My Digital Art.

So, for my digital art project, I have chosen to analyse my own poetry. I have written 6 books altogether so far, although only 4 of them have translated into books rather than PDFs. These are available to buy at my personal website,

However, for my digital art project, I have chosen to use digital tools which involve text analysis, use of Photoshop and Adobe After Effects. I have subscribed to the Adobe Creative Cloud for this current year of my master’s and I have found these apps a fantastic help in my use of digital tools for the master’s degree.

I intend to use Voyant-tools for text analysis of my 6 books. Then I hope to create a powerpoint presentation of my creation and to turn this into a .mov file. The final product will be a movie.

Text Analysis


This is my first time playing with Voyant, a web application tool for text analysis. I am interested in these kinds of tools as I am a poet and am very much interested in words.

It has helped me see what words I use when I am writing as can be seen from the image created here for me by Voyant.

I intend to get deeper into text analysis even though my dissertation is mainly concentrating on my radio broadcasting side of things. I will see what I can do to incorporate text analysis into my dissertation.

Critiquing a Digital Project – New York Public Library: Public Domain Collections

The public domain collections at New York Public Library’s website, are huge with over 180,000 items in its digital collections already in the public domain. “This site is a living database with new materials added every day, featuring prints, photographs, maps, manuscripts, streaming video, and more.” (Digital Collections at NYPL)

There are a total of 672,300 items digitized from the New York Public Library’s collections. This really is a massive database of digitized items. The website is designed to “explore more ways you can access and engage with digital content at NYPL” through the use of its visualisation tools and more.

There are collections about New York City, fashion collections, collections for designers, nature collections, gay and lesbian history, acclaimed theatrical photographers, poster collections, maps & atlases and book art and illustrations. If you want to explore this site further, you can buy prints from the digital collections print store or take a look at the NYPL archives and manuscripts . There is also a prints and photographs catalogue or you can access the Digital Public Library of America where the riches of America’s libraries, archives and museums are made freely available to the world.

This is a very interactive website with “tools, projects, and explorations designed to inspire your own creations”. It is also quite easy to navigate. On January 6th, 2016, The New York Public Library made over 187K digital items in the public domain (dating back to the 11th century) available for high resolution download.

“Based dually at the Library’s landmark central branch on 42nd Street and at its cutting-edge services center in Long Island City, NYPL Labs is an interdisciplinary team working to reformat and reposition the Library’s knowledge for the Internet age. Labs combines core digital library operations (digitization, metadata, permissions/reproductions, etc.) with a publicly engaged tech, design, and outreach team focused on enabling new uses of collections and data, collaborating with users on the creation of digital resources, and applying new technologies to library problem-solving.” (NYPL Labs)

The New York Public Library is really rolling with the times here in its digitisation of its archives and manuscripts. It is a very impressive collection of digitised items with no permission required and no restrictions on using them.

Teaching Digital Radio History & Digital Radio Broadcasting

History of Digital Radio mindmap

I have decided that I want to teach radio broadcasting. I will need to be able to teach sound engineering, microphone techniques, radio documentary and radio feature making and sound editing to my students.

This mind map is what I have decided I need to know in order to teach this. I need to know the history of radio broadcasting. I need to know how sound travels. (I need to know Physics for that.) I need to be able to draw diagrams explaining how sound frequencies work, how switches work, what microphones you should use etc.

I am the teacher but I must always remember what the student needs to learn, what skills the student needs to acquire in order to progress onwards into employment in radio.

Presentation Speech

Digital Radio/Online Radio Broadcasting


I’m Mairéad Meade. As you know I am doing the Master’s in Digital Cultures here at UCC. I am a radio broadcaster and I have worked with various radio stations including RTE Radio One, Life FM and UCC’s own radio station, UCC 98.3FM.

Today I am making a presentation of the ideas behind my thesis as a radio broadcaster because my thesis regards online radio broadcasting.

I am now going to let you listen to a clip of the first ever radio broadcast. Here it is…

Presentation Speech December 2015

My thesis concerns online radio broadcasting. To me online radio is the “new” radio station, that being the world of internet radio. I believe everyone will be tuning in online to radio and depending less and less on FM/AM radio broadcasting in the coming years.

My dissertation concerns the exploration of Internet Radio as the new form of radio in a digital world. There were over 4,000 radio stations streaming their content as of April, 2002. And it grew from 14% in 1999 to 23% in 2001. (M.C. Keith The Radio Station – Broadcast, Satellite & Internet. Elsevier Inc. 2007.)

Quoting Wikipedia:
“An April 2008 Arbitron survey showed that, in the US, more than one in seven persons aged 25–54 years old listen to online radio each week. In 2008, 13 percent of the American population listened to the radio online, compared to 11 percent in 2007.

In the fourth quarter of 2012, Pandora and other subscription-based and free Internet radio services accounted for nearly one quarter (23 percent) of the average weekly music listening time among consumers between the ages of 13 and 35, an increase from a share of 17 percent the previous year.

As Internet-radio listening rose among the 13-to-35 age group, listening to AM/FM radio, which now accounts for 24 percent of music-listening time, declined 2 percentage points. In the 36-and-older age group, by contrast, Internet radio accounted for just 13 percent of music listening, while AM/FM radio dominated listening methods with a 41 percent share.” [End of quote]

My thesis will also be an exploration of online radio stations as a new phenomenon in terms of digital cultures worldwide. I am hoping my thesis will explore cultures and background as I endeavour to access online radio listenership figures from all around the world. By using mapping and data collection software, I hope to make some graphs and get an overall impression of these radio listenerships.

