The Digital Memoir

NUI Galway Library have embarked on a project that enables you to explore Michael Maurice O’Shaughnessy’s archive through his own distinctive voice. Taking one of the memoir pieces as its foundation stone, Engineering Experiences: From Honolulu to Hetch Hetchy, we have developed an interface that allows you to read the memoir and which prompts you to discover selected items from the digital archive that offer context for that particular story from his life.

There are two ways of navigating the memoir. You can browse it page by page. Or you can use the timeline bar along the top of the page which provides an overview of memoir's content. The memoir is written chronologically, and begins with a description of his childhood and schooling. It concludes to 1912, shortly before his appointment as City Engineer of San Francisco. The timeline is segmented in to episodes from his life, and you can select a segment to be brought to the relevant part of the memoir.


Selected words are highlighted throughout the memoir. When selected, they open a related item from the digital archive. You are also given the option to view them in the context of the digital archive.

This work follows the specifications of the International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF), with a new and innovative timeline navigation application. The IIIF suite of specifications facilitates interoperability between applications that serve, display, and manipulate images. IIIF helps further sharing of images between cultural heritage institutions who provide access to complementary digital resources. View the Digital memoir.