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Art & Architecture of Ireland

Art and Architecture of Ireland (AAI) is one of Royal Irish Academy's research projects, involving collaboration with all of the main academic and art institutions in Ireland. The outcome of the AAI project will be published in five volumes by Yale University Press in 2014. The five volumes will cover medieval art and architecture, painters, sculptors, architects and contemporary art, including printmaking, photography and video art.

Research for the project involve examinations of archival sources, contemporary newspapers and other relevant documents in Ireland, Britain and the USA. Editors are drawn from experts at TCD, UCD, University of Pittsburgh and the Crawford Gallery of Art. The full list of institutions involved in the project include: UCD, TCD, NCAD, the Crawford College of Art, the National Gallery of Ireland, the Irish Museum of Modern Art, Dublin City Gallery, the Hugh Lane, the National Museum of Ireland and the Limerick City Gallery of Art.


In order to support various activites within the AAI project, including both research and collaboration, there was a key requirements identified by the project managers and editors for a content management facility with following essential features: web-based access, user management, security (authentication and authorisation), document management (e.g. version control, logging, search, data archiving, tagging etc.) and collaboration support including document sharing, task management and online discussions.

ICHEC significantly contributed in specifying the AAI project requirements and identifying a suitable system to address these requirements. ICHEC hosted the demo content management system (running on the Be Smart - Cooperate Worldwide, or BSCW, platform) for training and testing purposes. In addition, ICHEC staff provided hands-on training and user support to the members of the AAI project in adapting and using the content management system.

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