Digital Repository of Ireland Launched


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.

Evaluating Research – Some Interesting Perspectives

A couple of short articles published recently in Research Professional  give an indicator on the  different ways that research impact is being measured.

Beyond the CV: letting academics tell their own stories  by Mike Thelwall describes a project that goes beyond a list of research publications to better evaluate research work and its impact.  The Acumen Portfolio is an EU funded project that allows researchers to compile details about their expertise, outputs and impacts above and beyond the h-index.

The second article, Old metrics or altmetrics? by Jonathan Adams, looks at the rise of alternatives to the traditional citation tools.

Free registration is required to access the articles above.

If you are interested in finding out more about ‘altmetrics’, please see our Library guide on research and impact for more information.


Image for CORE logoCORE (COnnecting REpositories) aims to facilitate free access to scholarly publications distributed across many systems.   CORE is the UK’s first open access full-text search engine to aid research and searches the full text of millions of scholarly articles held in 142 approved academic repositories. 

World Bank Repository Now Available

The World Bank’s Open Knowledge Repository is now freely available at  The OKR contains research from thousands of works including: World Bank published books from 2009-2012, Policy Research Working Papers (PRWP) from 2009-2012, Economic and Sector Work (ESW) studies from 2009-2012 & Journal articles from 2007-2010 published in World Bank Economic Review (WBER) and World Bank Research Observer (WBRO).

DRAPIer: Digital Research And Projects in Ireland

DRAPIer is an interactive database of Irish digital humanities projects. You can find projects of interest by searching for keywords or browsing by the facets listed on the right hand side of each page.

DRAPIer is a project of the Royal Irish Academy.

RIAN – Ireland's National Portal for Open Access Research

Rian is a searchable catalogue of full-text research material from DCU, NUIG, NUIM, TCD, UCC, UCD, UL.

Its aim is to harvest to one portal the contents of the Institutional Repositories of the seven university libraries, in order to make Irish research material more freely accessible, and to increase the research profiles of individual researchers and their institutions.