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DRAPIer was an interactive database of Irish digital humanities projects. It made projects of interest findable by searching for keywords or browsing by the facets listed on each page.

DRAPIer also documented the methods, formats and standards that were being used by the projects so that new projects could learn to use similar techniques, or so established projects could find related work in their field. The controlled vocabularies used by DRAPIer were based on those developed for ICT Guides and implemented by at the Centre for eResearch, King's College London. Refinement of the vocabularies was ongoing and the Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) was actively contributing to this work.

DRAPIer welcomed projects that were:

  • affiliated with a higher education or cultural institution on the island of Ireland, or a higher education or cultural institution outside of Ireland that had created digital resources focusing on Ireland or Irish studies;
  • involving digital arts, humanities, or humanities/science interdisciplinary research and;
  • mandated to produce, or have produced, substantially extant digital content or deliverables.

Terms of Agreement

Read the terms and conditions relating to DRAPIer.

About The Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) and Humanities Serving Irish Society (HSIS)

The Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO) was a knowledge resource providing outreach and education on a broad range of digital humanities topics. It provided data management, curation, and discovery services supporting the long-term access to, and greater exploitation of, digital resources in the creation of new models, methodologies and paradigms for 21st-century scholarship.

Humanities Serving Irish Society (HSIS) was a consortium of third level institutions funded under cycle four of the Programme of Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI). The HSIS initiative was a partnership of equals committed to developing an inter-institutional research infrastructure for the humanities. Consisting of the Royal Irish Academy, Queen's University, Belfast, University of Ulster, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and the University of Limerick.

The DHO and HSIS were both funded under PRTLI4 and thank the HEA, DES and the EU for the funding assistance that has made DHO: Discovery and these initiatives possible. The DHO is a member of the Humanities Serving Irish Society (HSIS).


As of August 30, 2013, the activities of Digital Humanities Observatory have ceased and since then, the original website for the DRAPIer has been unpublished. As a result, the files necessary to enable individuals to run this site themselves are available as a downloadable zip. Please see below instructions for details.


"This site uses a JavaScript framework called Exhibit ( developed by MIT. In order to work, the data, stored in a file called data.json, must be hosted on a web server. For this reason, most of the site content and functionality will not be available when hosting the entire site locally on a user's own computer.  To enable the full functionality of this site, the site should be hosted on a web server.  Ensure the following:

  1. Unzip the website using your prefered software package.
  2. Ensure you have access to a web server (this would usually be hosted on a hosting service such as Blacknight or a Cloud-based solution such as Amazon Web Services).
  3. Copy the entire contents of the website to an accessible location on your web server (either in or below the web root) using an FTP client (such as WinSCP or Cyberduck).
  4. Access the site by navigating to the index.html page, e.g.

Alternatively, if you do not want to access the full site externally, you can host only the site data file externally. You will still need access to a web server, but you need only copy the data.json file to your web server. If you do this:

  1. Take note of the fully qualified web address of this file, e.g.
  2. In every HTML file where the line: <link href="data.json" type="application/json" rel="exhibit/data" /> appears, replace the reference to the data file with the new location, e.g.: <link href="" type="application/json" rel="exhibit/data" />

Please note that due to changes in the licensing model for Google Maps, mapping functionality may not work as intended.


As of August 31st, 2013, the activities of the Digital Humanities Observatory have ceased. Any queries about this project should be directed to the Royal Irish Academy at

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