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HIBERNIA : Historic Ireland's Build Environment and Road Network Inventory Access

Abstract: Data recovered from the project "Historic Ireland's Build Environment and Road Network Inventory Access" (HIBERNIA), which had been a web enablement of two earlier inventories: the Dublin Environmental Inventory (DEI) and the Dublin Docklands area master plan inventory (DDAMP) (both undertaken by the School of Architecture, Landscape and Civil Engineering, University College Dublin). The combined inventories include historical, geographical, and architectural information collected from 1993 to 1995 for 1,280 of Dublin's buildings.

  • Laefer, Debra L. [Research team head, Principal Investigator] (University College Dublin)

In collection Urban Modelling Group (UMG)

Origin information
Belfield, Dublin 4, Ireland : UCD Library, University College Dublin
Date created:
Date issued:
Type of Resource
mixed material
still image
Physical description
6 data files (application/zip) (application/octet-stream) (text/csv) (text/xml) (image/gif) (image/jpeg)
Information for each building is presented in a single record comprised of its location, orthogonally correct photographs (for most buildings), and a detailed description of its history, architecture, unique features, as well as bibliographic references. Information for streets has similar details but there are no associated images. The information was recovered from digital and paper archives and compiled into a resource comprising a database and associated images. These data were made available from 2008 through 2013 via a search-enabled web site, at
"In total, data for 1280 building and 93 streets relevant to the DEI and DDAMP were recovered, plus over 800 other building records that were collected during the DEI survey but were never included in the final published project due to resource and time limitations. The buildings records formed the core of the inventory, with details of architecture, history, and in-depth biographical references. The street records gave an overview of the evolution of the area and also contained detailed historical, mapping, and biographical references. After conversion, the recovered files were reviewed for usable data and completeness, followed by an archiving of the original data files and the pioneering of a structure for archiving new data."--Morrish & Laefer, Web-Enabling of Architectural Heritage Inventories (2010)
Data made available here have been captured from the FileMakerPro database that provided access to information on the HIBERNIA web site. The database consisted of two tables, representing respectively data for buildings and streets. 1,074 GIF and JPEG images associated with a majority of records identifying buildings were also recovered from the file systems of the HIBERNIA web server.
Data available: Buildings
Information is made available for the buildings table and associated images in one series, and information for streets in another. In particular, data for buildings is made avilable as received, including the original FileMaker Pro data files (versions 7 and 12) as well as dumps of data in XML and CSV formats; the associated images are available for download in a single zip-compressed file archive.
Data available: Streets
Information for streets is made available as received, including the original FileMaker Pro data files (versions 7 and 12) as well as dumps of data in XML and CSV formats.
Additional access to curated records
In addition to downloadable files, each descriptive record from the HIBERNIA buildings table is made available in the UCD Digital Library as a separate resource, linked to the associated image file. These data have been further curated: emendations to descriptive metadata have been made (corrections and expansion of secondary source citations; addition of reference numbers from the Dublin City Council's Record of Protected Structures; geocoding of locations).
The HIBERNIA project was made possible by funding from the Heritage Council (Grant 15014) and UCD's Institute for Sustainable Development under the auspices of Urban Institute Ireland. The preparation of this inventory would not have been possible without the comprehensive work previously done by the students and staff of UCD's School of Architecture, Landscape, and Civil Engineering in the surveying and compilation of the original Dublin Environmental and Dublin Docklands Inventories and assistance from the UCD Richview Library.
Table of Contents
Buildings collection (downloadable data files) -- Streets collection (downloadable data files)
Dataset   linked data (dct)
Heritage Council, 15014

Referenced by
Morrish, Seán William, Laefer, Debra L.. International Journal of Architectural Heritage Web-Enabling of Architectural Heritage Inventories 37 –
[1] Henderson, Emmeline. history and analysis of the inventory recording of Ireland's post-Medieval architecture, conducted since the signing of the Venice Charter, 1964. Dublin : University College Dublin20132005 37
[2] University College Dublin, School of Architecture, Custom House Docks Development Authority. Dublin Docklands. Dublin : School of Architecture UCD2013 37
[3] University College Dublin, UCD School of Architecture, Custom House Docks Development Authority. Dublin docklands area. Dublin : School of Architecture, University College Dublin for the Custom House Docks Development Authority2013 37
Record source
Metadata creation date: 2013-08 — Record identifier: info:fedora/ucdlib:24080

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