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1 Using dippam for teaching Prof Peter Gray, QUB

2 What is dippam? A virtual library of historical sources Available over the web to all users, globally and for free, at Fully searchable and browsable documents Contains multimedia resources – texts, images and audio A key resource for recovering the history of modern Ireland and its overseas diaspora Particular focus on migration from Ulster Collections bring together narratives of migration from the 18 th century to the recent past

3 A collaborative project The dippam partnership: And funded by: QUB Development work: Prof Peter Gray (PI), Dr Ricky Rankin, Gavin Mitchell, Conail Stewart, Cormac O’Donnell, Mark McCalmont Web hosting by QUB Information Services CMS Development work: Dr Brian Lambkin, Dr Paddy Fitzgerald UU Development work: Dr Johanne Devlin Trew LNI Development work: Joe Mullan LNI Promotion: Deirdre Nugent AHRC Digital Equipment and Database Enhancement for Impact (DEDEFI) award Thanks also to: Professor Liam Kennedy (QUB) and Professor Marianne Elliott (University of Liverpool) for assistance in development of VMR; Julian Ball and Richard Wake (University of Southampton) for assistance with development of EPPI; Lorraine Tennant, formerly data collection officer of IED , and to Scotch Irish Trust and DCAL,for support in development of IED; Paperjam (Belfast) for design work.

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5 What does dippam include? dippam brings together three different but complementary databases: (1)EPPI: Enhanced British Parliamentary Papers on Ireland ( ) -A comprehensive full-text digital archive of over 14,000 official publications relating to Ireland from Full text scans with OCR transcripts. -Initially digitised as ‘EPPI’ by University of Southampton (AHRC funded); now restored and enhanced (2) IED: The Irish Emigration Database (18 th -20 th centuries) -Created by CMS Omagh since 1988 from documents held by PRONI and other NI libraries / private donors; now universally available over the web. Mostly transcripts with some images and attachments. (3) VMR: Voices of Migration and Return (later 20 th century) -Created by AHRC-funded oral narratives project at QUB/CMS ; MP3 audio files now searchable and available to researchers

6 A central theme: Ireland’s migration experience EPPI – documents the social context of Irish emigration : social conditions, famine, population pressures; internal migration. Also records government regulation; debates over ‘colonization; and state assistance. Also some transcribed voices reflecting direct migration experience IED – a wide range of sources, but at heart the narratives of family migration experience captured and preserved in the emigrant letter and memoir VMR – over 90 personal narratives of emigrants and return migrants from Ulster – captured and available on digital audio. A link between the historical experience captured in EPPI and IED, and our own times and experience.

7 Using EPPI Search by keyword in fulltext or title Restrict search by date ranges Restrict by type of document

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9 Other online government records: Hansard : Oireachtas debates


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