In this paper we describe a process of consultation and data gathering with key stakeholders conduced by the Digital Repository of Ireland (DRI) in 2011/2013. This paper will examine the contributions of the interview process to policy development and requirements gathering with a particular focus on access, reuse and community engagement.
The SPRUCE Project has applied community oriented approaches to support and sustain digital preservation activity. An emphasis on practitioner requirements and focused agile development has enabled the updating and refinement of key digital preservation toolsets that meet user needs. The capture and sharing of these requirements has provided a detailed snapshot of current curation practice, providing insight into practical practitioner needs for those able to fund and support tool and service development.