The Royal Irish Academy/Acadamh RÍoga na hÉireann is an all-Ireland, independent, academic body that promotes study and excellence in the sciences, humanities and social sciences. It is the principal learned society in Ireland and has approximately 400 members who are elected in recognition of their academic achievements. It contributes to public debate and advises on public policy formation on issues of major interest.
The RIA takes responsibility for the management of the DHO as a national infrastructural resource for researchers and postgraduate training. The Academy’s participation in this forward-looking and ambitious undertaking is indicative of its important role as a coordinator of research partnerships in Ireland, while being entirely consonant with its traditional mission of promoting excellence in scholarship. Moreover, the launch of the HSIS collaboration, with the Academy firmly at its centre, ensures that it is placed securely at the forefront of cutting-edge humanities research well into the twenty-first century.
Academy Digital Resources
The Academy’s extensive contribution to the HSIS consortium also includes the delivery of two distinct but related research project strands collectively known as the Academy Digital Resources (ADR).
The first of these projects is building up a virtual research environment to supplement St. Patrick’s Confessio with several layers of significant contextual information, including links to the corresponding passages as they appear in facsimiles of the manuscripts witnesses, in diplomatic transcriptions, in critical editions, and in translations.
The second project is the complete web-publication of the Library’s Doegen Collection, an important archive of Irish speech recordings made in the late 1920s. This project will take the remastered archive to the web and enhance it with value-added contextual data, resulting from specialist analysis of the linguistic components and supporting commentary. Both ADR projects, while building on the Academy’s well-established track record in humanities research, will lead to full web publication via the DHO.