Migration Databases as Impact Tools in the Education and Heritage Sectors

Carolina P. Amador-Moreno, Karen P. Corrigan, Kevin McCafferty, Emma Moreton

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There has been considerable recent investment in the digitization of databases, like the Documenting Ireland: Parliament, People and Migration (DIPPAM) project, that relate in various ways to the history and Diaspora of Ireland, which has been an area of intensive scholarship since the later twentieth century (see, for example, Miller, Emigrants and Exiles: Ireland and the Irish Exodus to North America. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1985; O’Sullivan, The Irish World Wide: History, Heritage, Identity, Vols. 1-6. Leicester: Leicester University Press, 1992; Fitzgerald and Lambkin, Migration in Irish History, 1607-2007. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008; Miller, Ireland and Irish America. Culture, Class, and Transatlantic Migration. Dublin: Field Day Files, 2008). As such resources were largely designed for academics in historical studies and allied disciplines, their applicability as tools to engage public audiences (particularly in the education and heritage sectors) remains to be tested. In this chapter, we discuss how databases like these can be created and subsequently exploited for a much wider variety of academic and non-academic uses by focusing on two related digital initiatives, namely, the Corpus of Irish English Correspondence (CORIECOR) project currently being undertaken at the University of Bergen and Coventry University’s Digitising Experiences of Migration: The Development of Interconnected Letter Collections (DEM) project.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCreating and Digitizing Language Corpora
Subtitle of host publicationDatabases for Public Engagement
EditorsKaren P. Corrigan, Adam Mearns
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages43
VolumeVolume 3: Databases for Public Engagement
ISBN (Electronic)9781137386458
ISBN (Print)9781137386441
Publication statusPublished - 20 Sept 2016

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