DRI is delighted to welcome our newest member, University College Cork.
University College Cork – National University of Ireland, Cork is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. Amongst other rankings and awards, the university was named Irish University of the Year by the Sunday Times on four occasions; most recently in 2015/2016. In 2015, UCC was also named as top performing university by the European Commission funded U-Multirank system, based on obtaining the highest number of "A" scores (21 out of 28 metrics) among a field of 1200 partaking universities. UCC also became the first university to achieve the ISO 50001 standard in energy management in 2011.
UCC is also a consortium partner in the Digital Arts and Humanities (DAH) programme, of which DRI is the co-ordinating body in the Royal Irish Academy. The Digital Humanities programme is a leader in research and development in the area.
DRI believes its national mandate is best achieved through partnership, so it continues to build relationships and collaborations with national and international centres of excellence in digital preservation, and with the owners and custodians of cultural and social content. As a member of DRI, UCC will be able to ingest its digital material for long term preservation in the Repository, and be more directly involved in the shaping of DRI's future. This material will include research data, an important output of humanities and social science research in today's universities.
Commenting on the partnership, Eoghan O Carragáin, Head of Research and Digital Services at Boole Library said: “UCC researchers have already established strong links with the DRI, and we're looking forward to continued collaboration to support access to and preservation of unique research data and collections.”
DRI Director Natalie Harrower said: "I look forward to working closely with UCC in the successful stewarding of various form of data from their researchers and collections. To begin with, the 'Irish Women at Work' oral history project will make a wonderful addition to the collections available on DRI. Alongside this archiving work, we are engaged in a pilot project to archive and share research data from UCC's DAH PhD students, to expand the reach of the data they produced, as well as to provide a legacy for the PRTLI5 Cycle 5-funded DAH PhD programme. These projects alone are very exciting, but I see them as just the start of our partnership with UCC in the realm of data stewardship and digital preservation."