Digital Repository of Ireland

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01 August 2018 911 reads

About the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI)

The Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) is the national trusted digital repository for Ireland's social science and humanities data. Awarded the Core Trust Seal in 2018, DRI adopts, promotes, and works to create international best practice in digital archiving and digital preservation across the cultural and higher education sectors, with particular attention to digital cultural heritage, and research data management in line with the principles of Open Science. As a research centre and national e-infrastructure for the future of education and research in the humanities and social sciences, DRI is open access by default, and designed to be discoverable by the public, students and scholars.


DRI has been a funded partner in the RDA Europe 3.0 and 4.0 projects via its administrative home at the Royal Irish Academy, and was the local host for the March 2014 RDA Plenary 3 in Dublin. Harnessing its expertise and international networks in humanities and social science data archiving and preservation, DRI works to build capacity in domains that are underrepresented in RDA’s membership and WG/IG structures, focusing on the engagement of researchers and data practitioners. In addition to providing data curation, archiving and long-term preservation services at a national level, the DRI is a community hub for knowledge-sharing, and for driving the development of best practice guidelines and policy at national and European levels to support digital preservation, and open and FAIR research data. DRI leverages its substantial reach and influence in SSH communities and networks to engage researchers, funders and policy makers in RDA activities and discussion forums, and encourages the adoption of the RDA guidelines and Recommendations at the national and international levels.

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Natalie Harrower
Director, DRI, Ireland

Natalie Harrower's picture Dr. Natalie Harrower is the Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland (, which provides digital archiving, online access, and trusted long term preservation for Ireland's social and cultural data. Originally a film and theatre scholar, Natalie's work spans the culture and higher education sectors, with expertise in digital cultural heritage (, data archiving, open science, and research data management. She is a member of the European Commission's FAIR data expert group, and recently served on the OECD's High Level Expert Group on Business Models for Sustainable Data Repositories. Natalie is a partner in the Research Data Alliance Europe, chairs ALLEA's e-Humanities working group, and serves on Ireland's National Open Research Forum.