The Dictionary of Irish Biography (DIB) is an academic research project managed by the Royal Irish Academy, with funding from the Higher Education Authority.
Since its launch in 2009, the DIB online has been available for institutions to purchase through a platform provided by Cambridge University Press (CUP), who also publish the hard copy volumes of the DIB (eleven to date).
In spring 2021, the DIB online moved to an ‘open access’ model, making the entire corpus freely available to all users through this website.
The DIB is immensely grateful to CUP for beginning the digital journey with us: hosting the DIB online for over a decade and for working with us to add hundreds of new entries to the corpus, and to those DIB purchasers who through their annual content fees made this resource available to so many.
The DIB open access website was built by the Royal Irish Academy with funding from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Dublin City Libraries. Dublin City Libraries are also contributing to the ongoing hosting and maintenance of the website through a ‘subscribe to open’ sponsorship.
The DIB website project owes a debt of gratitude to coding expert Ronan O’Sullivan, who supported the in-house IT team with the migration of the DIB corpus to the new website; and Mark Rasdale for providing legal support. Both kindly provided their services pro-bono.