The Digital Repository of Ireland


Dr Sandra Collins - DRI

The Digital Repository of Ireland is building an interactive national trusted digital repository for contemporary and historical, social and cultural data held by Irish institutions. The Digital Repository of Ireland will link together and preserve the rich data held by Irish institutions, providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools, for use by the public, students and scholars. DRI is a national e-infrastructure for the future of education and research in the humanities and social sciences.

The DRI Research Consortium comprises the partners: Royal Irish Academy (RIA, lead institute), National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD). We are also supported by a network of academic, cultural, social, and industry partners, including the National Library of Ireland, the National Archives of Ireland and RTE. We are funded with €5.2M from the Higher Education Authority PRTLI Cycle 5, and have also received awards from Enterprise Ireland and the Ireland Funds.

As we approach our first anniversary we have developed a lean prototype and conducted a national programme of stakeholder interviews to determine the digital preservation and access practices in Cultural Institutions, Libraries, Higher Education Institutions, Funding agencies, and more. Our findings shall inform our requirements specification in building the repository, but are also the beginnings of a process to agree national guidelines together with the community. We are working to raise awareness nationally of the need and benefits of digital preservation and open access, whilst respecting and acknowledging ownership, copyright, IP, privacy and confidentiality.

We believe our national mandate is best achieved through partnership, and are building relationships and collaborations with national centres of excellence in digital preservation, and with the cultural and social content owners and custodians.

The Digital Repository of Ireland was originally funded under the name National Audio Visual Repository, NAVR.