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One more for you all because we've had a time warp on and lost a few days. If you followed me recently, please do it again and I'll follow you back!

Firstly, I'm a Postdoc at UCC and . I work on @PortsPastPres an regional development project funded by the Cooperation Programme. We're @PortsPastPres on the . I'm also @scrivenersmith on there.

I particularly work on our /#Curatescape heritage stories: and our Port Places:

My main areas of interest are , , and . My :hc: profile is:, where you can read more about my publications.

I'm an occasional writer. You can see what I've written here: A couple more things forthcoming.


@histodons @litstudies @heritage @ecologies @dh

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So now that I've moved one more time to, I am going to do an again, but I'll freshen it up for you!

Firstly, I'm a Postdoc at UCC and . I work on Ports, Past an Present, an regional development project funded by the Ireland Wales Programme. We're @PortsPastPres on the .
I'm also @scrivenersmith on there.

I particularly work on our /#Curatescape heritage stories: and our Port Places:

My main areas of interest are , , and . My :hc: profile is:, where you can read more about my publications.

I'm an occasional writer. You can see what I've written here: A couple more things forthcoming.


@histodons @dh

Hi and people. Does anyone have any ideas for creating flipbooks that don't rely on proprietary/paid software? Ideally html-based. Even better if it can serve up hosted PDF files in e.g. the Digital Repository of Ireland.


'My aim here is not to praise or condemn peer review itself, nor any particular flavour or format of it in practice. Rather, the goal is to understand what peer review might ideally be for in open, humanities scholarship: how we might think about it, how to identify the precepts upon which our practices might be founded, and indeed, where its heart lies.'

@jmaxsfu in Pop! Journal arguing for a model of 'care-ful' peer review.

Today we're presenting part 3 of our #PortPlaces #App crossing of the Irish Sea: Fishguard and Goodwick!

Here you can read about sights up and down the coastal path as well as the story of the 1797 French Invasion, topped by a journey across the Irish Sea to Wexford.

#Fishguard #Wales #Pembrokeshire #EUIrelandWales @histodons @ireland @wales @heritage #IrishSea

Holyhead had a proud tradition of signing on young people of the town to get their first experience of working at sea on one of the mail ships travelling to Ireland. Gareth Huws sat down with us and shared the story how he and a friend found first employment in the mess and the galley on one of the #Holyhead mail ships. It turns out that sometimes it is a good thing to be in a mess.

#Wales #Ireland #Ferries #OralHistory @heritage @histodons @wales @ireland

The research integrity 'hub' is a good illustration of the tendency of academic publishers to look for automated solutions to problems that are exacerbated by the drive for automation, scale and volume. This won't change until publishing becomes more accountable to research communities rather than the commercial imperative.

It's been a busy year, and I completely forgot I'd written a review!

My discussion of the Time-Layered Cultural Map is now available online in Reviews in Digital Humanities. Thanks @roopikarisam !

The only thing surprising to me about this is that it wasn’t already fully-owned by Springer Nature.
Anyone who looked at it would see that Research Square was the Springer Nature pseudo(?) preprint server linked almost exclusively to submissions eventually published at Springer Nature journals 🤷‍♂️

#Preprints #acquisitions

Hi all #EnvHum #EnvironmentalHumanities people. I've created a new group for us to tag in related toots.


If you follow the group you'll get all the posts that peole tag with this handle.

"I would have gotten away with it if it wasn't for you pesky kids!"

Scooby Doo travelled home once more in the Mystery Machine van with his human tears rolling down his cheeks, stinging his eyes and making it difficult to see the road ahead. Once again his efforts to catch a bad guy had gone unacknowledged, even by the criminal themselves. He never got a mention.

Perhaps hidden/unknown to many, but and other instances running the Hometown version of Mastodon, have the ability to post only to their local community and specifically not federate their content to the broader Fediverse. In the posting interface, click on the link icon and choose whether you want to allow your post greater reach or stay only within your community. This can be a helpful affordance for having smaller/restricted conversations. (

Mini improvised points crawl. Collect all the goats, even the weird ones.

I don't know who needs to hear this, but this is rad!
Thanks to @scrivenersmith for raising my attention to this motherload!

Fully searchable, fully citable, fully !

@histodons @heritage @historikerinnen

Just did my first test search on and I'm impressed with the results. They are wide-ranging in time and source material, and the top couple of pages include a number of old publications I would likely never have checked on my own for this search.

"For him the Past was not dead, it was but the Invisible Present..."
- Dublin Review, vol. 205, iss. 411 (1939) [from my results]

#histodons #genealogy #history #FamilyHistory

'The Clash of the Commons: An Imagined Library Commons Discourse' by Emily Benoff 

'When extracted from utopian library literature, flashy signage on library walls, and inspired opening-day press releases, the concept of the commons is implicated in a knotty history of dispossession, power relations, and nostalgia. Historical evidence a deep-rooted schism in popular perceptions of the commons: the imagined, idealized commons, land “free for all” which has been reified as an inherent fact of history, has long been estranged from the material violence and exclusionary practices that have often coincided with commons-making in Europe and North America'

Really insightful article from an MA student at UCLA on the colonial histories of the commons and its continuing impact on the fetishisation of the commons in North American library discourse.

The Office of Scholarly Communication is hiring an Open Research Community Manager. Come work with me!

'The role will establish and develop a Cambridge Open Research Community, bringing researchers across the university community together through regular online and in person events to enable exchange of expertise in open and rigorous research practices. They will develop an understanding of how research needs differ across disciplines and use this understanding to inform the development of open research policies and services as part of the University's Open Research Programme, leading projects to further develop these services. They will raise the profile of open research at Cambridge through internal and external engagement in collaboration with researchers and professional services leads across the university.'

Funding for five years in the first instance.

Time for a little bit of self-promotion now that I stumbled over the Channel 4 channel (?!) on YouTube and this year's series of 'Britain by Beach'. Word had gotten out that I'd been doing a little bit of research and writing around the 1797 Invasion by the French, and that's how I ended up gesticulating enthusiastically in front of a camera whilst standing on a pebbly, not quite beach in the south-west of .

Enjoy a spot of history.


being here has reminded me I should deposit more of my work on, so now you can read author-approved manuscripts of several recent publications at do get in touch if you need access to the published versions and can't get it through an institution (I will share brief descriptions in this 🧵)

'The sustainability argument or… How academic journals economic models never really last'

This is a good piece from Didier Torny arguing against the narrow view of journal sustainability as 'recurring, reliable revenue.' He writes:

'After almost three decades of existence, resisting to several “serial crises”, haven’t [Diamond Open Access journals] earned the right not to be questioned on their sustainability, but rather considered as one of the most secure ways to build a sustainable scholarly communication system, in combination with institutional archives?'

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