About the Online Collections

It has been the tradition in ITMA since 2008 to upload a new selection of digitised materials every two months. But now it is time for us to pause, as we prepare for the launch of the fourth ITMA website.This is an exciting and busy time for ITMA staff and we are really looking forward to sharing the new platform with you.

ITMA has always been eager to explore and exploit technology since going online in 1993. Since 2008 it has made 1,222 books; 1,928 images; 2,687 sound recordings; 384 videos: 6,155 interactive scores; 5 microsites and 7 Discover exhibitions freely available online. This wealth of existing material will be migrated to our new website and then a new journey of digital curation will begin. (1 February 2017)

Most of the items in the ITMA’s collections are in the copyright of others – performers, composers and other creators, publishers and broadcasters, etc. – and cannot therefore be made available in this way. The complete range of materials held by the ITMA can only be fully accessed by visitors to the Archive’s premises, on a reference basis.

But the ITMA holds a considerable amount of older material which is out of copyright, and it has reached agreement with some copyright holders to make use of material which they own. It is this material which will be made available here by degrees as ITMA resources and threatened new changes in European copyright law allow (these changes will bring copyright-free items back into restrictive copyright).

The first selections of materials being made available here are sample sound recordings, printed materials, and visual materials. They are added to every two months.

Materials are made available here for the enjoyment and interest of users under the provisions of Irish copyright law. They may be shared with others on the same basis. In any non-commercial use  of materials, the source must be identified as ‘Courtesy of the Irish Traditional Music Archive’ or ‘Le Dea-Mhéin Taisce Cheol Dúchais Éireann’. You may not manipulate or modify the materials supplied, or use them for any commercial purpose.