Hello world!

Hi it is March 15 (Dublin Ireland time) .  I am currently listening to Warren Zevon on my Mp3 player and this is my first blog in anticipation of Digital Day 2010; a ‘MashUp’  sample from my current project can be accessed by clicking the link below.  More info is on my profile page.

Digital Literary Atlas of Ireland Mashup


Charles Travis


Good Day!  Have just arrived for another day in the Trinity Long Room Hub .  Our building is being prepared, so we are in temporary digs at the moment on the 9th floor of a building called the ‘Apollo House’ .   I started my day (ensconced in the lap of the gods)  by contacting Trinity College Dublin’s  IS services to query about a proxy permission issue, with the Google Earth plug in  which I am using on  my  DIGITAL LITERARY ATLAS OF IRELAND, 1922-1949 project. This project is based upon my PhD thesis which was recently published  by Mellen Press under the title Literary Landscapes of Ireland: Geographies of Irish Stories, 1922-1949 .

Every time I refresh  a site page (with a Google Earth plug in)  after editing it, a series of proxy permission boxes pop up- it doesn’t interfere with the site, but makes navigating through the site clunky. This is not a problem for  site visitors outside of TCD, but underscores that such projects span many departments within an organization- in other words  ‘No Digital  Humanities Project is an Island‘!

I have created a sample MashUp from my project which you can visit (you will need a Google Earth plug in- but if you can’t get one, there is a short video on the MashUp page, which will give you  an idea of how its works) . Click  on the Digital Literary Atlas of Ireland to visit this Mash Up!

Well I have to get back to work- one side project which I am working is employing Geographical Information Systems to database map the landholdings of 17th century Peers before and after the Cromwellian Wars in Ireland.  Today I am working on the Dublin Peers for 1641, and like many digital projects, I have to set up the data base structure… so I am off  to  Dublin in the 17th century, in a digital way . . . .