Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI)

NUI Galway has an active role in the development of the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) – a role which is shared by Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge, the Moore Institute and the Huston School of Film and Digital Media. DRI is an interactive trusted digital repository for contemporary and historical. It is the digital infrastructure that will link together and preserve the rich and varied humanities and social science data held by Irish Institutions, and provide a central access point and multimedia tools to research and interact with archived data. DRI will allow the public, students and scholars to access and research the history, cultural heritage and social life of Ireland in ways never possible before. It will also act as a focal point with the community for the development of a National Digital Policy.

DRI is an exchequer-funded project, funded by the Irish Government's PRTLI cycle 5 for €5.2M over four years, and started in September 2011. As well as NUI Galway, DRI funded partners are the Royal Irish Academy (RIA, lead institute), National University of Ireland Maynooth (NUIM), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) and National College of Art and Design (NCAD). The DRI was originally funded under the name of National Audio Visual Repository (NAVR).

At NUI Galway, we are contributing to the development of a digital archival infrastructure that will place a particular emphasis on the delivery of Irish-language contemporary audio-visual content to a wide audience, which includes researchers, students and the general public. The content will revolve around unique features of traditional music (in various forms and formats), the Irish Oral Tradition and our indigenous maritime heritage. The project involves developing the infrastructure, collation and contextualization of content, and policy development and implementation.