3rd July 2019
Dr. Natalie Harrower Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland shares what winning not just 1 but 3 Ireland eGovernment Awards, including the Overall Award meant to her and her colleagues.
The Digital Repository was not a big project but one which had a large impact on the public and the Irish diaspora. With a small budget and a huge effort made by Dr. Natalie Harrower and her team resulted in the project winning multiple awards and national recognition.
“Inspiring Ireland from the Digital Repository of Ireland is a really innovative and really important solution to a problem: we have a wealth of cultural heritage in Ireland. This project was about making that information – that richness of cultural heritage – available to the country and to Irish citizen abroad. But not only Irish citizens – equally people who have an interest in Ireland” commented awards judge Paddy Hopkins (former Company Secretary at Enterprise Ireland).
From L-R: Dr. Sandra Collins; An Taoiseach Enda Kenny, TD; Dr. Natalie Harrower
Natalie believes the attendant publicity enabled the Digital Repository of Ireland to win further funding for a series of exhibitions which contributed to the ongoing sustainability of the Digital Repository of Ireland, helping secure longer-term funding for what was initially a short term project.
Project Lead Dr. Sandra Collins (who has since become Director of the National Library of Ireland) said:
“Winning the eGovernment Awards mean so much to us, this recognition shows the value of our work and the passion and commitment of our amazing team in the Digital Repository of Ireland. Inspiring Ireland is a truly collaborative endeavor, and it shows the inspirational content in our Cultural Institutions, and their expertise and professionalism. We’re sincerely grateful for the eGovernment Awards, and for the support of our funders and our partners.”
Former winners and judges share what winning and Ireland eGovernment Awards means.
by Maeve Kneafsey