Three UL academics were the first winners of the The National Digital Learning Resources (NDLR) service People’s Choice Awards at the NDLR fest 2012 held in Croke Park recently. Professor Geraldine Sheridan, Dr Michael Griffin and Yvonne Diggins took the award for their work on the Interactive ebooks of the Magazine of Magazines, a Mid-Eighteenth Century Limerick Publication.
The Magazine of Magazines, published for the best part of two decades, from 1751 to 1769, is a miscellany comprising of extracts from numerous eighteenth century periodicals and journals and covers subjects as diverse as science, philosophy, medicine, meteorology, religion, mythology and literature to name but a few. It was the first periodical publication to feature Thomas Gray’s famous Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard, in 1751, and published essays and excerpts from towering intellectual figures of the day such as Dr Johnson and Voltaire. The originals of the Magazine of Magazines are held at the British Library and the National Library of Ireland. Two digitisation projects were carried out on the Magazine of Magazines by the UL team. The first project was funded by the University of Limerick Seed Fund and PRTLI4, HEA and focused on digitising the Magazine of Magazines, as a fully text searchable public good. The second project followed on and focussed on digitising the publication as interactive ebooks with annotations and was a NDLR national funded project. To find out more please go to the following link: http://www3.ul.ie/ecrg/digitisation-magazine-of-magazines
This work has brought The Magazine of Magazines online to lecturers, students & researchers, on both national and international levels, enabling them to research eighteenth century text and the national and international events of this time.
The NDLR Fest 2012 was attended by over 250 higher education academics with a significant number virtually attending through live iphone and web streaming. The Fest highlighted the open and free digital learning resources created across all subject disciplines in the Higher Education sector in Ireland.