Shawn Day blends the aesthetic and informative as an entrepreneur, digital historian, economist. Raised in Canada, he now lectures at University College Cork, fostering Irish scholarship in Digital, Spatial and Medical Humanities and Social Computing. He was most recently Project Manager of the Digital Humanities Observatory with the Royal Irish Academy.
His personal research explores the social and economic circumstances of the nineteenth century retail liquor trade and it's impact on family. He applies digital, spatial and social network analysis to the relationships between credit, respectability, and order in the Victorian community. Recent articles have examined the social dimensions of the Victorian public mental hospital using GIS and statistical modeling tools. Shawn has been involved in a number of successful and innovative digital humanities projects. These include large manuscript census databases in the 1871/1891 census project (University of Guelph), the national TAPoR text analysis portal project, the Canadian Network for Economic History (CNEH) and the Network for Canadian History and the Environment (NiCHE).
Shawn has blended his background in management economics with an entrepreneurial ethos to found a number of successful software development ventures in Canada and bringing this experience to academic pursuits.