He was awarded a PhD at Trinity College Dublin in April 2014. He is currently an Irish Research Council Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of History, Trinity College Dublin. His monograph, Defying the IRA: intimidation, coercion and communities during the Irish Revolution, will be published by Liverpool University Press.
Paddy Doyle / September 2013 – present
Senior Systems Administrator
He is responsible for provisioning and managing the server hardware and systems software for the project. He also assisted in the software development of parts of the front-end and back-end of the application.
Paddy works in the Research IT Support unit in Trinity College Dublin, where he has contributed to a number of Digital Humanities projects. He spends most of his time running HPC (High Performance Computing) Linux clusters, looking after hardware and software issues. He dabbles in web technologies when the opportunity arises.
Juliusz Filipkowski / September 2013 – present
Web Application Specialist / Website development
Juliusz Filipowski, who joined Research IT Support in Trinity College Dublin, in June 2012 as Web Application Specialist has extensive experience in software development, database design and automated testing. Juliusz is a part of the team working on the front-end and back-end of the application.
Juliusz had opportunity to work on projects involved ASAPS (A Sharing Approach to Promoting Science), Neuroscience Department and Digital Humanities.
Dermot Frost / September 2013 – present
Research IT Manager
Dermot Frost has been involved in the Letters project since its inception, helping out with the system architecture as well as co-ordinating the implementation of the software by the Research IT team. He is the Principal Investigator for the Digital Repository of Ireland for Trinity College and also a member of the Digital Humanities Steering Committee in Trinity.
Richard Breen / September 2015 – February 2016
While working on the Letters of 1916, Richard contributed to the project by assisting in image processing, letter collections days, and helped create the Letters of 1916 Podcast.
Richard is currently enrolled in the MA in Digital Humanities program at Maynooth University. His primary interests are in music, history, and cultural studies.
John Chambers / November 2015 – present
John worked on the Letters 1916 project in various ways such as photographing documents at archival institutions, image processing, research, writing abstracts, proofing transcriptions, validating markup and producing the Letters of 1916 podcasts.
John is an MA Digital Humanities student at Maynooth University.
Kevin Kavanagh / 2014
While working on the Letters 1916 project Kevin assisted with various tasks including, image processing and public outreach. Kevin graduated from Trinity College Dublin with an M. Phil. in Public History and Cultural Heritage. Modern Irish history and the digitisation of primary source material continue to hold his interest.
Tom Noonan / June 2015 – August 2015
While working on the Letters 1916 project Tom assisted with various tasks including contextual research, image processing, collaborating with the Defence Forces’ Military Archives, and the creation of lesson plans allowing secondary school students to engage with the Letters 1916 project.
Tom is currently in his final year of an undergraduate History and English Literature degree at Trinity College Dublin. His primary interest is in contemporary fiction and poetry, and in the uses and abuses of history in modern society.
Zhilong Wang / 2013
Frank Lynam / August 2014
Frank joined the Letters team for a brief internship in August 2014. He carried out a feasibility study into the publication of the Letters data to the Semantic Web as Linked Open Data. He wrote an extension for the Schema.org public data ontology, to allow for the modelling of letter concepts. He then mapped the letters archive onto this model. Users of the prototype system are able to interrogate this mapped RDF data using a SPARQL interface.
Frank has more than a decade of experience working in the technology sector. He completed his BA at Trinity College Dublin in Ancient History and Archaeology and Italian and his MPhil in Archaeology at the University of Cambridge. He is currently in the final year of a 4-year Digital Arts and Humanities PhD under the supervision of Dr Christine Morris at Trinity College Dublin. His doctoral research considers how archaeology might benefit from Big Data analysis using Linked Open Data and Semantic Web techniques.
Shane Murtagh / August – September 2014
Shane carried out an internship with the project from August to September 2014. His work focused on the encoding of the letters. As part of this work, he designed a TEI Header for the project. He also investigated the feasibility of using Natural Language Processing to automate the encoding of the texts of the letters.
Shane is a PhD candidate with An Foras Feasa and the Department of English, Media and Theatre Studies in Maynooth University. He is also a participant in the national structured PhD in Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH). He holds a BA in English and History and an MA in Digital Humanities. His doctoral research examines the impact of new technologies and methodologies on the fields of scholarly editing and literary studies, under the supervision of Prof. Emer Nolan and Prof. Susan Schreibman.
Hannah Healy / June 2014 – September 2014, May 2015
While working on the Letters 1916 project Hannah assisted with various tasks including,visiting archival institutions, image processing, contextual research and the creation of lesson plans incorporating the Letters 1916 project for secondary schools.
Hannah is currently in her final year of an undergraduate History degree at Trinity College Dublin. Her primary interest is in modern Irish history and the consumption of history in modern society.
Aaron Hoey / June 2014 – September 2014
As a summer intern on the Letters 1916 project Aaron participated in various tasks including sourcing primary documents, image processing, and contextual research. Aaron also participated in a teacher workshop, working with teachers and project participants in creating lesson plans for secondary school students.
Aaron is an English and History graduate from Maynooth University. His main areas of interest include Early Modern Irish history and the history of the Irish labour movement.
Barney Doherty / June 2014 – September 2014
Barney worked as a summer intern on the Letters 1916 project when he carried out various tasks, including, Source locating, Image Processing, Historical Research, Visiting Archives, Collaborating with teachers to create various lesson plans, creating informative videos, and hosting Twitter chats.
Barney is a History and English graduate from Maynooth University. His interest is social and political history of Ireland and Britain.
Ryan McKeown / June 2014 – September 2014
While working with the Letters 1916 project Ryan assisted in photographing, editing and transcribing letters in order for them to be uploaded onto the online website. Ryan also assisted in historical research and visiting the Public Records Office of Northern Ireland to locate suitable letters for use in the project.
Ryan is a History graduate from Queen’s University Belfast. His interests include 20th Century Irish history with a focus on the Irish Revolution and Northern Ireland ‘Troubles’ period.
We thank Kate Bateman for her help in identifying letters at the National Library of Ireland for inclusion in the collection.