Welcome to the beta version of CODECS: Online Database and e-Resources for Celtic Studies.or simply prepend ‘Collaborative’ if you happen to dislike recursive acronyms While its name and design are indeed new, this website continues the collection of digital resources, including the selgā catalogue and Tionscadal na Nod, which was formerly accommodated on the main website of the A. G. van Hamel Foundation for Celtic Studies (itself now at www.vanhamel.nl/stichting). The project is still published by the Foundation and directed by board member Dennis Groenewegen.
As you may have read over at www.vanhamel.nl, this part of the website needed to be taken offline while a major transition was in force. This was not so much a technical issue as a matter of insufficient resources at our disposal (remember that the project has carried on without any outside funding). A combination of unfortunate circumstances, however, led to a considerably longer period of delay than anticipated. It was in the middle of a series of scheduled activities when I had to devote more of my time and energy to a grievous personal situation. At this time, my father, who had been suffering from malignant mesothelioma, was becoming increasingly weaker every day. He sadly passed away on the 29th of April.
The release of a beta version might seem premature, but I found myself a little overwhelmed by the many messages that have reached me lately. Many visitors, in fact, seem to have been relying on the availability of the website. I have, therefore, decided to reopen it even in its unfinished, somewhat unsteady state. Obviously, this comes with a hefty disclaimer, but most of you should be able to find your way around these parts as you used to.