[Humanist] 31.387 Donnchadh O' Corrain

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Thu Oct 26 08:00:31 CEST 2017

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 31, No. 387.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Thu, 26 Oct 2017 06:44:55 +0100
        From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
        Subject: Donnchadh Ó Corrain

Professor Donnchadh O' Corráin, the great medieval Irish historian, died 
yesterday. Once a proper obituary is available I will circulate it here.

Donnchadh understood very early that the Web offered a means of wide 
access to the source materials for scholarly work and that such access 
would prove key to the long-term health of important but minority 
subjects. With support from a donor, in 1991 he founded CURIA (Cork 
University / Royal Irish Academy)'s Thesaurus Linguarum Hiberniae, in 
response to which Peter Flynn, at University College Cork, established 
the first Web server in Ireland for it and the ninth in the world, three 
months after the World Wide Web itself went online. Donnchadh went 
on to establish CELT, the Corpus of Electronic Texts (https://celt.ucc.ie).

For more see my "Risky, experimental, emergent: the timeliness and 
genius of CURIA and CELT", in the Festschrift for Donnchadh, Clerics, 
kings and vikings (Four Courts Press, 2015), 
http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2015/clerics-kings-and-vikings/. The 
Table of Contents for this volume will give you a good idea of how 
widely and deeply respected he was and how much he will be missed.


Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), Professor emeritus, Department of
Digital Humanities, King's College London; Adjunct Professor, Western
Sydney University and North Carolina State University; Editor,
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20)

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