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Reports: The Digital Repository of Ireland Series
   

Report on the MoTIF project
DOI:10.3318/DRI.MoTIF.2014.1
 

MoTIF is a collaborative project undertaken by the The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) and the National Library of Ireland (NLI).

The project narrative report gives a detailed overview of the project, including an introduction to the collaborating institutions and thesauri, and outlines the processes undertaken to create MoTIF, the pilot thesaurus of Irish folklore. (Guidelines to using the thesaurus are below).

Thesauri are vital and valuable tools in content discovery, information organisation and retrieval, activities common to all fields including cultural heritage and higher education as well as business and enterprise. Thesauri allow information professionals to represent content in a consistent manner and enable researchers and the public to find this content easily and quickly.

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Report on the Linked Logainm Project
DRI Series no. 3 (Sep 2013)
DOI: 10.3318/DRI.LODer.2013.1
 

The Linked Logainm project has created a Linked Data version of the authoritative bilingual database of Irish place names logainm.ie, which is being developed by Fiontar in collaboration with the Placenames Branch. The new Linked Logainm dataset provides Irish place name data in a structured, computer-readable format which allows its value to be fully exploited by collaborators, web developers, computer scientists, the heritage community and information professionals. It also encourages the international dissemination of Irish language place names which have been given legal status by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.

The Linked Logainm narrative report gives a detailed overview of the project, including an introduction to the collaborating institutions and the Linked Data concept, and outlines the processes undertaken to create the Linked Logainm dataset. It is available in English and Gaeilge versions.

See the LocationLODer website for more on the project and its partners.

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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.

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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.

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Guidelines: The Digital Repository of Ireland Series
   

Choosing Content Management System Technologies
DRI Series no. 6 (Nov 2014)

These guidelines provide information for those working in libraries, archives and other cultural institutions on how to choose a suitable content management system (CMS).

The document outlines the different types of management systems available, gives a breakdown of the advantages and disadvantages of open source versus proprietary software, and provides a checklist for people to conduct in-depth requirements analysis and research.

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MoTIF: Thesaurus Construction Guidelines
DOI:10.3318/DRI.2014.1
DRI Series no. 5 (May 2014)

MoTIF is a collaborative project undertaken by the The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) and the National Library of Ireland (NLI).

These guidelines give professionals the advice they need to improve their own data practices by adhering to international standards and best practices. (The full project report is above).

Thesauri are vital and valuable tools in content discovery, information organisation and retrieval, activities common to all fields including cultural heritage and higher education as well as business and enterprise. Thesauri allow information professionals to represent content in a consistent manner and enable researchers and the public to find this content easily and quickly.

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Using the Linked Logainm Dataset
DRI Series no. 4 (Sep 2013)
DOI:10.3318/DRI.LODer.2013.3

The Linked Logainm dataset is of potential use to any person, project or institution aiming to make content relating to Irish places available on the Web. The publication of logainm.ie data in a structured, computer-readable format allows its value to be re-used by computer scientists, web developers, the heritage community and information professionals.

This project document is a companion to the Report above, and provides use-cases and examples for those who are interested in working with the Linked Logainm dataset, and who have some technical experience. It is available in English and Gaeilge versions.

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DRI Factsheet Series
The Factsheet series reflects brief summaries of ongoing decisions taken by research and implementation staff at the DRI, and will be added to on a regular basis.
 

Follow #DRIFacts on Twitter for more information.

  DRI Factsheet No. 1: Metadata and the DRI (Oct 2013)
DRI Factsheet No. 2: Copyright, Licensing, and Open Access (Feb 2014)
DRI Factsheet No. 3: File Formats (March 2014)
DRI Factsheet No. 4: Long-term Digital Preservation (April 2014)
   

   
Policy
   

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.

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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.
   
   

   
Slides
   
   
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.

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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.

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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.

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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.