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The Bridge-IT Hilda Tweedy Project

The Bridge-IT Hilda Tweedy project builds on two previous projects undertaken by the Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, “Lifescapes: Mapping Dublin Lives” and the “Life History Knowledge Exchange Archive”.

Capitalizing on the work already completed in these two projects the Bridge-IT Hilda Tweedy project aims to develop a digital archive and exhibition on the life and accomplishments of Hilda Tweedy.

Funded through a philanthropic grant the project will create an interactive online exhibition on the life of the Irish feminist activist Hilda Tweedy. The exhibition will comprise a selection of private documents, provided by the Tweedy family, material already contained in the panels displayed at the physical Hilda Tweedy exhibition in 2011, a data index of the Tweedy Papers held by the National Archives in Dublin as well as interviews with former members of the Irish Housewives Association and women historians who knew Hilda Tweedy.

The objective is to present the material with the help of a new interactive timeline which will allow users to view the material in a chronological context and select individual aspects and events of Hilda Tweedy’s life.

Through the digitisation, online archiving and visualization of data the project’s broader aim is the preservation of archive material and a wider and user-friendly accessibility of this material.

Bridge-IT Project: Digitally Connecting Academic Research with the Wider Community in Ireland

Project Funder: Long Room Hub – Murphy Innovation Fund

The Research Team: Dr. Maryann Valiulis, Deirdre O'Donnell, Jennifer Redmond, Dr. Amanda Piesse, Niamh Brennan, Dr. Linda Doyle.

Project Remit: The Bridge-IT Project is a collaborative initiative between the Centre for Gender and Women's Studies, The Lived Life ageing research group, Trinity Library and the Department of Electronic and Electrical Engineering. The Bridge-IT project will produce an interactive, multimedia online digital resource on the subject of ageing and life history, a new departure in Ireland in the communication of academic research using eHumanities expertise, tools and technologies. The project will create ‘living history': breathing life into raw data and primary source material that is voice-centred and creative.

This digital resource for researchers in life history, biography and cultural gerontology from multiple disciplines will simultaneously serve as an interactive connection point for older people who will be able to engage with the content. The project will explore the frontiers of human-centred computing and social networking through investigation of the use of adaptive hypermedia, visualisation, user-generated content, online communities. A highly interactive interface will be designed to be both attractive and intuitive in order to communicate a sense of the reality of the human experience recorded.

Trinity College Library will support the hosting and maintenance of the project's web-based digital archive via its successful Dspace-based institutional repository, thereby ensuring access, dissemination, storage and preservation of the digital outputs of the project. Bridge-IT directly aligns with Trinity College Dublin's Strategic Plan for dissemination of research results and its Information Strategy Guiding Principles (ISGP) requirement for more productive use of resources and information.

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Women and Ambition

Project Funder: Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform

Project Remit: To analyse the barriers and facilitators to the career ambitions of women employed in the management grades of the Irish Civil Service.

Research Team: Dr. Maryann Valiulis, Deirdre O'Donnell and Jennifer Redmond.

The Project Involves:

  • An extensive summary and review of the relevant international and national literature pertaining to women's career ambition with particular attention to the theoretical discourse on women's ambition. Analysis of recent policy initiatives aimed at facilitating the advancement of women's careers was undertaken. Furthermore, a review of the relevant statistics describing the current employment situation of women in Ireland as compared to other EU countries.
  • Evaluation, via an online survey, of the opinions and assessments of both men and women employed in the management grades (Higher Executive Officer/Administrative Officer and above) across 15 Civil Service Departments. A total of 2,237 responses were obtained yielding a valid response rate of 40%.
  • In-depth interviews with a sub-sample of 26 male and female employees from two selected Departments. The aim of this qualitative strand was to obtain a deeper more nuanced understanding of the complexity women's ambition. In order to benefit from a comparative element in the analysis of the qualitative data, interviews were conducted among 10 employees from similar management levels working within the private sector.

The final report (PDF, 1.2mb) was submitted to the DJELR in September 2008.

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