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Reports: The Digital Repository of Ireland Series

Caring for Digital Content: Mapping International Approaches
DRI Series no. 2 (Sep 2013)
DOI: 10.3318/DRI. 2013.1

This report maps emerging international approaches to caring for digital data. The repositories selected in this mapping fall into three categories: the metadata aggregator, the single-site repository, and the multi-site repository, and this report documents examples from each model.

For anyone seeking information on the range of approaches to caring for digital data, this report documents key developments in the field, key organisations and information providers from different domains, and includes a brief overview of current EU digital preservation projects.


Digital Archiving in Ireland: National Survey of the Humanities and Social Sciences
DRI Series no. 1 (Oct. 2012)

The first in our Digital Repository of Ireland series, this report documents current digital archiving practices in Ireland. Based on interviews with 40 institutions across the country, the report provides an invaluable snapshot of digital preservation activities, including common metadata standards, vocabularies, file formats, databases, content management systems, and user tools. The research in this report is influencing the development of DRI's repository, guidelines, and policies.

The report was launched on 23rd October, 2012 by Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills with responsibility for Research & Innovation, at our first major conference, Realising the Opportunities of Digital Humanities. See press release and video of launch.


DRI Factsheet Series
DRI Factsheet No. 1: Metadata and the DRI (Oct 2013)
Statements, decisions, and positions on metadata taken by the DRI.


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DRI Position Statement on Open Access for Data
Published February, 2014

This statement explains the Digital Repository of Ireland's position on open access for data. Parts of this statement were previously published by the Royal Irish Academy as part of their Open Access series.

On Tuesday 23rd of October, the National Principles for Open Access Policy Statement was launched by Sean Sherlock, TD, Minister of State, Department of Enterprise, Jobs & Innovation and Department of Education & Skills, at our Realising the Opportunities of Digital Humanities workshop. The statement was prepared by the National Steering Committee on Open Access Policy, of which the DRI is a member. The committee is working in partnership to coordinate activities and to combine expertise at a national level to promote unrestricted, online access to outputs which result from research that is wholly or partially funded by the State.

Conference Presentations
Conference Presentations made by DRI staff on the research and outreach activities of the Repository are available at our Slideshare account.

Conference Curation
On November 1, 2013, we hosted the Digital Preservation Coalition to deliver a workshop on 'Getting Started in Digital Preservation'. Our co-organisers were the Health Sciences Library Group and the Academic and Special Libraries Section of the Library Association of Ireland. The workshop had 90 participants with several more on the waiting list.

Here is the social media conversation that accompanied the event.

On May 7, 2013, we hosted a panel discussion on Open Access to Humanities Data at the Royal Irish Academy.

Here is the social media conversation that accompanied the event.

On April 9-10, 2013, DRI co-organised EDF2013, the annual meeting of the European Data Forum, held at Croke Park in Dublin.

Following the conference, DRI and DERI (Digital Enterprise Research Institute, NUI Galway) published a curated and annotated social media companion to the event.

media mashup Following our Realising the Opportunities of Digital Humanities event in October 2012, we released an online companion to the conference in the form of a 'media mashup'. It has videos of the speakers, slides from their presentations, and a Twitter narrative of each panel. If you missed the conference, or have been searching for that elusive URL mentioned by a speaker, you will find it all here in the Mashup.