Humanities Serving Irish Society
Funded under cycle four of the Programme of Research in Third Level Institutions (PRTLI), the Humanities Serving Irish Society (HSIS) initiative is a partnership of equals committed to developing an inter-institutional research infrastructure for the humanities. Consisting of the Royal Irish Academy, Queen’s University, Belfast, University of Ulster, University College Cork, National University of Ireland Galway, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Trinity College Dublin, University College Dublin, Dublin City University and University of Limerick.
The HSIS consortium will build a joint national platform for the coordination and dissemination of humanities research, teaching and training at an all-island level
In recognition of its unique multi-institutional membership and all-Ireland remit and experience, it was agreed that the Royal Irish Academy would act as the central coordinator of this new research infrastructure.
The centerpiece of the HSIS collaboration is the Digital Humanities Observatory (DHO), a sophisticated web-based humanities resource, which will store, preserve and provide access to the increasingly complex range of e-resources now being created in the humanities.
The DHO will work to ensure a set of common standards based on best international practice to enable the fullest exploitation of existing national research collections and data repositories. In doing so, the DHO will be filling a critical gap in Ireland’s humanities research infrastructure, as identified by a wide range of policy documents and reviews including the Academy’s report: Advancing Humanities and Social Science Research in Ireland. The DHO will also incorporate a strong teaching and learning aspect by contributing seminars to a HSIS bi-semestrial postgraduate seminar series as well as organising its own annual standards seminars and technical workshops.