Recently, I used OpenStreetMap, a digital tool for mapping, as part of my assignment for one of my Digital Humanities modules. I chose to map Rathcormac, a village in North Cork which I personally know. I found the experience enjoyable, beneficial and enlightening. In order to increase my readers’ understanding of this experience, I will explore it under the following points: the process I undertook; the implications of what I contributed; what I learned from the experience and how I feel that I might be able to apply the spatial or the crowdsourced initiatives in my own work, be it now or in the future. Continue reading “My Experience with OpenStreetMap”
When I first heard of Open Access in my Digital Humanities course, I considered it an ingenious initiative – “public access to publicly funded research” (Suber, 2015), the corrupted system of paywalling exposed and academic library costs reduced. However, on rethinking the whole situation, this utopic concept hardly seemed realistic: how does the noble idea of Open Access survive in this money-hungry, financially-driven world if it really is free? This is why I have decided to research and blog on the topic of Open Access in the light of pragmatism.