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Humanist Archives: Aug. 17, 2019, 8:28 a.m. Humanist 33.195 - early digital humanities websites

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        Date: 2019-08-16 12:15:43+00:00
        From: Sharon Healy 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.181: early digital humanities websites?

Hi Drew

The following DH projects should fit your criteria
CURIA Irish Manuscript Project
CELT: Corpus of Electronic Texts

The CURIA Irish Manuscript Project is recognised as the first DH project in
Ireland. Proposed ('90/'91) by Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin (sadly deceased)
from the Department of History in University College Cork (UCC), the project
aimed to develop a research database of Early Irish texts (scanned/retyped), to
be called the Thesaurus Linguarum Hiberniae. Peter Flynn (UCC, computer centre)
was brought in to consult on the project, in terms of how to incorporate
TEI/SGML. The idea of using the web to provide access to the project came about
when Flynn met Tim Berners-Lee at a meeting in CERN sometime in late 1991, and
was introduced to the concept of HTML. Flynn realised this would work for the
CURIA project, and quickly set up Ireland’s first web server, and the CURIA
website became the first website in Ireland and is deemed to have been the ninth
website in the world ('91/'92). A couple of years later the original CURIA
website disappeared when the project was re-named CELT: Corpus of Electronic
Texts, with a new website -

https://celt.ucc.ie//index.html (mid-1990s?).

The CELT website is still available on the web (with minimal changes, they kept
the old format in place, even though it is continually updated with texts.)
Incidentally, Peter Flynn recently reclaimed parts of the first CURIA website,
from an old Sun machine, and emulation of same is available here:

For more info, see:

Willard McCarty's article on "Risky, experimental, emergent: the timeliness and
genius of CURIA and CELT", in Clerics, Kings and Vikings (Four Courts Press,

Peter Flynn Testimony in How the Internet came to Ireland, TechArchives,
https://techarchives.irish/ (https://techarchives.irish/how-the-internet-came-to-

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