Digital Repository of Ireland Launched

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The Digital Repository of Ireland, a trusted national infrastructure for the preservation, curation and dissemination of Ireland’s humanities, social sciences, and cultural heritage data, was officially launched on Thursday 25 June 2015.

The Digital Repository of Ireland is built by a research consortium of six academic partners working together to deliver the repository, policies, guidelines and training. These research consortium partners are: Royal Irish Academy (RIA, lead institute), Maynooth University (MU), Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG), and National College of Art and Design (NCAD). DRI is also supported by a network of academic, cultural, social, and industry partners, including the National Library of Ireland (NLI), the National Archives of Ireland (NAI) and RTÉ.

Service interruption to Dawsonera ebooks

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Dawsonera, one of Ulster Library’s e-book suppliers, is planning essential maintenance work this weekend.

Selected Library e-books will be unavailable from 14:30- 15:30 on Sunday 21st June.

E-resources from the Library’s other suppliers will be unaffected. If you experience problems or need further information contact your Librarian.

The Library Subject Team

Raising Ulster’s profile in healthcare engineering

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Alan Kennedy, a PhD student from Ulster, has won a top award for wearable tech in the field of healthcare.

Under the auspices of the Nanotechnology and Integrated Bioengineering Centre (NIBEC) and supported by the Department of Employment and Learning, Alan’s sensor technology research will develop a low-cost, disposable solution for monitoring abnormal heart rhythms.

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has awarded Alan a £10,000 scholarship in recognition of the value of his research.

Speaking about his award, Alan said:

“The £10,000 scholarship will be used to further develop my research for application in the global healthcare sector. As well as this it will facilitate international research visits with partnering institutes, allowing for collaboration with some of the world-leading experts in the area of wearable health technologies.

Congratulations from the Library Subject Team.

From Rocks to Ridges

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Dr Paul Dunlop and Dr Peter Wilson from Ulster University’s School of Environmental Sciences, in conjunction with colleagues from Geological Survey of Northern Ireland and Mountaineering Ireland, have combined their academic expertise and enthusiasm for mountain landscapes, to compile a stunning new guide – ‘From Rocks to Ridges’.

Funded by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency, the guide is a valuable companion for walkers and climbers.  It features a geological map with accompanying text and photographs that explore linkages between rocks, soils and landforms. It is intended to aid identification of key landscape features that can be seen in the uplands of the north of Ireland and in other upland areas around the world.

Mountaineering Ireland, the governing body for the sport will be distributing the guide through affiliated clubs and societies to reach their 13,000 members and the general public.

A copy of the guide is also available for download from the Ulster Institutional Repository.

[Excerpted from Ulster Insight]