Woodstock House Project: Reflections and lessons…

Render of the rear of the house towards the end of the project

    This is a continuation in a series of blogs beginning with Richard Breen’s here. The first post from this blog here. We seem to finally be at the tail end of this project with oodles of that most useless yet relied upon asset: hindsight. And so, that somebody might benefit from our toils beyond ourselves, […]

Modelling the past: Woodstock House

Woodstock House project in 3D

Richard Breen’s blog here gives the background to this project…   Richard Breen and I have been modelling Woodstock House, an estate which once stood in Kilkenny and was burnt down in 1922. We managed to get out hands on some plans relating to the fire compensation claim. These were quite good but only included one measurement. […]

Practicum: Topic modelling update…

This is a continuation of a series of posts relating to a topic modelling project. The first post in the series can be found here.   At this stage I’m happy to report that topics are being generated and models are being produced. Unfortunately I’m still operating on a sample of 50 statements rather than […]

Practicum: Topic Modelling the B.M.H.’s Witness Statements

For this project I’ll be aiming to create topic models using the Bureau of Military History’s Witness Statements as the corpus. These statements were collected by the Irish State between 1947 and 1957 and relate to the period from the formation of the Irish Volunteers, 25th November 1913, to the beginning of the ceasefire (which lead to peace […]

The Future of The World Wide Web

Predicting the future, regardless of the volume of caveats inserted by the purported sage, is a dangerous game: “I predict the Internet will soon go spectacularly supernova and in 1996 catastrophically collapse.”—Robert Metcalfe, founder of 3Com and inventor of Ethernet, writing in a 1995 InfoWorld column. (Pogue) Needless to say, a brief such as this, ‘The future […]

Data Standardisation

The ubiquitous sharing and self-referential navigation that has characterised the web, and web 2.0 in particular, is the happy (and economically significant) result of the standardisation of documents and their connections through the implementation of technical guidelines such as HTML and API. The power of such coherent structures is manifest in the effect the web has […]

The Power of the image: The London Charter

Digital representations are problematic from many points of view. Some of these issues have been discussed in earlier episodes of this series on The Power of the Image here and here. In an effort to answer or, at least, recognise the challenges presented by a sudden emergence of highly effective and accessible technologies such as photogrammetry, virtual reality and others, […]