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Irish Record Linkage 1864-1913

About the Project

Irish Record Linkage is a project funded by the Irish Research Council, and developed in partnership with the Digital Repository of Ireland, University of Limerick and Insight at NUI Galway.

The project aims to provide a comprehensive map of infant and maternal mortality for Dublin from 1864-1913. The project will reconstruct family units and create longitudinal histories by linking records of Birth, Marriage and Death (vital registration data), generously provided by the General Register Office.

In order to link individuals, the project will create a Knowledge Platform entitled Irish Record Linkage (IRL) to enhance the research potential of individual level metadata, using best practice in Digital Archiving to facilitate the application of Linked Data technologies, and ingesting content into the Digital Repository of Ireland for long term accessibility and preservation.

The application of Linked Data technologies with state of the art digital archiving, preservation and discovery technologies will allow us to interrogate this historical Big Data. 

For more detailed informatin on the project, read the article that was published in the ARAI Summer 2014 newsletter.

Project Team Members (Current and Former)

  • Dr. Ciara Breathnach, Lecturer in History, University of Limerick (Principal Investigator)
  • Dr. Brian Gurrin, Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Limerick
  • Dr. Sandra Collins, Director, Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy (Co-Principal Investigator)
  • Dolores Grant, IRL-DRI Digital Archivist, Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy
  • Rebecca Grant, DRI Digital Archivist, Digital Repository of Ireland, Royal Irish Academy (Associate Investigator)
  • Professor Stefan Decker, Director, Insight Centre at NUI Galway (Associate Investigator)
  • Dr. Oya Beyan, Ontology Engineer, Insight Centre at NUI Galway
  • Dr. Christophe Debruyne, DRI-INSIGHT Linked Data Specialist, Royal Irish Academy and Insight Centre, NUI Galway (Associate Investigator)

Past Events



University of Limerick
Digital Repository of Ireland
Insight@NUI Galway
General Records Office
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