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DRI has made significant connections to a number of international organisations and e-infrastructures prominent in the fields of digital preservation, digital humanities, social sciences and data sharing. It is our belief that national best practices, which we promote through the development of our repository, community engagement, and the publication of guidelines, are best informed in dialogue with international best practices.

Here are some of the organisations to which we belong or contribute, listed alphabetically:


ALLEA, the federation of All European Academies, was founded in 1994 and currently brings together 55 Academies in 43 countries from the Council of Europe region. Member Academies operate as learned societies, think tanks and research performing organisations. They are self- governing communities of leaders of scholarly enquiry across all fields of the natural sciences, the social sciences and the humanities. ALLEA therefore provides access to an unparalleled human resource of intellectual excellence, experience and expertise.

DRI Director Dr. Natalie Harrower was appointed Chair of the ALLEA E-Humanities Working Group in March 2016. The group will be working to support and promote e-Humanities, and to contribute to the European Open Science agenda.


The Archives and Records Association, Ireland, is the lead professional body for archivists, archive conservators and records managers in Ireland. It aims to support its membership through training, continued professional development, identification of employment opportunities, professional help and advice. Through its members the ARA is committed to working for high standards in the provision of and care of archives and effective management of record systems including the retrieval of information from them.

DRI is an institutional member of ARAI and occasionally co-hosts events.




The purpose of BISA (British and Irish Sound Archives) is to facilitate the exchange of information on all practical aspects of audio archiving in the United Kingdom, the Republic of Ireland, the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man, and to co-ordinate activity deemed by the membership to be in support of their professional interests.

DRI is a member of BISA, and was invited to present at their 2013 conference. Read the slides.


DARIAH, the Digital Research Infrastructure for the Arts and Humanities, aims to enhance and support digitally-enabled research and teaching across the humanities and arts.

DRI is leading the Irish representation in the VCC3 (Virtural Competency Centre) strand entitled "Scholarly Content,"  Dr. Sandra Collins was the Task Leader for "Best Practices", and Dr. Natalie Harrower and Dr. Aileen O'Carroll have contributed.


DASISH, Data Service Infrastructure for the Social Sciences and Humanities brings together all 5 ESFRI research infrastructure initiatives in the social sciences and humanities (SSH) The goal of DASISH is to determine areas of cross-fertilization and synergy in the infrastructure development all five communities are entering into as of the beginning of 2012 and to work on concrete joint activities related to data, such as data access, data sharing, data quality, and data archiving. Synergy can also be achieved by working together on solutions regarding legal and ethical aspects.

DRI’s partner, the Irish Qualitative Data Archive at NUI Maynooth, is a member of the DASISH consortium.


Datacite is a not-for-profit organisation with the aim to establish easier access to research data on the Internet, to increase acceptance of research data as legitimate, citable contributions to the scholarly record, and to support data archiving that will permit results to be verified and re-purposed for future study. 

DRI has partnered with Datacite to assign Digital Object Identifiers (DOIs) as persistent identifiers for all objects in the Repository. DRI is the first Irish institution to mint DOIs for its digital objects.


The Digital Preservation Coalition (DPC) is an advocate and catalyst for digital preservation, enabling its members to deliver resilient long-term access to content and services, and helping them to derive enduring value from digital collections. They raise awareness of the importance of the preservation of digital material and the attendant strategic, cultural and technological issues.

DRI is a member of the DPC, and Dr. Natalie Harrower has organised several training and partnership events with them (e.g. Trust and Digital Preservation; Getting Started in Digital Preservation)


Europeana rolls multimedia library, museum and archive into one digital website combined with Web 2.0 features. It offers direct access to digitised books, audio and film material, photos, paintings, maps, manuscripts, newspapers and archival documents that are Europe’s cultural heritage.

DRI is a partner in the Europeana network, and has been an active participant in several initiatives. For example, DRI won an award for Application with the Greatest Social Impact at the Hack4Europe! hackathon in Dublin which is featured on Europeana's guest blog, our app LocationLODer, which exploits the Linked Data set created we helped to created with's place names database, is the first public application to make use of Europeana's API. We are also active at Europeana AGMs and strategy sessions.


FIAT/IFTA, the International Federation of Television Archives, is the world's leading professional association for those engaged in the preservation and exploitation of broadcast archives.

DRI is a member of this international network and co-hosted the Archiving Tomorrow 2016 conference, which FIAT/IFTA also provided support for.


The International Council on Archives (ICA) is dedicated to the effective management of records and the preservation, care and use of the world's archival heritage through its representation of records and archive professionals across the globe. There are approximately 1400 members in 198 countries and territories and ICA partners include UNESCO, the Council of Europe and Blue Shield International.

DRI is a member of the ICA, as well as a member of the following ICA sections: Section for Local, Municipal and Territorial Archives, Section on University and Research Institution Archives, ICA European Regional Branch (EURBICA).




The PrestoCentre Foundation is a non-profit, membership-driven organisation that brings together a global community of stakeholders in audiovisual digitisation and digital preservation to share, work and learn. PrestoCentre works with experts, researchers, advocates, businesses, public services, educational organisations and professional associations to enhance the audiovisual sector's ability to provide long-term access to cultural heritage.

DRI are members of the Presto4U network, and were invited to join the Core Expert Group for the Community of Practice for Learning and Teaching Repositories. Dr. Sandra Collins was a member of the Expert Group and Rebecca Grant and Kate McCarthy contributed.


The Research Data Alliance (RDA) implements the technology, practice, and connections that make Data work across barriers. The Research Data Alliance aims to accelerate and facilitate research data sharing and exchange. This ambitious organisation is funded by the EU, the Australian and the US governments. 

RDA Europe is the European plug-in to the Research Data Alliance (RDA). The goal of RDA is to accelerate international data-driven innovation and discovery by facilitating research data sharing and exchange. This is achieved through the development, adoption, and deployment of infrastructure, policy, practice, standards, and other deliverables. The emphasis of RDA is adoption and deployment as the result of focussed, short-term effort.

RDA 3 is the third phase of RDA Europe, and DRI are funded in this phase underneath the Coordinating Support Activity (CSA) grant. DRI Director Dr. Natalie Harrower is on the RDA Europe Board of Directors and our Digital Archivist Rebecca Grant is the European co-chair of the Archives and Records Professionals for Research Data Interest Group. 

DRI also co-hosted the third plenary of the RDA in Dublin, in March 2014.