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Digital Repository of Ireland and National Archives, Ireland

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is a national trusted digital repository (TDR) for Ireland’s social and cultural data. The repository provides sustained acess to unique and important collections from a variety of organisations including higher education institutions, cultural institutions, government agencies, and specialist archives. In addition to providing trusted digital repository services, the DRI is also Ireland’s research centre for best practices in digital archiving, repository infrastructures, preservation policy, research data management and advocacy at the national and European levels. DRI contributes to policy making nationally (e.g. via the National Open Research Forum and the IRC), and internationally, including European Commission expert groups, the Digital Preservation Coalition, DARIAH, and the OECD.

 

The National Archives, Ireland collects, manages and preserves the public record of Ireland, ensuring its availability both as a resource and to safeguard citizens’ rights. The National Archives was established on 1 June 1988 following the amalgamation of the State Paper Office (SPO) (est. 1702) and the Public Record Office of Ireland (PROI) (est. 1867), Following the establishment of the modern Irish state in 1922, the PROI and SPO continued to function until the enactment of the National Archives Act, 1986, which transferred their functions and holdings to the newly established National Archives. Under this legislation, records of Government Departments and their agencies are transferred to the National Archives when they are 30 years old.

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