Monthly Archives: May 2014

Public revenues and expenditure of Ireland in the 18th Century

I’ve opened this thread as a placeholder for comments on the 18th century fiscal dataset. Please feel free to post comments, questions, suggestions etc., here on that database.

A few information points. As of now, this is a ‘soft launch’ of the site and the dataset, while various bits and pieces are finalised, in advance of a full launch in in few months.

One particular issue on the IT side that we’re working on, is to get working DOIs (digital object identifiers) in order to be able to cite the datasets with a unique and unchanging identifier: the DOIs you may see quoted here are temporary (for testing purposes). There’s probably no point in referring to any of these (yet) as they won’t in fact work! Hope to sort this out before long.

More substantively, there are a few gaps in this 18th century dataset (e.g., some large elements of expenditure are missing for around 1697-1702), and above all, this not yet complete or fully usable without some documentation, including a user guide/code book. I’ll also post all of the underlying data on the data server, and not just the basic summary file available for download now. My hope is get through that agenda in the next few weeks. Then I aim to deliver online my three other datasets (two relating to 20th century Irish public finances, one to 19th century local government finances) in the next few months, with a ‘proper’ launch after that.

But in the meantime, all feedback and queries are very welcome.


At the opening of the Hardiman Building

The official opening of the new Hardiman Research Building at NUI Galway on May 1st 2014 provided me with an opportunity and a focal point/deadline to do this first, ‘soft’ launch of the Duanaire web site. The Whitaker Institute generously funded a leaflet:

There was also an opportunity to explain Duanaire — the iPad came in handy for that.

Duanaire at Hardiman building

Left to right: Professor James Browne (President of NUI Galway), Ruairí Quinn TD (Minister for Education and Skills), Dr Aidan Kane (Economics at NUI Galway, Duanaire)

More generally, the Minister and guests got a run-through of the rather impressive range of activities underway at the Hardiman Research Building, in the Moore Institute and the Whitaker Institute. A key exhibit related to the ongoing work on the Abbey Theatre Archive at NUI Galway.

The event was a great showcase also, for the close links between all this work and the facilities and expertise of the James Hardiman Library, reflected not least in the excellent new Special Collections/Archives Reading Room.