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The DIB will be free-to-access in spring 2021

The Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB), a hugely important national and international resource for scholars of Irish society, history and culture, is moving its digital corpus of nearly 11,000 biographical entries to a new purpose-built, free-to-access repository in mid-March 2021.

Since its launch in 2009, the DIB online has been available for institutions to purchase through a platform provided by Cambridge University Press (CUP), who also publish the hard copy volumes of the DIB (eleven to date).

In mid-March 2021, the DIB online will move to an ‘open access’ model, making the entire corpus freely available to all users.

We are immensely grateful to Cambridge University Press for beginning the digital journey with us: hosting the DIB online for over a decade and for working with us to add hundreds of new entries to the corpus since 2009. We thank too those DIB purchasers who through their annual content fees have made this resource available to so many, and whose long support is now enabling us to take this new step, making the Dictionary free to all.

The DIB is one of the academic research projects managed by the Royal Irish Academy, with funding from the Higher Education Authority. The open access website project is part-funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, with support from Dublin City Libraries. Additional support to sustain and develop the DIB’s digital corpus will also be sought.

As part of the open access project, the DIB team is trying to contact as many former contributors as we can to let them know their work will be available to a wider readership from next year, and to invite them  to submit corrections to any factual errors (e.g. wrong names, wrong dates) that they may have become aware of since the biographies were first published. We expect such corrections to be minimal. There will of course be instances where new scholarship and research has been undertaken since some entries were written, and contributors may want to implement more detailed revisions of their work. When the website has been launched, a new process for contributors to submit revisions will be in place.

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