My research will provide me with data collected online and through electronic mail and I will have compared and contrasted the effects of the digital world through the revolution of internet radio on varying cultures and traditions internationally. It will also be an exploration from data collected of online radio listenerships worldwide in the hope of coming up with a certain pattern in terms of the geographical positioning of the radio listeners and to prove that the 21st Century’s Radio Station is “The Internet”.

For this data collection, I will be looking at worldwide radio figures but as there are so many countries in the world, I am going to try to deal with the world by breaking it up into the Ireland, the UK, the rest of Europe, then, Asia, America, Africa and Australia If some figures are not found, I will use an estimate or average to draw my conclusions. I envision this data will be collected online and through emails.

As part of my thesis I will recount the history of radio both analogue and digital. I believe this is necessary as part of my research to learn as much as I can about the history of radio broadcasting.

A thesis is really like a mathematical theorem. You have to treat it like a Mathematical equation. First there is data collection, then you find your proof, you draw your conclusions made justified by your evidence. You make your proclamation and you provide the results. It takes time and dedication but I have always been dedicated to radio so I hope I will enjoy the process of making a dissertation.

My digital artifact will be a piece of radio, probably a radio documentary of 30 minutes in duration which will be a final analysis of my results. Hopefully, it will be an interesting way of presenting my results. I look forward to making it.

Just to finish with this slide, it is my belief that laser technology is the future and that lasers will be used much more often from now on and into the future in the world at large. Who knows the power of lasers, yet? As lasers like this one in the video are illegal, I am demonstrating the power of a laser with this short movie.

Thank you.

Online radio presentation

The History of Digital Radio Broadcasting

For the Digital History module, I intend to create a design for a website on “The History of Digital Radio”.

This will include an explanation of what “Digital” means and how “radio broadcasting” has changed with the enhancement of digital tools. My area of speciality is online radio so there will be a section for the history and progress of online radio broadcasting across the world up until now.

I will give examples of success stories in online radio broadcasting and there will be a tutorial on how to set up your own online radio station.

This is work in progress: “The History of Digital Radio”

I made the following video with Adobe Voice on my iPad as an advertisement for my digital history website:

On being a digital humanist…

Digital humanitarianism – Educating: Teaching and Learning in a digital framework

On being a digital humanist:
By Mairéad Meade

“The digital humanities field seems to offer a realm of study for exploring the changing dynamics between the research library and the scholar.” Cunningham, L. (2010)

Wikipedia – “Digital humanities is an area of research and teaching at the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities”

Wikipedia – “The humanities are academic disciplines that study human culture”

I am a radio broadcaster or so I thought until I started this Master’s in Digital Cultures. I never thought I would be calling myself a digital humanist but I realise now that this is what I am fast becoming.

Now I am interested in more than radio broadcasting. I want to be a part of the online world of digital cultures and make a difference. I am now a digital humanist. I want to immerse myself in the digital humanities that study human culture through computers and particularly (for me) via the world wide web’s online radio resources.

“The scholarly field of the digital humanities has recently expanded and integrated its fundamental concepts, historical coverage, relationship to social experience, scale of projects, and range of interpretive approaches. All this brings the overall field (including the related area of new media studies) to a tipping point where it has the potential not just to facilitate the work of the humanities but to represent the state of the humanities at large in its changing relation to higher education in the postindustrial state.”

Liu, A. (2012). The state of the digital humanities A report and a critique. Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, 11(1-2), 8-41.

I hope to teach Radio Broadcasting in higher education at the end of this year as I believe that studying the digital humanities is giving me a broader spectrum on how to teach a digital culture and how to teach how to work with digital tools from the perspective of teaching and learning. Studying the digital humanities is helping me become a better teacher.

“I understand digital humanities as an umbrella term for a diverse set of practices and concerns, all of which combine computing and digital media with humanities research and teaching”.

Jones, S. E. (2013). The emergence of the digital humanities. Routledge.

The emergence of the digital humanities has given me grounds not only to learn but to teach and to specialise my teaching in the area of radio broadcasting towards giving a wider “culture” of digital tools and digital humanities’ knowledge to my future students.

I am learning how to be a teacher and how to channel my digital knowledge in my specialist field of radio broadcasting towards my future students all thanks to this Master’s in Digital Cultures. I am very grateful for this opportunity to learn and to teach.

Crowdsourced History

Crowdsourcing is a very good way of getting the general public to help with the digitising of historical projects. The letters of 1916 project is well under way and knowing that I can contribute to projects like these is comforting. When we think about it, an awful lot has been written down before the computer ever existed. Collecting hand written information and digitising it with the use of crowdsourcing is a very clever idea and admirable, to say the least. It is also a good idea to get the general public involved. “Many hands make light work”.

If I was digitising a project it would be related to my area of interest, radio broadcasting. I am hoping to investigate radio listenerships worldwide since the introduction of the wireless and to see if I can come up with any new ideas as to how listening to the radio is changing due to the introduction of online radio. Ideallly I would like to get data from America, Europe and the rest of the world that I would compile to see how radio listenership has changed in the last century and to find out what radio is used for now.

Is the experience of radio changing or has it changed since the introduction of the internet? I believe it has but I need to prove this by compiling as much data as I can and for me this would be through analysing radio listenerships worldwide, if possible, over the past century.

If I had crowdsourced contribution for this project, it would make my life a whole lot easier. I hope to be able to employ techniques like crowdsourcing in my research and to collect data in order to compile the final results for my dissertation.