Tuesday, August 10, 2021

Northern Ireland Place-Name Project will contribute its expertise to digitally remapping Ireland's Ordnance Survey Heritage of 19th century


Queen's University Belfast researchers have been awarded €740,000 (£630,000) to lead a cross-border digital humanities research project which will follow the footsteps of the surveyors who mapped Ireland 200 years ago.

The funding has been made available from the Irish Research Council, and Arts and Humanities Research Council, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), for Queen’s to lead a three-year project called OS200 in partnership with the University of Limerick. 

It 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. 

It has been announced as part of a 6.5m euro programme which is funding 11 projectsbringing together world-leading expertise in the digital humanities across the UK and Ireland. 

Researchers in the faculties of Engineering and Physical Sciences and Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at Queen’s will work on the project, led by Professor Keith Lilley, an historical geographer in the School of Natural and Built Environment. Staff from the Centre for Data Digitisation and Analysis (CDDA), the Heritage Hub, the Institute of Irish Studies, and the Northern Ireland Place-Name Project at Queen’s will also contribute their expertise. 

Other partners include the Department for Communities and Public Record Office in Northernthe 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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