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DRI short-listed for 2016 eGovernment Award!

DRI are delighted to announce that we have been short-listed for a 2016 Ireland eGovernment Award!

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) has been shortlisted in the category of 'Promoting Ireland Overseas' in the 2016 Ireland eGovernment Awards. These awards are now in their 14th year and are designed to recognise excellence and innovation by public sector bodies who are pioneering change in the delivery of eGovernment services in Ireland.

As Ireland’s national trusted digital repository for humanities and social science data, DRI has been facilitating and promoting long-term preservation of and access to our cultural heritage since its official launch in June 2015.  The repository links together and preserves both historical and contemporary data held by Irish institutions, providing a central internet access point and interactive multimedia tools. As a national e-infrastructure for the future of education and research in the humanities and social sciences, DRI is available for use by the public, students and scholars. To explore the repository, go to https://repository.dri.ie/

This is not the first time DRI has come to the attention of the eGovernment Awards – in 2015, both the DRI and our Inspiring Ireland project were shortlisted in a number of categories. DRI won the event’s Overall Award, which includes the finalists from all projects and organisations shortlisted for an award in 2014. Inspiring Ireland also won awards in two specific categories, including ‘Promoting Ireland Overseas,’ and ‘Open Source’. The awards were presented on January 29th 2015 by An Taoiseach Enda Kenny during a gala event at Dublin Castle. Since then, Inspiring Ireland has entered its next phase, Inspiring Ireland 1916: presenting a brand new series of exhibitions of cultural artefacts, stories and interpretation surrounding the events of 1916. For more information and to explore the exhibitions, go to http://www.inspiring-ireland.ie/

The Ireland eGovernment Awards are presented to institutions, agencies and services which are judged to have delivered the most innovative online services for Ireland’s citizens. They reward innovation and forward thinking across a broad range of categories. The awards are open to state agencies, local authorities and public sector departments, and to private sector companies who partner on eGovernment projects. The Awards are run in association with premier sponsor, eir Business, and by hosts Marketfinder and the Public Sector Times.

The winners of the 2016 eGovernment Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 29 January 2016 in Dublin Castle.