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ILA Podcast, 8: Orla Egan: Cork LGBT Archive September 21, 2020

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Irish Left Archive Podcast - Episode 8, with Orla Egan

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In this episode we are joined by Orla Egan of the Cork LGBT Archive. Orla founded the project in 2015, and has developed it to now encompass a digital archive available at CorkLGBTArchive.com , which is also retained as part of both the Digital Repository of Ireland  and Europeana ; a physical archive now housed in the Cork City Council Public Museum; a book entitled Queer Republic of Cork; and a number of exhibitions.

We talk to Orla about how she developed the archive as a volunteer with limited resources to the multi-format project it now encompasses; the histories and stories of the Cork LGBT community represented in the archive material; the challenges of a community archive project; and the value of community archives as activism.

These are the open projects and tools for archives mentioned by Orla:

  • Omeka  – open source platform for digital collections
  • Homosaurus  – an international LGBTQ linked data vocabulary

Some materials from the Cork LGBT Archive mentioned in this episode:


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