As a community hub, DRI facilitates and helps build a network of shared interest to forward the goals of preserving, stewarding, and providing access to Ireland’s social and cultural digital heritage. This community hub provides support for best practices in data management, fosters collaboration and economies of scale, and provides ready opportunities to leverage funding for research projects. DRI helps cultural institutions, archives, government agencies and local groups to both preserve and share their collections, enabling a wider audience to be reached. DRI also stewards research data, preserving it, and making it 'as open as possible, and as closed as necessary,' ensuring that data is FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable and resuable) in line with best practices in Open Science.
“DRI is not only an exemplar in digital preservation, it is leading the way internationally.”
-- Statement from the judges of the 2016 International Digital Preservation Awards
“TII is strongly committed to the open data strategy in operation across the public sector and is very excited at the prospect of enhancing and enlarging the number of archaeology and related datasets available through the TII Digital Heritage Collections. As a full member we can truly capitalise on the expertise available through the DRI and ensure that the wealth of new archaeological information that has been accumulated since 2001 benefits the general public and heritage professionals to the greatest extent possible.”
-- Rónán Swan, Head of Archaeology and Heritage at Transport Infrastructure Ireland (DRI's first member under the new Membership model)