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DRAPIer Projects

A list of projects that were part of DRAPIer.

1641 Depositions Project (01/01/08 - 12/01/10)

This 3-year project aims to transcribe and digitise the Depositions comprising 3,500+ depositions, examinations and associated materials, located in the Library of Trinity College Dublin, in which Protestant men and women of all classes told of their experiences following the outbreak of the rebellion by the Catholic Irish in October, 1641.

Irish confraternities and 1775-1965 (09/01/07 - Open-ended)

This project examines the significant contribution of parish confraternities and associations to the social, cultural and religious identity and history of modern Ireland. In undertaking a study of modern associationalism at parish level down to the 1960s, the dynamic relationship between innovation and tradition will be explored in its many manifestations.

Women in Modern Irish Culture Bibliographic Database and 1800-2005 (07/01/05 - 07/01/07)

The Women in Modern Irish Culture project is a searchable database of the work of Irish women writers during the period 1800-2005. The database includes a whole range of publications, such as novels, articles, poems, memoirs, travel writing, essays, cookery writing, plays, and films. Every known edition of a book, play, or film is listed, along with details of printers and publishers for each work.

Digital Literary Atlas of Ireland and 1922-1949 (09/01/08 - 08/01/10)

The digital atlas project provides literary, historical and cartographic perspectives on Ireland from 1922 to 1949 framed by the works of fourteen Irish writers. This project is based in the Long Room Hub of Trinity College, and drawing upon Trinity Library collections, is hosted in a geographical information system.

A Digital Edition of Táin Bó Fliodhaise (05/01/08 - Open-ended)

A digital edition of the Ulster Cycle tale entitled Táin Bó Fliodhaise is being produced, consisting of a critical edition divided into segments, with corresponding diplomatic readings of the three manuscripts, a translation, notes, and indexes. Digital manuscript images also correspond to each segment. XML is being used to encode the manuscripts and to produce the ‘stacked’ edition.

A Digital Edition of the Alcalá Account Book (02/01/08 - Open-ended)

This project focused on the creation of a digital edition of the 17th c. Alcalá Account Book, from the Irish College of Alcalá de Henares, Spain. We have provided an online, interactive, full-text, searchable version of the manuscript, along with its transcription (Spanish), translation (English) and preservation quality images.

Act of Union Virtual Library (01/01/02 - 01/01/05)

The Virtual Library is a unique collection of pamphlets, newspapers, parliamentary papers & manuscript material contemporary with the 1800 Act of Union between Ireland and Britain. The searchable bibliography results display individual images that can be browsed by turning the pages of each virtual book or document. A free text search is provided for the pamphlets and parliamentary papers. Irish-language biography project (01/01/10 - Open-ended)

An Irish-language biography project developed by Fiontar, DCU, with Cló Iar-Chonnachta, and Diarmuid Breathnach and Máire Ní Mhurchú, original authors. The Dept. of Community, Equality and Gaeltacht Affairs is funding the initial strand to digitize and publish online nine volumes of Irish biographies (1986-2007). A valuable original study comprising biographies of Irish men and women, 1560-2006.

Amharc Éireann News Reel Project (07/01/08 - 07/01/10)

This project - a collaboration between An Foras Feasa, the Irish Film Archive, Gael Linn’s Amharc Éireann collection and Boston College – builds a wiki-based collaborative learning environment around the Amharc Éireann collection (1955-1964). The Amharc Éireann newsreels provide a vivid window into the development of modern Ireland.

Archive of Celtic-Latin Literature (07/01/87 - 09/01/28)

ACLL is in construction as a full-text, searchable database of the Latin literature written by individuals in and from the Celtic-speaking periphery of Europe (Ireland, Wales, Brittany, Cornwall, Scotland and the Isle of Man) in roughly the period 400-1200 C.E. The corpus consists of about 1300 separate texts, varying from fragmentary inscriptions to learned treatises hundreds of pages long.

Ars Apodemica Online (09/01/08 - 09/01/12)

Mellon Foundation, PRTLI4

Art College Student Registers (01/01/05 - 11/01/05)

The Art College Student Registers comprise 150 ledgers spanning the period 1877-1986. Each page of the ledgers has been digitally scanned and the individual names of students, and the academic year of enrollment have been indexed and are available as a searchable database. Approximately 20,000 named individuals have been recorded, providing a unique record of Irish artists and designers.

ArtLog (01/01/08 - 01/01/12)

ArtLog is a resource to facilitate artists to document their artistic process and to record their experiential journey of conceptual enquiry. It is an electronic archive of artistic process that will accrue value over time. The project is based at the Tyrone Guthrie Centre, Annaghmakkerig, Co. Monaghan.

