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Contributions of Material to the CAIN Web Site

Introduction

Much of the content of the CAIN web site is of three main types:

  • contributions of previously published material (chapters from books, academic articles, pamphlets, etc); this forms the bulk of the information on the CAIN site [example]
  • material written by the Project Team [example]
  • material written especially for CAIN by other people [example]
CAIN welcomes contributions of material which cover aspects of the Northern Ireland conflict, politics, or society. Anyone who has had a book or an article on Northern Ireland published, or who is about to publish material, may wish to consider allowing a section of that work to be made available at the CAIN site. The CAIN site attracts users from over 50,000 unique sites each month and they generate over 480,000 'hits' per month. Copyright permission would need to be obtained from publishers, editors, and authors, of work to be considered for inclusion at the CAIN site, but the copyright would remain with the original holder. A list has been prepared of those people and organisations that have provided material for the CAIN web site.

The Project Team is also interested in contributions of source material. Material in the form of leaflets, pamphlets, statements, posters, booklets, photographs, etc., would be welcomed. The material would be scanned and returned to the original owner.

Those who wish to write an article especially for the CAIN site should consult the guidelines below.

If you are interested in making a contribution of material to the CAIN site you should contact the CAIN Director:

Dr Martin Melaugh
CAIN Director
Room MD141, INCORE
Northland Road
DERRY / LONDONDERRY
Northern Ireland
BT48 7JL

T: 00 44 (0)28 7167 5517
E: m.melaugh@ulster.ac.uk

Guidelines for Contributing Articles

While it is not the intention of the CAIN Project to provide the type of service associated with electronic journals, the Project Team would welcome articles on aspects of the Northern Ireland conflict, politics, or society. The Project Team would particularly welcome articles on those events and issues listed in Appendix 1 (see below). The draft guidelines below provide information on the type of articles required and the conditions under which it would be accepted.

Each contribution submitted will be considered for inclusion at the CAIN web site but preference will be given to those articles which are:

  • Written in an academic style (including references where appropriate)
  • Between 1,000 and 5,000 words
  • Based on one of the 'Key Events' or 'Key Issues' listed below (see appendix 1)
  • A review of the topic chosen
  • Submitted in electronic form by email or on a disk
  • Accompanied by copyright clearance for use at the CAIN site

Copyright for the contribution would remain with the author(s). The author(s) would have to provide clearance for the article to be 'published' at the CAIN web site. The author(s) would be free to publish, post or mirror the article at another Internet site (or publish in paper form) provide the custodians of the site were aware of the use of the material on the CAIN Archive. The author(s) should also note that the article would be made freely available to those consulting the CAIN service but those downloading the material would be informed that the text is the copyright of the author(s).

A standard disclaimer would be included which would inform anyone consulting the article that the views expressed were those of the author(s) and not necessarily those of members of the CAIN Project.


Appendix 1 List of Topic Areas of Particular Interest to the CAIN Project

Key Events

The initial plan is to provide in-depth coverage of five Key Events from the conflict and also to include less extensive information about a further eleven events. The format of the proposed web pages for each of the Key Events will be similar. Those consulting a particular Key Event will find ; a set of main web pages, a summary, a chronology, background information, details of the organisations and individuals who were prominent during the particular events, a bibliography, and a list of source material. The five main periods are:

  • The emergence of the Civil Rights Campaign (1964 to 1972)
  • Internment (1971 to 1975)
  • The Ulster Workers' Council Strike (1974)
  • The Hunger Strikes (1980 to 1981)
  • The evolving Peace Process (1988 to the present)

The other events to be covered by the CAIN archive, are: the Derry March (5 October 1968); the People's Democracy March (1 January 1969 to 4 January 1969); the Deployment of British Troops (14 August 1969); 'Bloody Sunday' (30 January 1972); 'Bloody Friday' (21 July 1972); the Introduction of Direct Rule (30 March 1972); the Sunningdale Agreement (6 December 1973 to 9 December 1973); the IRA Truce (9 February 1975 to 23 January 1976); the United Unionist Action Council (UUAC) Strike (3 May 1977 to 13 May 1977); the Anglo-Irish Agreement (15 November 1985); the Brooke / Mayhew Talks (9 January 1990 to 10 November 1992); the Omagh Bomb (15 August 1998)

Key Issues

A number of Key Issues have been identified and it is the intention of the Project Team to make a range of information available on these issues. A feature of the issues selected is the fact that they have been important for much of the period of the conflict. Many of these issues have been at the core of the social fracture experienced in Northern Ireland. The intention is to provide an overview of the issue which would include: background, outline of main themes during the past 30 years, main areas of contention, official statistics, short chronology, and a bibliography and a list of source material. The depth of coverage will vary for each of the issues. The list (as it currently stands) is as follows.

  • Education
  • Employment
  • Housing
  • Law and Order Issues
    • Administration of Justice
    • Security
    • Violence
  • The Media and the Conflict
  • Parades and Marches in Northern Ireland
  • Policy Initiatives
  • Political Initiatives
  • Political Parties and the Electoral System
  • The Role of Women

Other Elements of the Archive

In addition to the information on Key Events and Issues a number of other elements will be provided in the archive. Many of these elements will provide background information for those new to the subject area.

  • Main introduction to the CAIN archive
  • Background information on the Project
  • Chronology of main events
  • Searchable database of those killed during the conflict
  • A comprehensive bibliography
  • Abstracts on prominent individuals
  • Abstracts on prominent organisations
  • Details of acronyms
  • Glossary of terms
  • Guide to those researching and writing about the conflict
  • Brief contextual information on Northern Ireland society
  • Guide to sources of data that are available for secondary analysis
  • Some personal accounts of 'the Troubles'
  • The representation of the conflict in the arts
  • Photographs of Northern Ireland and of 'the Troubles'
  • Murals in Northern Ireland
  • Use of Symbols in Northern Ireland
  • Examples of Posters 1968-1999
  • Maps of Northern Ireland
  • Other links on the Internet for those interested in the conflict


CAIN contains information and source material on the conflict and politics in Northern Ireland.
CAIN is based within the University of Ulster.


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