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About the DRI

The Digital Repository of Ireland is the national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social and cultural data. The repository links together and preserves both historical and contemporary data held by Irish institutions, providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools. As a national e-infrastructure for the future of education and research in the humanities and social sciences, DRI is available for use by the public, students and scholars.

The Digital Repository of Ireland is built by a research consortium of six academic partners working together to deliver the repository, policies, guidelines and training. These research consortium partners are: 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). DRI is also supported by a network of academic, cultural, social, and industry partners, including the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) and RTÉ. Originally awarded €5.2M from the Higher Education Authority PRTLI Cycle 5 for the period of 2011-2015, DRI has also received awards from Enterprise Ireland, Science Foundation Ireland, The European Commission's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) and the Ireland Funds, and has extended its funding out to 2019.

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



The Digital Repository of Ireland is an interactive trusted digital repository for contemporary and historical, social and cultural data held by Irish institutions.



  • The Digital Repository of Ireland links together and preserves the rich data held by Irish institutions, providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools.

  • DRI is an educational resource used by the public, students and scholars, and will provide preservation and access services for our stakeholders and partners.

  • DRI acts as a focal point for the development of national guidelines and policy for digital preservation and access. 


Work Packages & Deliverables

The work programme of the DRI is divided into ten work packages organised into four strands. Each package has an institutional lead partner to co-ordinate and drive the research. Each strand has an overall co-ordinating committee to ensure that work across related work packages is consistent with the desired aims and objectives of the project.

Strand 1 - Management
Strand 2 - Context
Strand 3 - Design and Implementation
Strand 4 - Rollout - Support, Access & Development