A Calendar of Irish Chancery Letters and c. 1244-1509 (07/01/08 - 06/01/11)

The original rolls of the Irish chancery were destroyed in 1922. CIRCLE provides a reconstruction of these invaluable record. It brings together all known letters enrolled on the Irish chancery rolls during the Middle Ages (1244–1509) using copies, transcripts and calendars ranging in date from the fourteenth to nineteenth centuries. The website also includes sample images of original Mss.

Celtic Digital Initiative (10/01/05 - Open-ended)

The aim of the CELTIC DIGITAL INITIATIVE (CDI) is to make scarce resources in the field of Celtic Studies available in an electronic format to students and scholars, both nationally and internationally.

Christ on the Cross: Textual and Material Representations of the Passion in Medieval Ireland (800-1200) (12/01/08 - 09/01/11)

Christ on the cross' is a multidisciplinary project that includes amongst its ambitions the creation of a database detailing all the images of the Passion surviving from Ireland 800-1200, linked to the texts in which they are described.

Conflict Archive on the INternet (01/01/96 - 10/01/11)

The CAIN Web site provides information and source material on 'the Troubles' and politics in Northern Ireland from 1968 to the present. There is also information on Northern Ireland society.

Corpus of Electronic Texts (01/01/97 - Open-ended)

CELT brings the wealth of Irish literary and historical culture to the Internet. By June 2012, it has a searchable online textbase of 15.2 million words, in Irish, English, Latin, French, German and other languages, encoded in TEI-conformant XML, in over 1270 contemporary and historical documents from many areas, including travel, politics, literature and the other arts.

DHO: Discovery (01/01/08 - Open-ended)

DHO: Discovery is Ireland’s gateway to Irish digital collections and resources. DHO: Discovery supports the interdisciplinary and inter-institutional sharing of knowledge throughout the Humanities Serving Irish Society consortium and across digital research collections of Irish interest. DHO: Discovery provides three principal means of exploration: Search; Browse; and Discover

Digital Resources & Imaging Services (10/01/07 - 06/01/10)

Digital Resources & Imaging Services is a new department dedicated to the creation of digital content from the Trinity College Library Dublin's extensive collections of Early Printed Books and Manuscripts. The DRIS department is currently engaged in the development of a digital library collections online repository to provide open access to these valuable cultural and academic resources.

Directory of Sources for the History of Women in Ireland (10/01/97 - 08/01/01)

The Directory of Sources for the History of Women in Ireland contains information on collections relating to the history of women in Ireland from the earliest times to the present, gathered from public and private repositories in the Republic of Ireland and in Northern Ireland.

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy Online (07/01/09 - 07/01/09)

Documents on Irish Foreign Policy (DIFP) is a project of the Royal Irish Academy, the Department of Foreign Affairs and the National Archives of Ireland and was established in 1997. The project publishes essential source material for anyone interested in the development of Irish foreign policy since 1919. Documents are now freely available and searchable online.

Doegen Records Web Project (09/01/08 - 08/01/11)

This project will publish the Doegen sound archive of native Irish speakers from the early 20th century on the web. The archive consists of over 200 records made during the period 1928-31 and includes speakers from each of the four provinces. Items recorded include stories, songs and prayers.

Earley and Company Archives (01/01/04 - 11/01/06)

This is the archive of one of the largest and most prestigious ecclesiastical decorators in Ireland and the UK which operated out of Dublin offices from 1852-1974. The collection of designs and supporting documentation was donated by the Earley family to the National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) at NCAD between 2002 and 2005. A project to index and digitise the drawings was completed in 2004.

Early Irish Glossaries Project (07/01/06 - 07/01/09)

The Early Irish Glossaries Project is working on new print editions of Sanas Cormaic (Cormac's glossary), O'Mulconry's glossary, Dúil Dromma Cetta and related texts. These were compiled in Ireland from the eighth century, and are important for our understanding of early Irish literary and language studies. The online Early Irish Glossaries Database provides a range of supplementary resources.

electronic Dictionary of the Irish Language (01/01/03 - 12/01/12)

eDIL is an electronic edition of the Royal Irish Academy's Dictionary of the Irish Language, based mainly on Old and Middle Irish. All major discrete data types are tagged, including headword, grammatical information, definitions, citations, translations and bibliographical information. We are currently preparing supplementary and revised entries based on more recent research.

Electronic lexicon of Old Irish (09/01/06 - Open-ended)

This prototype electronic lexicon of Old Irish is the result of research that I carried out investigating how XML can support the advanced search and interrogation of Old Irish historical lexicography, especially in terms of word forms and the complexities of morphology and orthography that are, for historical reasons, so pronounced in Old Irish.

Hiberno-English Archive (01/01/02 - 01/01/05)

This site provides an introduction to the history and grammar of Hiberno-English. It also provides a small number of Hiberno-English related links, and relevant details of Hiberno-English related events, such as public lectures, radio broadcasts and so forth.

