posted by Elaine Byrne
The excellent Irish State Administration Database is now accessible at www.isad.ie
This resource provides a dataset capturing the establishment, growth and evolution of Ireland’s state administration from the foundation of the Irish Free State in 1922 to the present. In so doing, it constitutes a major research infrastructure for the humanities and social sciences in Ireland, and is of benefit to political scientists, historians, lawyers, sociologists and specialists in public policy. It should also be of interest to public servants and public representatives.
The database, complied by Niamh Hardiman, Muiris MacCarthaigh & Colin Scott, records information about all national-level public organisations i.e. central Government departments and the agencies under their aegis, commercial state-owned enterprises and other relevant public bodies and institutions. For each such organisation, the database tracks its creation and any subsequent changes to its organisational status (e.g. mergers with other organisations, privatisations etc) as well as the evolution of its defining characteristics which include its functions, legal status and policy fields within which it operates.
There will an opportunity to explore the full capabilities of the database at a hands-on demonstration session in UCD on Tuesday 23 November, 3-5pm. This will be held in computer lab G-5 in the Daedalus Building, near the terminus of the number 10 bus in Belfield. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to attend before Friday 19 November.