Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Letters of 1916 project needs your help for next phase

Regular readers of Irish Genealogy News will know that I'm a great supporter of the Letters of 1916 project, Ireland's first public humanities initiative that's crowdsourced a new digital collection of letters, postcards and photos from around the time of the Easter Rising nearly 100 years ago.

Since it launched in 2013, the team has gathered more than 2,000 letters and uploaded nearly all of them to its public database at Many have also been transcribed (if you can help with a bit of transcription work, take a look at the Contribute section of the site).

The project is now approaching its next phase: the launch of the Letters of 1916 Digitial Edition website. This is scheduled for 3 November.

Before then, the project team needs to evaluate the functionality and usability of the new website.

Can you help? In return for an hour of your time one morning between 8 and 17 July, you will receive a sneak preview of the next stage of the project and the opportunity to provide valuable feedback to the final Letters of 1916 Digital Edition.  You will be asked to complete some tasks on the new website and let the project team know what you think of it.

See Letters of 1916 Usability Testing info for further details.

The evaluations will take place on the Maynooth University campus and will be carried out by Dr Judith Wusteman of UCD Dublin.