HNAG Database of Irish Historical Statistics (01/01/09 - 01/01/19)

An on-line database of Irish historical statistics.

Ireland Illustrated (01/01/09 - 01/01/09)

Creation of a bibliographical database of Illustrated travel accounts on Ireland up to 1850. The database will focus on the images contained in the travel books.

Irish Chronicles - Their Chronology & Synchronisation (03/01/99 - 08/01/15)

This project undertakes to identify the salient chronological features of the principal Irish Chronicles, and then, where possible, to make available an online synchronisation of the entries of these chronicles. For historical research, the most important of these chronicles are the Irish Annals, and to date (July 2009) this synchronisation extends from AD 1 to AD 1591.

Irish Film & TV Research Online (09/01/03 - Open-ended)

Irish Film & TV Research Online is designed to bring together the wide diversity of research material relating to Irish-made cinema and television as well as Irish-themed audio-visual representations produced outside of Ireland. Comprising almost 40,000 film and television entries, it also includes bibliographical and biographical databases.

Irish INC: Images from periodicals of the nineteenth century (10/01/08 - Open-ended)

The project's aim is to create an online database research tool that will provide enhanced user access to a large corpus of visual images from unknown or lesser-known Irish illustrated periodicals published in the nineteenth century. The source material for this project was chosen from selected collections housed in the Russell Library, Maynooth.

Irish Landed Estates (01/01/06 - 01/01/11)

A database of sources, archival and printed, for the study of landed estates and country houses circa 1700-1914. Phase I covering the Province of Connacht complete, work ongoing on Phase II the Province of Munster.

Irish Natural Language Processing Tools (01/01/00 - 01/01/09)

Automatic text processing tools for Irish: Part of Speech Tagger, Dependency Parser and Chunker (partial).

Irish Resources in the Humanities (01/01/99 - Open-ended)

Irish Resources in the Humanities is as a gateway to sites on the World Wide Web that contain substantial content in the various disciplines of the humanities in the area of Irish Studies. As a rule, commercial sites are not linked.

Irish Script on Screen (07/01/99 - 07/01/25)

Digitisation and web delivery of manuscripts in the Irish language, from early to modern times.

Irish Sporting Heritage (11/01/08 - 10/01/10)

The Irish Sporting Heritage Project aims to compile an inventory of Ireland's built sporting heritage, existing and historical, over the last 150 years. The project is funded by the Department of Arts, Sport and Tourism and run by Boston College-Ireland. The project will identify sports of all traditions and social classes and will produce an online database for use by the general public.

Irish Stone Axe Project (01/01/90 - 07/01/09)

The Irish Stone Axe Project (ISAP) was established in 1990 to collect and investigate contextual, morphological and petrological information on all known Irish stone axes. The database is the basis for further research on different aspects of the production, distribution and deposition of Irish stone axes. Current work focuses on preparing the database for online implementation.

Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (01/01/05 - 09/01/10)

The Irish Virtual Research Library & Archive (IVRLA) is a major humanities digitisation and digital object management project launched in UCD in January 2005. The project was conceived as a means to preserve elements of UCD’s repositories and to increase access to this material through the adoption of digitisation technologies.

Líonra Séimeantach na Gaeilge (01/01/05 - Open-ended)

Líonra Séimeantach na Gaeilge (The Irish Language Semantic Network) is a database consisting of Irish words and the semantic relationships among them. It is based on, and linked with, the Princeton WordNet for English.

Metamorphosis: The Irish Metamusic Project (03/01/10 - 03/01/10)

IMP seeks to make the considerable archive of musical scores and audio material held by the Contemporary Music Centre(CMC) digitally available for music research, add scholarly value to the collection, furthering knowledge and understanding of music in 20th and 21st century Ireland and work towards a platform for the digital publication of research on music in Ireland. Partners - SPCD, DKIT, NUIM

Monasticon Hibernicum - a database of early Christian ecclesiastical settlement in Ireland 5th to 12th centuries(10/01/03 - Open-ended)

Monasticon Hibernicum is an on-line database of early Christian ecclesiastical settlement in Ireland from the 5th to the 12th century. The database includes over 5,500 pre-Reform sites with twenty-three data fields including information on site location, associated saints, recorded history, field remains and a bibliography.

MultiText Project in Irish History (05/01/00 - Open-ended)

The MultiText Project (UCC) provides resources for students of Irish History at all levels: University students, the general reader, and second-level students. The project aims to publish a minimum of 12 books, each dealing with a separate period of Irish history. Users can currently access over one million words of text and approx. 3,500 digital images free of charge on the website.

National Irish Visual Arts Library Artists' database (01/01/99 - 08/01/10)

The Artists’ Database was compiled in order to improve public access to NIVAL’s extensive hard copy files of information on 20th century and contemporary Irish artists. The database contains basic biographical and work details abstracted from the information in the hard copy files held in the Library.

