Dr. Ciara Breathnach, Department of History has been awarded €329,181 from the Irish Research Council as Principal Investigator of a project titled Irish Record Linkage, 1864-1913. 

The project will provide an innovative demonstrator for the re-use of Public Sector Information, applying linked data technologies to birth, death and marriage records, more commonly known as vital registration (VR/PSI) data (1864-1913) to reconstitute families and create longitudinal health histories.

The re-use of the data offers an opportunity to estimate VR under-reporting, a problem that continues to hamper World Health Organisation (WHO) efforts in reducing maternal and infant mortality rates.

Dr. Sandra Collins, Director of the Digital Repository of Ireland in the Royal Irish Academy is the Co-PI on this award.