Derry firm develops Troubles database app

Professor Brandon Hamber, Director of INCORE, Mike McCool (ICT Officer, INCORE), Dr Martin Melaugh, Research Fellow, INCORE and Mr Anthony Hutton, Senior Lecturer, Art and Design Research Institute.
Professor Brandon Hamber, Director of INCORE, Mike McCool (ICT Officer, INCORE), Dr Martin Melaugh, Research Fellow, INCORE and Mr Anthony Hutton, Senior Lecturer, Art and Design Research Institute.
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A new iPhone app has been launched in Derry detailing memorials relating to the conflict in the North.

The app’s developers say it will make information about the Troubles easily accessible, widely available and invaluable as an educational resource.

The Memorials App project forms part of the CAIN (Conflict Archive on the Internet) Web site and has been developed by Derry firm EyeSpyFX in conjunction with INCORE (International Conflict Research Institute) at Magee.

CAIN has been collated over a fifteen-year period by a team led by Dr Martin Melaugh, Research Fellow with INCORE.

“This easy to use iPhone app was will allow users to view information and photographs about each plaque, memorial stone, memorial enclosure, garden, or statue that has been erected to commemorate conflict-related deaths,” he said.

The memorial information was first made available via the CAIN Web site back in June 2009 but the Memorials App offers a new way to access this material.

“Memorials in Northern Ireland are still evolving and the app has a facility which allows users to send us new information to update our database. We would welcome contributions of photographs of any new memorials, as well as information on changes to existing memorials,” Dr Melaugh added.

EyeSpyFX which is supported by the university’s Office of Innovation, was founded in 2002 and specialises in mobile App development.

In 2010, it launched an iPad App, ‘Ireland; Myths and Legends’ and was one of the first Irish companies to develop an app for the iPad.

The Memorials App is now available to download for free from the iTunes Store.