Hello and welcome to my web space.

My name is Paul O’Shea and I’m a Digital Humanities PhD researcher in University College Cork, Ireland. I am funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA), the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science (CACSSS), and the Boole Library in UCC to work on the Frank O’Connor digital project of which I am project manager and creator. My project involves the digitising, composing and analysing of the scholarly textual material of Frank O’Connor’s papers, housed in the Boole archives in UCC.

In conjunction with digital project creation and management, I lecture and tutor as part of the Masters degree in Digital Arts and Humanities (MA DAH).

I also teach postgraduate training modules: PG6010 Editing Skills for Research Postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences, and PG6011 Digital Skills for Research Postgraduates in the Humanities and Social Sciences.

My role as a lecturer/tutor involves teaching Masters and PhD students digital research methodologies from collecting and analysing research data to defining and managing content in web/electronic environments. I teach an electric array of digital literacy skills from employing web-based tools and applications for academic research and publication purposes to basic computation, encoding and coding.

I’m social media content manager for the Text Encoding Initiative, and I’m creator and host of the monthly TEI Tweet Chat (#TEIChat). My role as social media coordinator involves managing, and analysing the data from the various social media platforms of the TEI: blog, website, twitter, and facebook. My duty is to develop the online visibility and presence of the TEI, and to grow and expand their online community.

I’m Editor-in-Chief of Aigne, the peer-reviewed, online postgraduate journal of the College of Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Science. I am currently working on creating an online journal for an international literary society.

I’m creator and organiser of the THATCamp Boole 2015 event to be hosted in UCC next year for George Boole’s bicentenary celebrations.

My doctoral research interests include, but are not limited to, digital humanities, periodical studies, cultural studies, transatlantic studies, bibliographical studies, print culture, text encoding, text analysis, social systems theory, social media, social network analysis, media studies, psychology, sociology, philosophy, and computer science.

I’m a cyclist, a coffee connoisseur, and a gourmand with a passion for cooking and experimenting with a plethora of foods from exquisite gourmet to healthy and wholesome.

My web space will amalgamate creativity with academic research, what some may consider an oxymoron  because of the association of creativity with arts-based methods, in juxtaposition to what is deemed the ‘higher’ intellectual order and value commonly associated with academic research. Therefore, my webspace will act as a creative canvass for artistic, creative and innovative expression,  my research portfolio, and an exploratory sandbox for my aforementioned passions, interests and intellectual pursuits.