Cork’s Main Streets
Cork’s Main Streets is a digital oral history website that highlights excerpts from the Cork Folklore Project’s oral history collection about North and South Main Street. First constructed as a pilot project (a digital oral history map) for my PhD, this digital project was updated in September and October 2018 and it is now hosted by the Cork Folklore Project.
As I progressed through my PhD I worked on several different iterations of the Cork Memory Map, a process chronicled in as an ethnography in my thesis. Digital sustainability (and frailty) were a recurring theme. Since finishing the PhD, files from the Cork Memory Map were lost during transfer/server maintenance. We scrambled to produce a backup/temporary version of the map, and I am currently working (with James Furey) to produce a replacement.
I work as an archaeobotanist (a specialist who examines the remains of plants from archaeological sites). The output from this work is often short technical reports that are inserted into the appendices of an archaeological report. At the moment I am trying to think of new ways to share the data that is generated from my work with other specialists, as well as trying to present the results in a manner that makes them more accessible and meaningful for the general public. I am experimenting with a rudimentary timeline that presents some of my results from 2018 (more to be added later) and I am looking for other digital platforms to experiment with.