The Duanaire project borrows the Irish word for song-book or anthology (loosely, a 'treasury'), to convey the sense of a rich, varied corpus handed down and explored anew. This project, led by Dr Aidan Kane (economics at NUI Galway), will open up a wealth of Irish economic history data, and in particular, Irish fiscal history data, by making accessible online a range of datasets in flexible forms to diverse audiences. The project is constructing a unique infrastructure for the imaginative curation, exploration, and sharing of significant tranches of Irish economic history data.
Duanaire's first release is a fine-grained dataset of the public finances of Ireland in the 18th century. The core sources are the detailed accounts of revenues and expenditures printed in the Journals of the House of Commons of the Kingdom of Ireland throughout the 1700s.
Duanaire's immediate agenda relates mainly to fiscal data for Ireland for a variety of periods. Next steps include datasets relating to:
Duanaire will also provide a platform for a wider community of researchers in Irish economic history to deposit datasets, in a curated environment—in particular, allowing datasets themselves to be cited. Find out more >>
Dr Aidan Kane