National Irish Visual Arts Library Visual Research and Digital Archiving Project (10/01/08 - 09/01/11)

The National Irish Visual Arts Library (NIVAL) was formally established in 1997 to document all aspects of visual art and design in Ireland. The current project aims to improve access to the material by providing cross-searchable finding aids to the special collections online using EAD, and by digitising selected material. NIVAL is jointly funded by NCAD and the Arts Council.

Placenames Database of Ireland ( (04/01/07 - 12/01/12) provides the official Irish-language names of almost 100,000 Irish places, as well as supplementary material such as sound files, background information notes, and educational resources. It is being developed by Fiontar, Dublin City University, in collaboration with the Placenames Branch of the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

Prisons Memory Archive (01/01/09 - 01/01/11)

200 interviews with ex-users of Armagh Gaol and the Maze and Long Kesh Prison returning to the now empty sites recounting their memories. They include prisoners, prison staff, teachers, probations officers, visitors and chaplains.

Seamus Heaney Centre Digital Archive (10/01/06 - Open-ended)

The SHCDA records, collates and preserves public poetry performances and is administered by the Special Collections Department of Queen’s University Belfast University. The aim is to provide an easily managed, searchable database that generates original research. Compiled metadata enables detailed Track File pages, links to related materials, and searches within pre-assigned browse categories.

St Patrick’s Confessio Hypertext Stack Project (09/01/08 - 08/01/11)

The Latin writings of St Patrick are of crucial importance for Irish history and ecclesiastical culture. The Royal Irish Academy’s Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources project has been granted funding under PRTLI, Cycle 4 to construct, online, a hypertext stack that will present different aspects of St Patrick’s work at various levels, closely interlinked passage by passage.

Stormont Papers: 50 years of Northern Ireland Parliamentary Debates Online (01/01/06 - 01/01/07)

This website offers access to the Parliamentary Debates of the devolved government of Northern Ireland from June 7, 1921, to the dissolution of Parliament on March 28 1972.

TEXTE Project (09/01/07 - 08/01/09)

Create four model digital editions: a weekly periodical, the Dublin Penny Journal (1832-36); the correspondence of the painter James Barry; a unique collection of songbooks and popular literature from a farmhouse in County Down; a manuscript medieval statute book from Göttingen.

The National Terminology Database for Irish ( (04/01/11 - 03/01/14) is the national database of Irish-language terminology which FIONTAR developed in collaboration with the Terminology Committee, Foras na Gaeilge.

The OPSIT Project: Charting the Quantitative History of Ireland's Path to Modernity (12/01/08 - 12/01/10)

This project, co-hosted by the Library and Long Room Hub of TCD, is conducting a socio-economic survey of Irish public policy and human development using the Statistical and Social Inquiry of Ireland’s e-Archive. Funded by IRCHSS, it utilises the latest digital library systems to construct a Digital Public Policy Archive plus an interactive resource of historical statistics for future researchers.

The Priscian Glosses and Their Cultural Context (10/01/09 - 10/01/11)

The Latin grammar by Priscian of Caesarea (written c. AD 526–7) was intensely studied in early medieval Ireland, as witnessed in the ninth-century Irish manuscript St Gall 904, which contains a commentary of more than 9,400 glosses in Latin and Old Irish. This project will make available online the first complete transcription of the glosses, as part of a broader study of its cultural relevance.

Thomas MacGreevy Archive (07/01/09 - Open-ended)

The Thomas MacGreevy Archive is a long-term, interdisciplinary research project that explores the life, writings, and relationships of the Irish poet and critic, Thomas MacGreevy (1893-1967).

Thomas Moore Hypermedia Archive (09/01/05 - Open-ended)

The aim of this project is to collect the complete poetical, musical and prose works of Thomas Moore (1779-1852) in the form of an hypermedia archive, publishable in pilot form on the Web. Like a scholarly printed edition the archive will establish reliable texts and annotation based on principles of scholarly editing, but it will also provide a rich network of interconnected electronic materials.

UCDscholarcast (03/01/08 - Open-ended)

UCDscholarcast is a research-oriented podcasting initiative. Our podcasts are studio-recorded to broadcast standard and are aimed at a wide academic audience of scholars, graduate students, undergraduates and interested others. Each scholarcast is accompanied by a downloadable PDF transcript to facilitate citation in written academic work.

Wordloca: Reading Old English (01/01/08 - 12/01/09)

An online Old English project to motivate students by providing attractive and user-friendly resources to inspire a creative and fulfilling engagement with language learning. It exploits the potential within digital media to bring together textual, material and audio-visual stimuli on a single page and to create networks and learning communities between and within the institutions involved.

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