Patrick Egan at the American Folklife Center - Photo by Steve Winnick

Patrick Egan at the American Folklife Center - Photo by Steve Winnick

The latest news on Patrick's research: Patrick Egan is a scholar and musician from Ireland, who has just served as a Fellow in Digital Studies at the Kluge Center in the Library of Congress and is now on a Fulbright Tech Impact scholarship. He has recently submitted his PhD in digital humanities with ethnomusicology in at University College Cork. Patrick’s interests over the past number of years have focused on ways to creatively use descriptive data in order to re-imagine how research is conducted with archival collections. Throughout 2019, Patrick has had a number of digital projects underway under the working title, Connections in Sound. Patrick is sharing data about recordings of Irish traditional music collected and held by the American Folklife Center (AFC). Patrick’s research aims to understand more fully the role that archives and collections might play in the lives of performers, as a result of the digital turn. He’s created a number of prototypes for exploring the collections and some examples can be seen below. Patrick agreed to share his research and these ongoing digital projects with the public as he creates them and he’s interested in receiving feedback from researchers and the Irish traditional music community. Visualisations: Pathways to the collections that contain Irish traditional music at the American Folklife Center: https://bit.ly/30qrZgv Irish born emigrants in the US (1850-1980) and locations of collections that were discovered during the "Connections in Sound" project: https://bit.ly/2HkjtYN Patrick is conducting a survey of Irish traditional music in North America, with specific reference to the use of sound files on the internet and with the websites of archives. A visualisation of results so far is shown below, with over 439 responses and counting. This survey is online and open until the end of October. If you are involved with Irish traditional music in North America, responses are greatly encouraged at this link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/B7F626T These projects are work-in-progress. You can follow Patrick as he documents his fellowships on Twitter. Comment…