A digital object refers to metadata, and the associated digital asset e.g. an image, a document, an audio file etc. A digital object without assets, i.e. metadata only, is also a valid digital object.
All content on the digital library is within a specific collection. A collection is made up of digital objects.
A digital object identifier (DOI) is a persistent identifier for a digital object. A DOI provides an unchanging link to an open, web accessible page; in the case of DRI, the digital object within the repository.
The digital library will automatically generate and display citations to the digital objects it holds, these citations will be in the following format: Creator (Publication Date) Title, Publisher, NAME [Depositing Institution]. DOI
When you are viewing an object or collection, you can generate a citation by clicking "Cite" under the "Object Tools" menu in the sidebar.
An orphan work is a work protected by copyright, where the rightholder cannot be determined and/or contacted.
A collection is a group of digital objects. A collection may contain different types of objects e.g. images, audio, text, metadata. A collection is an aggregation of digital objects which may be linked by subject, location, ownership, etc.
Metadata is data about data. Usually the metadata of an object describes and explains the related digital or physical asset.
The reuse of data is dependent on the licence that is assigned to the data. We use a range of licences. You can get more information on what each type of licence means in the DRI Publication DRI Copyright, Licencing, and Open Access Factsheet
When reusing images, you must consult the licence metadata that has been applied to the image.
It can be used by anyone, including but not limited to, primary and second level pupils, undergraduate and postgraduate students, educators and academic researchers, historians, local interest groups and public researchers with a specific interest in Irish cultural heritage.
You don't have to register to use the digital library, however if you sign up and register you can gain access, or apply for access, to more restricted collections.
When searching, you can filter your search results by using facets. Facets can be found under the "Refine your search" feature. You can facet on: subject (temporal), subjects, places, names, language, mediatype, and collection.
Yes, the digital library can be searched using boolean logic. To do so, you can include the words "AND", "OR", "NOT", and "AND NOT" in your free text query.
The digital library uses the Lucene Query Syntax for searching. You can make use of various different types of queries including, keyword matching, wildcard matching, and proximity matching. For more details on how to use these types of queries, please see the Lucene guide .
When you are viewing an object or collection, you can bookmark an object or collection by pressing "Bookmark Object" or "Bookmark Collection" respectively, under the "Object Tools" menu in the sidebar.
You can share openly accessible content on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+, and can also share a URL.