The staff of eDIL gratefully acknowledges the help and support of numerous individuals and institutions without whom this work would not have been possible.
We would like to thank the Arts and Humanities Research Council who generously funded the project, allowing us to employ two full-time research associates/fellows over three years. Funding from the AHRC also enabled us to employ an external contractor to carry out the data capture and to program the search engine and web interface.
Thanks are due to the University of Ulster, which hosted the project, and in particular to the Director of the Research Institute Irish and Celtic Studies, Professor Séamus Mac Mathúna. Thanks are also due to the library staff of the University of Ulster, Queen’s University Belfast and the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies.
The Director would like to acknowledge assistance and advice provided during the planning stages for the Project, particularly from Dr Anthony Harvey of the Dictionary of Medieval Latin from Celtic Sources, Dr Beatrix Färber of CELT, and the late Professor Proinsias Mac Cana.
We are particularly grateful to Mr Peter Flynn of University College Cork who provided us with essential training in XML mark-up at the beginning of the project and has generously offered advice and assistance ever since. Also to Dr Julianne Nyhan, formerly of the CELT project, University College Cork, who designed and implemented some of the automatic data transformations. We would also like to acknowledge the assistance of our UCC colleagues on theproject, Professor Donnchadh Ó Corráin, Dr Beatrix Färber, Dr Julianne Nyhan and Mr Ben Hazard. Thanks also to the Higher Education Authority which provided funding for that aspect of our work.
We are extremely grateful to Mrs. Natalia Abelian for contributing such elegance and style to the design of our web-site.
Sincere thanks are due to Ian Clark ofwho handled the data capture and later programmed the interface and search engine. Ian has always behaved with great professionalism, industry and dedication, and we are indebted to him for his enormous effort on this project.
We are extremely grateful to the Royal Irish Academy for permission to digitize the contents of DIL and publish it on the web. It also provided a complete set of fascicules of the Dictionary for scanning, and has made arrangements for the publication of the final electronic version, including the provision of server space to host it. Particular thanks are due to the Chief Executive, Mr Patrick Buckley, to Úna Uí Bheirn of Foclóir na Nua-Ghaeilge, and to the webmaster Mr Wayne Aherne.
We would like to thank staff of the Arts and Humanities Data Service for answering technical queries at various points, and Susan Schreibman of the Maryland Institute of Technology who taught a course on XSLT to Dr Fomin.
Finally, we would like to offer our sincere thanks to colleagues in Celtic Studies who have offered support and encouragement over the last number of years. We hope that this Dictionary lives up to their expectations.