MIRR is Live!
Launch of Mary Immaculate College‘s Research Repository
Today saw the launch of MIRR (the Mary Immaculate College Research Repository). This is a RIAN compliant open-access repository for research materials generated by MIC staff, postgraduates and research groups.
MIRR is both an Institutional repository and a Digital Archive. The Institutional Repository is an online "open access" database of published research and other scholarly content. The Digital Archive holds material form the MIC Research Centres and other archived collections. Currently the MIRR holds over 500 digital archive items including the English and Irish Oral History Interview collections and interviews and episodes from Wired FM. MIRR also contains over 200 of MIC’s academic staff publications and is constantly expanding.
Speaking on this initiative Prof. Michael Healy, Vice President of Research (MIC) said
“MIRR parallels similar repositories under development across the university sector in Ireland and elsewhere. It makes research and scholarly materials produced in MIC available to the wider academic community through specific searches, internet searches and dedicated search engines, thus increasing the visibility of MIC research in its areas of strength, and publicising our research nationally and internationally. The potential of this facility in terms of new opportunities for collaborations is recognised and we welcome new developments in this area”.
Continuing he explained that MIRR is underpinned by the principles of the Open Archive Initiative whose mission statement focuses upon "opening up access to a range of digital materials". Facilities such as this are now commonplace and most of the University-level institutions are currently preparing to introduce such a facility or have already done so. The importance of developments in this area is emphasized in the RIA report Advancing Humanities and Social Science Research in Ireland (2007). It is intended to link MIRR to the IUA Libraries National Research Portal, RIAN, which will establish an Irish national portal that provides a single window into research publications nationally. Mary Immaculate College has been accepted as a member of RIAN and is working towards becoming part of the open access RIAN community.
The MIRR project was an initiative originally undertaken and driven in MIC by the MIRR steering Group (Prof. Michael Healy, Vice President of Research; Professor Michael Breen, Dean of Arts; Gerardine Moloney, Librarian and Paul Murphy IT Manager) and since October 2012 David Cowhey, Edel Murphy and work-placement student Seamus Hogan have been working on it full-time. Their work involves collecting, collating and preparing academic publications, research presentations, research theses and archival materials for inclusion in the MIRR.
Paying tribute to those involved in the establishment and on-going development of MIRR President of MIC, Prof. Michael A Hayes said;
“The establishment of the Mary Immaculate Research Repository is a significant development for MIC in enhancing its research profile to a wider audience. I congratulate all who have been involved in this strategic development”.
To view the MIRR please click on the following link: (MIRR) Mary Immaculate Research Repository
Pictured at the recent launch of MIRR at Mary Immaculate College were:
Back Row: Prof. Michael Healy, David Cowhey, Edel Murphy and Prof. Michael Breen
Front Row: Seamus Horgan, Prof. Michael A Hayes and Paul Murphy.