The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh Ríoga na hÉireann champions research. We identify and recognise Ireland’s world class researchers. We support scholarship and promote awareness of how science and the humanities enrich our lives and benefit society. We believe that good research needs to be promoted, sustained and communicated. The Academy is run by a Council of its members. Membership is by election and considered the highest academic honour in Ireland.

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About the Digital Repository of Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is an interactive, trusted digital repository for social and cultural content held by Irish institutions. By providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools, the DRI facilitates engagement with contemporary and historical data, allowing the public, students, and scholars to research Ireland’s cultural heritage and social life in ways never before possible. As a national digital infrastructure, the DRI is working with a wide range of institutional stakeholders to link together and preserve Ireland’s rich and varied humanities and social science data.

The DRI also acts as a focal point for digital best practices by collaborating on the development of guidelines, monitoring, implementing and communicating international best practices, and working to inform national policy on digital preservation and access. The DRI promotes awareness of the benefits of preservation and open access to data, while respecting the importance of ownership, copyright, intellectual property, privacy and confidentiality.

The DRI began as a PRTLI Cycle 5 research project in 2011, when it received funding from the Irish Government for €5.2M over four years. The DRI is now funded directly by the Department of Education and Skills via the Higher Education Authority (HEA) and the Irish Research Council through a grant to the The Royal Irish Academy. Trinity College Dublin and Maynooth University are partners in the DRI.”

The DRI was launched in 2011, when it received funding from the Irish Government's PRTLI cycle 5 for €5.2M over four years. The Royal Irish Academy is the lead partner in the DRI consortium, which is also composed of the following partners: National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD).

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