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MIRR is now Live on RIAN

Mary Immaculate College‘s Research Repository on the National Research Portal

We are delighted to announce that the Mary Immaculate Research Repository (MIRR) is now part of RIAN, the national research portal which centralises all the open access repository services for Ireland.

RIAN, the Irish word for pathways, is the outcome of a sectoral higher education project supported by the Irish Government's 'Strategic Innovation Fund'. Project planning was carried out by the seven Irish university libraries (DCU, NUIG, NUIM, TCD, UCC, UCD and UL) and was supported by the Irish Universities Association (IUA). Rian, which went live in June 2010, consists of the seven Irish universities, DIT and as of now Mary Immaculate College.

The project aim is to harvest to one portal the contents of the Institutional Repositories of all the institutions involved, in order to make Irish research material more freely accessible, and to increase the research profiles of individual researchers and their institutions. All publications on the Mary Immaculate Research Repository are now available through www.rian.ie.

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.

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 co-op 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.

Speaking on this recent development initiative Prof. Michael Healy, Vice President of Research (MIC) said

I am delighted that all publications on the Mary Immaculate Research Repository are now available through www.rian.ie. The key benefit of being part of RIAN is that research at MIC has greater availability and visibility worldwide. The MIRR facility will allow research and scholarly materials produced in MIC to be available to the wider academic community through specific searches, internet searches and dedicated search engines. This will increase the prominence of MIC research in its areas of strength, and it will help publicise our research nationally and internationally. The potential of this facility in terms of new opportunities for collaborations is recognised and we welcome the new developments in this area”.

 

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