Un-locking and preserving the cultural data of a nation.
RTÉ Archives announced today an ambitious collaboration with the Digital Enterprise Research Institute (DERI) and the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in the newly announced SFI “Big Data” Research Centre called Insight, to develop an innovative semantic content discovery platform to open up the treasures of the RTÉ Archives.
So what does that mean?
In short – this project will enable data to “come together”.
Working collaboratively with the new Insight Research Centre, this “proof of concept” project’s ambition is to simplify and significantly enhance data discovery for both audiences and businesses.
Linking the enormous amounts of data on the web so they can be “discovered” effortlessly, creating a vastly enriched and more rewarding experience for the user is the end goal of this exploratory project. Utilising the vast wealth of data housed within the RTÉ Archives for this project, the aim is to unlock the data allowing more sophisticated and easier use of the data, allowing RTÉ audiences and our own business, such as our News and Current Affairs division, creating new ways for us to explore data.
Brid Dooley – Head of RTÉ Archives comments, “We already have a huge amount of data on the web, what we want to do is use these new technologies that DERI, and DRI will develop to harness his data, join the dots and link stories across multiple domains. As a result what we’ll all experience is a new level of connectivity”.
“From a DRI perspective, we want to preserve and unlock the wealth of cultural, news and sporting data that shaped Ireland as a nation, making it infinetly more discoverable”, said Dr. Sandra Collins from DRI, “We’re going to realise this by partnering with Insight who will deliver sophisticated tools that will enable us to capture this data from multiple sources”.