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National University of Ireland, Galway

With over 17,000 students and more than 2,200 staff, NUI Galway has a distinguished reputation for teaching and research excellence. The University also has a strong connection to the Irish language, and community outreach plays a large role in academic life. NUI Galway’s involvement in DRI’s development will draw upon the skill-sets of three complementing departments. Acadamh na hOllscolaíochta Gaeilge is dedicated to the sustainable development, management and delivery of teaching and research programmes through Irish. It has attracted €1M in research funding in the fields of the Social Sciences and the Digital Humanities and has made particularly significant inroads in Digital Archiving, recognising its importance in the context of the Irish language.

The Moore Institute for the Humanities and Social Sciences has hosted several projects in Digital Humanities since 2003. The Moore Institute hosts two major digital projects concerned with Irish cultural heritage: the Thomas Moore Hypermedia Archive, a multimedia electronic edition of the collected literary and musical works of the nineteenth-century Irish poet, and the TEXTE project (Transfer of Expertise in the Technologies of Editing), a digital humanities research and training programme.

The Huston School of Film and Digital Media hosts graduate programmes in film production and direction, digital media and public advocacy, with a particular emphasis on the creative use of digital technology. Its student short films have won awards at several festivals, and it has established links with international film institutions such as the Binger Institute, Amsterdam and Napier University, Edinburgh.

Role, Contributions to the Project, Expectations of Outcomes

In addition to playing roles in long-term planning, project management and requirements analysis, NUI Galway will contribute to WP4 (Policies and guidelines) and WP10, where we will create a demonstration project that will place a particular emphasis on the delivery of Irish language contemporary audio-visual content to a wide audience which includes researchers, students and the general public.