Using FAIR data from Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector

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29 Sep 2020 UTC

Using FAIR data from Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector

29 Sep 2020 - 16:00 UTC


The Research Data Alliance Ireland national node, the Digital Repository of Ireland and with the support of Europeana Research, held the first virtual meeting in a series dedicated to Findable, Accessible, Interoperable and Reusable (FAIR) and open data for the Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums (GLAM) sector.


The session took place on Tuesday, 29 September, 15:00 -16:00 IST (16:00 - 17:00 CEST) and featured a series of case studies highlighting the benefits of using and publishing FAIR and open data for the GLAM sectors.


View the session recording below: 


Speakers included:

  • Director of the National Library of Ireland (NLI) and RDA Ireland node coordinator, Dr Sandra Collins: Introductory remarks will be provided by Dr Sandra Collins, Director of the National Library of Ireland and RDA Ireland node coordinator. Dr Collins is a member of the Council of the Research Data Alliance, and serves on the Conference of European National Librarians Executive Committee, the Boards of the Consortium of National and University Libraries in Ireland, the Irish Manuscripts Commission and the Chester Beatty Library, and the Irish Government’s Expert Advisory Group for Commemorations. She has served on a number of European Commission Expert Advisory Groups including Research Infrastructures and FAIR data. Dr Collins and the organisation she leads are committed to supporting culture for everyone, open data, diversity and inclusion, and collecting and curating the memory of a nation.
  • Field Archaeologist, Jennifer McCarthy: Jennifer is the inaugural winner of the DRI Early Career Researcher Award. Her winning submission drew significantly on archaeological survey reports in the Transport Infrastructure Ireland Digital Heritage Collection in the DRI. Jennifer will provide a case study on how she used the data in DRI in her research. 
  • Co-Investigator of Return to Sender, Dr. Garfield Benjamin: Garfield is a postdoctoral researcher at Solent University, working on issues between technology, society and culture, including privacy, AI and online platforms. They were a member of the interdisciplinary team of researchers that worked on Return to Sender, a project funded by the Europeana Research Grant programme. Return to Sender is an original, dynamic visualisation of the Postcards collection within the Europeana 1914-1918 thematic archive. Garfield will provide a case study on how the project team used data from Europeana in their research.
  • University of Glasgow Professor of Digital Humanities, Dr. Lorna Hughes: Lorna is a specialist in Digital Humanities and has worked on several projects including the digital archive 'The Welsh Experience of the First World War' (; the Living Legacies 1914-18 Engagement Centre; and Listening and British Cultures: listeners’ responses to music in Britain, c. 1700-2018. Lorna is Chair of the Europeana Research Advisory Board and from 2011-2015 was Chair of the European Science Foundation’s Network for Digital Methods in the Arts and Humanities. Professor Hughes’s talk will focus on community generated content, in the framework of the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) funded Reflections on the Centenary Project.