As we move towards the holidays, we're delighted to announce that Trinity College Dublin, the National Archives, National University of Ireland, Galway and the National College of Art & Design / National Irish Visual Arts Library have all become Members of DRI under our Membership Model, launched earlier this year. This brings to 11 the number of Members in 2018 alone, and we will be making more exciting membership announcements in 2019!
Trinity College Dublin is one of three core consortium institutions that make up DRI, and have previously deposited a number of collections in the repository, including the Clarke Stained Glass Studios Collection, deposited by TCD Library in 2015.
Commenting on the National Archives' membership, NAI director John McDonough said:
"The National Archives has been a long term partner with DRI and worked extensively with DRI on the Inspiring Ireland online exhibitions.
Our membership builds on this partnership and provides the National Archives with access to knowledge and training, the ability to leverage added value services and raise awareness of our significant collections."
John Cox, University Librarian at NUI Galway, said of NUIG's membership:
"Membership of DRI will enable NUI Galway to benefit from shared expertise, training and infrastructures focused on publication and preservation of digital collections and datasets.”
Donna Romano, Head Librarian, The Edward Murphy Library and NIVAL at NCAD said:
"NIVAL has been engaged with DRI since its inception, with the provision of the Kilkenny Design Workshops demonstrator project for the launch of the repository in 2015. Opportunities for training and access to best practice guidelines have provided us with the knowledge base to develop and care for our digital assets. Once ingested into DRI, our collections are guaranteed increased visibility for scholarship and benefit from interoperability with other cultural heritage collections. As we work toward the development of our own digital collection strategy, membership of DRI will ensure global access and the long-term preservation of our assets for generations to come."
DRI Director Natalie Harrower and all the DRI Team welcome our new members and look forward to working together on preserving and making available a wealth of exciting cultural heritage and research material.
For more information on DRI Membership, see our Membership page.